Relentless Bulldogs power by Raiders


MANCHESTER — After two straight losses, the Burr and Burton boys lacrosse team were focused on turning things around in their matchup against Rutland on Thursday afternoon.

The Bulldogs powered their way through the Raiders, scoring nine goals in the first half and rolling to a 14-6 victory.

Right out of the gate, the Bulldogs offense was on the attack, scoring three goals in the first minute to take the early lead.

Later on in the quarter to still up three, BBA added to their lead as senior Max Pagnucco streaked down the sideline, dodging a couple Rutland defenders and firing one into the net for his second goal of the quarter.

Seconds later, senior Richard Sherras won the face-off for the Bulldogs and ran down the field, finding a wide open Will Baker who slammed home his second goal of the quarter into the net, and just like that, BBA had a 5-0 lead.

That was just the beginning of the Bulldogs offensive explosion as BBA continued to score at will on the Rutland defense in the second quarter.

With their lead now down to four, the Bulldogs offense got rolling again when Pagnucco found Baker wide open in front the net and the senior tapped in his third goal of the game to extend the BBA lead.

Then with less then two minutes to go in the first half, junior Carter Vickers joined Baker for BBA's second hat trick of the afternoon, working his way through the Raiders defense and ripping a shot right past the Rutland goaltender to make it a 8-2 Bulldogs lead.

With under minute now to go in the second quarter, Pagnucco finished off the half in style for the Bulldogs, driving his way past the Rutland defense like they were standing still and firing in his third goals of the game to give BBA three players with three or more goals in the contest and a 9-2 lead going into the half.

"I thought offensively we moved the ball really well and capitalize on our scoring opportunities," Vickers said. "Today we connected really well out there on the field as a unit and that really made it tough to stop us."

In the second half the Bulldogs offense continued to rack up the goals, this time with senior Scott Trudel leading way.

The senior scored two of the three BBA goals in the third quarter to gave the Bulldogs a 12-4 lead going into the fourth quarter.

"We came to play today and right from the start the team was determined to get back in the win column," Trudel said. "I think we learned a lot from the two losses we had this week and knew we had to play well as a unite on both sides of the field to win game, which we did today.

Freshman Jake Baker scored two goals and Tommy Grabher added a tally for the Bulldogs in the win.

"We came out today with something to prove after our two losses and did that with a nice league win," said BBA coach Jason Pergament. "We got off to a quick start, which was big for us. Our offense was moving the ball around more then what we have been in the past few games and our defense continued to play great. This was an important game for us and I was very pleased with the team's performance."

With the win, BBA improves to 6-4 on the season and face Woodstock at 11 a.m.


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