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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

BG, Pinkerton, in showdown for lax crown

By JOE MARCHILENA

The game that the Bishop Guertin High School boys lacrosse team expected to see at the beginning of the season is finally here.

The top-seeded Cardinals will take the field at Bedford High School at 7 p.m. Wednesday looking to win their fifth consecutive Division I championship, and it’s no surprise to coach Chris Cameron it will be No. 2 Pinkerton Academy on the other side of the field. ...

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The game that the Bishop Guertin High School boys lacrosse team expected to see at the beginning of the season is finally here.

The top-seeded Cardinals will take the field at Bedford High School at 7 p.m. Wednesday looking to win their fifth consecutive Division I championship, and it’s no surprise to coach Chris Cameron it will be No. 2 Pinkerton Academy on the other side of the field.

“I’m not surprised that it’s Pinkerton,” he said. “A lot of stuff we’ve been doing this year has been based on this game. I think the kids have been sitting on this game for a while.”

It’s fitting that this is the matchup.

The Bishop Guertin (18-2) seniors will be playing the Astros (17-3) in the final for the third time, and a win for the Cardinals would be the fifth in a row, breaking the record the program shares with Pinkerton (1994-97, 1999-2002). It’s also the sixth time the programs have met in the championship game; the Cardinals have won four of the five previous meetings.

Cameron is hoping that none of that is on his players’ minds Wednesday night.

“I think these guys are ready to play and they’re not concerned with the past,” he said. “They’re just going to focus on this one game. We’ll let Pinkerton worry about the past.”

When the teams met in the regular season, Bishop Guertin got out to a 10-3 lead at halftime, but had to hang on in the second half for a 14-11 win, as Pinkerton’s style of play drew the Cardinals into several penalties. The Astros took advantage of their man-up situations, and a couple of times, were one stop away from tying the game.

Since that game, Pinkerton hasn’t lost, winning 10 in a row including the playoffs, and in the Astros’ last nine games, they haven’t allowed more than eight goals.

“They’re good,” Cameron said. “There are some things they do that we’ll have to tweak (the game plan) a little bit. They’re aggressive, so if they take penalties, and our man-up is in high gear right now.”

The Cardinals have been playing well on defense, as well. Since giving up 14 to LaSalle Academy (R.I.) on May 10, Bishop Guertin has allowed 4.8 goals per game.

That includes Sunday’s 11-3 win over Hanover in the semifinals. The Marauders scored under a minute into the second half, but were outscored 6-0 the rest of the way.

“I don’t know what we’ll see different,” Cameron said. “One thing that will be huge is the faceoffs. We got the better of them in the first game. That will be key.”