Bulldogs rebound; Defeat Generals


MANCHESTER >> After suffering a tough two-goal loss over the weekend to Woodstock, the Burr and Burton boys lacrosse team came out with something to prove on Monday, grinding out a 10-5 victory over Pittsfield.

Being held to a season-low seven goals in their loss to the Wasps, the Bulldogs made sure to get their scoring machine of an offense going early.

The BBA offense got started when senior Will Baker slammed home the first goal of the game to give the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead.

Baker, who did not play in BBA's loss to Woodstock, gave the Bulldogs the spark their offensive needed as the senior captain scored three goals in the first half to put his team up 5-2 at the half.

"I was able to get free in Pittsfield's zone for some open looks early on," Baker said. "With those open looks I was able to get some scoring opportunities and I was able finish on most of them."

Leading by three going into the second half, BBA saw another senior get their offense going in Max Pagnucco.

The spunky senior whisked a laser like shot right past the Pittsfield goaltender for his second goal of the afternoon to extend the Bulldogs lead to four.

"It was really fun to come out on our home field and rebound from our loss over the weekend," Pagnucco said. "Our offense did a great job moving the ball around and we were just clicking on all cylinders."

After Pittsfield trimmed BBA's lead to two with goals from Sean Baruch and Cam Giardina, the Bulldogs with the seconds ticking down in the third quarter, saw Carter Vickers feed a wide open Scott Trudel for a goal to give them a three goal lead going into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Baker and Pagnucco continued to pile up the stat sheet to seal the deal for BBA.

First it was Baker who off a nice pass from Sean Apps, slapped in his fourth goal of the afternoon and then Pagnucco joined Baker in the hat trick category, firing a shot off a nice from Apps as well into the net for his third goal of the game that gave BBA a 9-4 lead.

Baker then finished off his great day on the field by scoring his fifth goal of the game on a nice pass from fellow senior Nikolai Sands that put the Bulldogs in double digits and off to their fourth win of the season.

"It's great to score five goals, but the most important thing is that we won," Baker said. "Now we have to start focusing on our next opponent and continue grow."

Vickers finished with a goal and two assists in the Bulldogs win, while Apps dished out a team-high three assists.

BBA's goalie Jimmy LoMuscio had nine saves in his second start of the season for the Bulldogs

For Pittsfield, Baruch scored a team-high three goals in the loss.

Senior Kevin Quinto scored a goal for Pittsfield in the loss as well.

Pittsfield goalie Nikolai Pixley dazzled in goal for the Generals, collecting 19 saves in a losing effort.

"I thought we played really well, but we shot ourselves in the foot with penalties and bad passes," said Pittsfield coach Scott Aiken. "Nikoali was great in goal for us and I liked our effort on the field. We've just got to keep the effort and the intensity up game by game and we will have a better chance come out with a win."

With the win, BBA improves to 4-2 on the season.

"This was a good team win and a nice way to bounce back from a loss," said BBA coach Jason Pergament. "If we play as a team and don't hurt ourselves, we're a tough team to beat and I think the guys are seeing that. We just have to continue to stay focused on each game and play as a team. We do that, we have a good chance to win each game we play."

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Middlebury at 4 p.m.


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