Bedford plays perfect season
Bedford’s Jason Campbell, left, works against Goffstown’s Mitchell Juneau during the first half of the Division II lacrosse championship game at Exeter High School on Tuesday, June 4. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
The Bedford Bulldogs did it again Tuesday, June 4. They finished 21-0 for the year, won their 40th straight game, played their second undefeated season in a row and are champs again.
They defeated the Goffstown squad, 16-2, at Exeter High School to become the NHIAA Division II boys lacrosse champions once again.
The game completed one of the most dominating seasons in Division II history. Over 21 games, the Bulldogs scored 328 goals while allowing just 96.
“Incredible” is how coach Matt Guerard described the season.
“I’m really proud of all of them,” said Guerard. “They did an amazing job.”
Bedford wasted no time getting on the board with Jason Campbell scoring just seven seconds into the game. And the Bulldogs just kept pouring in the rubber.
In fact it wasn’t until there was 6:20 left in the second quarter, with Bedford up 7-0, that Goffstown got on the board.
Jacob Ollila managed to beat Bedford goalie Matt Howe with one of the few shots he had seen so far.
At the half, Bedford had a 10-1 lead. The scoring pace slowed some in the second half, but it was still all Bedford.
With about 5 minutes left and Bedford up 16-2 Guerard started pulling his starters for reserves.
After the game, the raucous crowd of Bulldog supporters watched as the team raised the trophy for the second straight year.
Bedford could retire as two-time Division II champ if the NHIAA elevates the program to Division I next year.
“It’s something we’d like to do,” said Guerard, but added that decision would be made by the governing body.
The Bulldogs had a bigger scare in the semifinal game against Bow. Bedford was behind 4-1 at the half before winning 8-6.
“I think falling behind in the Bow game and coming back instilled a lot of confidence,” said Guerard.
Goffstown coach Josh Lewis didn’t linger on this game. Rather, he highlighted his team’s achievements, like reaching the finals for the first time.
“We made history,” said Lewis. “We never won a quarterfinal. We did this year. We never beat St. Thomas, and we did it this year.”
Lewis expressed his pride in his team and promised to be even better next year.
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