Ian Clark's High School Lacrosse: Bedford boys remains focused on third title
Such is the case with the Bedford boys’ lacrosse team, which has won 44 consecutive games and the previous two Division II NHIAA championships (with perfect records both times). The Bulldogs have opened this season with four more wins.
“The only people who ask are the media guys asking what the number is at and all that stuff,” Guerard said. “These kids have worked really hard to get where they are with that streak. I think always having it in the back of their mind and the front of their brain during a game really helps with our concentration. We’re happy to be at 44.”
“We’ve definitely talked about it and it’s definitely in the back of our heads. I think it gives us a little boost of confidence since we haven’t lost in two years,” Colella said. “(We say) ’we’re not going to lose this one.’ It’s one of those things that you fire up in the huddle. ’This isn’t going to be the team that beats us. This isn’t going to be the game that loses the streak. Definitely not to these guys, not today.’ ”
“I rely a lot on the seniors on the field, especially,” Guerard said. “You can only do so much from the sidelines so you’ve got to rely on those guys in-game to direct traffic inside and defensively and offensively. Their as much of a coach on the field as I am off the field.”Colella said that he and his fellow seniors, a group that includes Pat Simpson, Nicholas Vailas, Todd Glynn, Justin Irvine, Michael Bureau, Aaron Palys and James Curran, are well aware that this is the final hurrah.
“Matt Howe is a tremendous goalie,” Guerard said. “He sees the ball very well. If you give him 12, 13 yards to see the ball, there’s a pretty good chance he’s going to gobble it up. He’s been very good for us for three years and hasn’t lost a varsity start. He’s 44-0.”
Bedford and its streak will face a stiff test next over the next week. Saturday the Bulldogs play Hanover (3-1) from Division I and then next Wednesday it’s DI powerhouse Pinkerton Academy of Derry.
“If it (goes on), great. If it doesn’t, too bad, so sad, move on,” Colella said. “We have a common goal: get to the championship game.”
Ian Clark covers high school lacrosse for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.