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  • Staff photo by William Wrobel


    Bishop Guertin attack John Miller fires off a goal against Hanover High School in the Division 1 Boys Lacrosse Championship at Bedford High School Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Miller's goal set off a chain of unanswered goals by BG and led them to a 10-5 win over Hanover. Click here http://nashuatelegraph.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=42239812&event=1483348&CategoryID=16133 for a gallery of photos from the game.
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    Bishop Guertin Boys Lacrosse captain Colin Delea takes the championship plaque for a victory following BG's win at the Division 1 Boys Lacrosse Championships Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at Bedford High School. BG won 10-5, scoring 8 goals in the first half to Hanover High's 1. Click here http://nashuatelegraph.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=42239812&event=1483348&CategoryID=16133 for a gallery of photos from the game.
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    Luke Roever of Bishop Guertin takes the ball right to the net against Hanover High in the Division 1 Boys Lacrosse Championships Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Rover's goal was one of 10 scored by Bishop Guertin in their 10-5 win over Hanover Wednesday night at Bedford High. Click here http://nashuatelegraph.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=42239812&event=1483348&CategoryID=16133 for a gallery of photos from the game.
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    Bishop Guertin and Hanoer High players fight for a loose ball during the Division 1 Boys Lacrosse Championships at Bedford High School Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Click here http://nashuatelegraph.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=42239812&event=1483348&CategoryID=16133 for a gallery of photos from the game.
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    Hanover High School fans sream in frustration as Bishop Guertin took control of the entire first half during the Division 1 Boys Lacrosse Championships at Bedford High School Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Click here http://nashuatelegraph.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=42239812&event=1483348&CategoryID=16133 for a gallery of photos from the game.
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    Bishop Guertin's Tommy Vailas goes five-hole on Hanover High's goalkeeper during the Division 1 Boys Lacrosse Championships at Bedford High School Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Click here http://nashuatelegraph.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=42239812&event=1483348&CategoryID=16133 for a gallery of photos from the game.
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    Bishop Guertin's Casey Burnett watches his shot sail past the Hanover goalkeeper during the Division 1 Boys Lacrosse Championships at Bedford High School Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Click here http://nashuatelegraph.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=42239812&event=1483348&CategoryID=16133 for a gallery of photos from the game.
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    Bishop Guertin's Jay Krzyston lays a cross check on a Hanover High player during the Division 1 Boys Lacrosse Championships at Bedford High School Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Click here http://nashuatelegraph.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=42239812&event=1483348&CategoryID=16133 for a gallery of photos from the game.
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    Bishop Guertin's Blake Boudreau hustles for a loose ball during the Division 1 Boys Lacrosse Championships at Bedford High School Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Click here http://nashuatelegraph.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=42239812&event=1483348&CategoryID=16133 for a gallery of photos from the game.
Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bishop Guertin beats Hanover for 4th boys lacrosse title in 5 years

BEDFORD – Possession is crucial in lacrosse, and when you can possess the ball as well as the Bishop Guertin boys’ lacrosse team and play defense as well as the Cardinals can, it can make you just about unbeatable.

In Wednesday night’s Division I final, like every game all season, BG put its trust in junior face off specialist Blake Boudreau of Amherst.

Boudreau won the majority of face offs in the first half as BG built a 4-0 halftime lead, but it was in a wild third quarter that his skills helped seal the Cardinals fourth state title in five years.

Boudreau won seven of nine draws in the third quarter as the Cardinals broke it open to lead 10-2 on their way to a 10-5 victory.

“The first half was a battle,’’ Boudreau said. “At halftime coach (Chris) Cameron said ‘let’s get going.’

“I wanted to get our team that ball as much as I can and I think that gave us a lot of energy.’’

There were some who thought Hanover had a real shot at Guertin. They were the only New Hampshire school to knock off the Cardinals during the regular season. But Wednesday night, it was total domination from start to finish.

“After our performance in Hanover I thought they might be better than us,’’ Cameron said. “But I saw right away that our kids were ready to play and our matchups were on right on.’’

BG dominated position and led 3-0 after the first period, getting unassisted goals from Mike Astarita, John Karanasios and Tom Vailas.

Astarita and Karanasios found the back of the net from about 15 yards out, while Vailas ran in on the left side to stuff a point blank shot by Hanover goalie James Washington.

The Cardinals continued to dominate in the second quarter, making quick, precise passes as it probed the Hanover defense. With 2 minutes 30 seconds left in the half, a pass from behind the net by Casey Burnett found Luke Roever for a clean shot from 15 yards to make it 4-0 before halftime.

Hanover didn’t have many chances in the first half, but when it did Bishop Guertin goalie Colin Delea was flawless, stopping all five shots he faced.

“It always helps when I can make some big stops early,’’ Delea said. “Even though I’m making the saves, our defense should get credit for them because they’re always on the hands of the attack men, they’re always making shots easier for me.’’

The Cardinals kept up the pressure in the second half, scoring twice in the first two minutes to go up 6-0. Roever got his second of the game, then Vailas got his second on a feed from Domenic St. Laurent.

Hanover finally got on the board on a quick counterattack midway through the third, when a shot from Peter Benson deflected in off the netting of Delea’s stick.

The Cardinals got that one back when Paul Spinney converted a pass from Roever. Hanover’s Ryan Brigham quickly made it 7-2, but Burnett, who was the point man behind the net for the most of the night, broke it front to make it 8-2, then a few seconds later Connor Donahue scored on a Burnett assist.

Burnett made it 10-2 after three quarters on an unassisted goal. Hanover opened the scoring in the fourth quarter when Delea made an initial stop, but Hanover’s Christian Johansen, shut down most of the night by Bishop Guertin defender Bob Fahey, swept a loose ball into an open net.

But Hanover never did mount much of a comeback, getting two goals in the final two minutes from Ryan Wolter and Alex Krass.

Had Hanover won, each team would have three titles in the last six years. Now the question of New Hampshire supremacy has just one answer.