Veteran coach Brian O’Reilly’s Pinkerton Academy boys’ lacrosse squad was faced with several important tests recently. And the common denominator in those tests from the PA standpoint was the Astros’ willingness and ability to battle hard and give tough opponents a tough time.
The academy crew went up against the undefeated Bedford High Bulldogs in soggy and chilly conditions in Bedford last Wednesday, April 30, and had a tough 10-9 decision go against it thanks in large part to Bedford’s clutch, fourth quarter effort.
The match was knotted up at 3-3 after one period, and Pinkerton grasped a 7-6 advantage at the close of the first half.
But Bedford outscored its guest by a 4-2 tally in the second half, outdoing the Astros by a 2-0 count during quarter number four to bag the win.
Pinkerton, which moved to 6-2 overall with the loss, received three goals each from Evan Sweeney and Jake Lisauskas, a tally and two assists from Sean Delea, single goals from Brett Dattilo and Todd Billetter, and one assist from James Tulley.
Pinkerton goaltender Cam Hayward made 14 big stops in his net, and his teammates put 25 shots on the Bedford cage.
The Astros got right back down to their winning ways the next day on a lengthy road trip to Hanover. Coach O’Reilly and his charges came home with a hard-fought, 7-3 win to their credit.
The score was knotted up at 1-1 at the end of one quarter, but Pinkerton outscored the host Marauders (5-3) by a 3-1 tally in the second period and by a total 3-1 tally in the second half to accomplish the 7-3 victory.
Tulley scored three times, Sweeney was good for a goal and an assist, and Dattilo, Billetter, and Austin Maylor each scored once. Lisauskas was credited with two assists, and keeper Hayward made 10 saves in his net.