Bishop Guertin girls lacrosse stops Pinkerton

Telegraph photo by TOM KING Bishop Guertin's Rylee Bouvier tries to get a shot off while bothered by Pinkerton defender Aana Blaszka during Tuesday's key Division I showdown at Stellos Stadium.

NASHUA – In what very well might have been a Division I girls lacrosse championship preview, Bishop Guertin defeated Pinkerton at Stellos Stadium on Tuesday, 16-12.

Bishop Guertin freshman Natalie Coutu opened scoring just under four minutes into the contest, with both teams trading goals until the first of what would be seven goals on the evening for Bishop Guertin sophomore Lindsay Hult near the midway point of the first half.

That goal sparked a 7-3 run for the Cardinals, culminating in Hult goal just six seconds left on the clock, giving the hosts a 10-5 advantage heading into the break.

Bishop Guertin added two more goals to begin the second half, but the Astros began to bounce back with goals from freshman Hailey Peredna and senior Kiley Davis coming just seconds apart, beginning a string of Pinkerton goals that put the Astros within a goal of tying up the contest again with 12:11 to play.

However, another Hult goal shifted momentum back toward Bishop Guertin’s direction, the Cardinals squelching all but one of Pinkerton’s remaining opportunities while adding another three insurance goals to put the game out of reach.

“We were a little slow to start, but then we got into our groove once those jitters were gone,” said Bishop Guertin Head Coach Kerry Gobiel. “Then Pinkerton started winning those draws in the second half, but what I respect about my girls is they didn’t hang their hat, they knew what we needed to do and with time, they’d be able to kick back.”

Hult, who also ended with three assists, noticed that the Pinkerton defense was overcommitting up top, allowing her to move into position for sharp scoring cuts toward the net either with the ball or while obtaining crisp passes from deep-lying teammates.

Despite her praise for the Astros, she knew that this was a game Bishop Guertin could win if they refocused following the visitors’ late comeback.

“We kind of sat back against them, but they were coming back quicker than we thought, so we were like, ‘guys, we’ve got the energy,'”, said Hult. “We just had to keep pushing.”

Freshman Rylee Bouvier finished with four goals for Bishop Guertin, while Coutu also added a second goal late in the contest.

Davis and Lillian Auger led the way for Pinkerton with three goals each.

Both teams came into play on Tuesday with 3-0 records, joining Bedford (4-0) and Souhegan (1-0) as the only remaining undefeated squads in Division I.

Bishop Guertin now heads to Londonderry for a 4 p.m. contest on Thursday while the Astros go to Portsmouth for a 10 a.m. game on Saturday.