Coach Brian O’Reilly has seen just about everything one can see from their team on lacrosse fields over the last three-plus decades, and O’Reilly watched his Pinkerton Academy boys’ lax crew close out its 2014 regular season last week with eight straight wins and a 15-3 overall record.
The Astros, whose last loss came nearly a month ago to the defending champions from Bishop Guertin of Nashua on May 5, drubbed both the Nashua North Titans and the visiting squad from Cape Elizabeth, Maine last week to finish up the regular season strong.
On Tuesday, May 27, the Astros played host to a 10-4 Nashua North crew that had won seven of its previous eight games. But the Titans were no match for the streaking academy side, which finished the day with a 16-1 blowout victory.
Pinkerton led 7-1 after one period and 16-1 by halftime. James Tulley and Brett Dattilo each scored three goals and dished out one assist for the victorious hosts, Todd Billetter scored three times as well, Austin Maylor was good for two goals and a helper, Sean Delea and Mason Barchard each scored a goal and passed out two assists, Jack Hanaway and Jake Lisauskas both snared a goal and a helper, and Cam Ward scored once. Pinkerton goalies Cam Hayward and Nick Richard each registered three saves in the lopsided win.
Pinkerton’s laxmen enjoyed the same level of success against the Maine crew the next day, bagging an 18-4 win by potting six unanswered goals in the first period, five more tallies in the second, six in the third, and one more in the fourth. Cape Elizabeth had entered the match with a 10-1 record.
The victorious hosts received four goals each from Maylor and Delea, four points from Evan Sweeney (3-1-4), six big points from Billetter (2-4-6), two goals from Lisauskas, and single scores from Hanaway, Connor Delea, and Sean Donohue. Liam Rooney and Barchard each contributed one assist. Hayward was good for six saves and Richard two in the PA cage.