Bulldogs surge past Patriots on Senior Day
MANCHESTER >> Tuesday's boys lacrosse contest between Mount Anthony and Burr and Burton was a far cry from the previous matchups between the two rivals.
After BBA defeated MAU by one early on in the season, the Bulldogs this time ran away with the victory, beating their rival by a lopsided margin of 15-3.
Early on it looked like we were in for another great battle between the two schools, when senior Jeremy Bourgeouis ripped a shot into the net for a goal to give MAU a 1-0 lead.
After senior Scott Trudel scored for the Bulldogs to tie things up at 1-1, the two rivals continued to battle as both team's offenses were held in check until the final minutes of the first quarter.
That's where everything changed in the game.
With just under a minute left in the quarter, senior Max Pagnucco found fellow senior Will Baker wide open in front of the net and Baker slammed home the goal to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game.
Then after coach Jason Pergament called a timeout after BBA won the following face-off, the Bulldogs were at it again when junior Carter Vickers ripped in his first goal of the game to give his team a two goal lead.
The Bulldogs weren't done yet though and with the clock ticking down in the quarter, Vickers fed a nice pass to Trudel who slammed in his second goal of the contest, giving BBA three goals in the last minute of the 1st quarter for 4-1 lead going into the second period.
"We really started getting our offense going there at the end of the first quarter," Pergament said. "From there on we were able to score goals in bunches so that's huge for us to in that last minute to not only get a one goal lead going into the second quarter but get a nice three goal lead."
BBA continued their run from the end of the first quarter into the second quarter with Trudel scoring his third goal of the game to extend the Bulldogs' lead to four.
The next two Bulldogs goals were memorable ones as Pagnucco notched his 99th career goal to make it a five goal BBA lead and the extended it to six when slammed in his 100th career goal.
Pagnucco would later tack on another goal in the third quarter, giving him over 100 goals and 100 assists in his career.
"It's pretty cool to be able to have both over 100 goals and 100 assists in my time here at BBA," Pagnucco said. "I want to just thank my teammates for helping reach those marks and I'm looking forward to adding more memories with them this season."
BBA finished the first half on a 6-0 run to take a 7-1 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, the BBA offense continued to pound out the goals, starting with Trudel knocking home his fourth goal of the afternoon to extend the Bulldogs' lead to seven.
Trudel finished with a game-high five goals in the contest.
"Everybody on offense was sharing the ball well and we just were making the most of the scoring opportunities we had," Trudel said. "We have been really clicking well lately as an offensive unit and it was great to keep that going today."
Baker and Vickers both then added their second goals of the contest to get BBA into double digits and help the Bulldogs grab a ten goal lead going into the fourth quarter.
Bourgeouis finally then got BBA on the board again with his second goal of the game to begin the fourth quarter, snapping two scoreless quarters for the Patriots.
The Bulldogs went on to outscore MAU 4-1 the rest of the way to get a 12 goal win over their rival and their 11th win of the season.
Baker finished with three goals on the day for the Bulldogs, while fellow senior Tommy Grabher added two goals of his own to the BBA victory as well.
"It was great to see this group of seniors and the team come out and play outstanding today," Pergament said. "We have been playing great over the last few weeks and we're peaking at the right time with the postseason right around the corner."
Bourgeouis finished with all three MAU goals scored in the game.
Goaltender Jackson Thibodeau did his best to keep MAU in the game, collecting 15 saves in net with 11 of them coming in the first half.
"It's a tough loss, but it's just one game and we have to have a short memory and come out in our next game ready to play," said MAU coach Mark Lange. "BBA is a good team and they played a great game today. We just have to focus on getting better in all phases of the game and worry about getting better for the postseason."
With the win, BBA improves to 11-4 on the season and extends their winning-streak to six straight games, while MAU drops to 7-8 with the loss.
Both teams have one more game left to play in the regular season, with MAU hosting Brattleboro on Friday and BBA traveling to play Otter Valley on Friday as well.
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