MANCHESTER — Bedford rode the scoring wave of senior Drew Shapiro to capture its first NHIAA girls’ Division II lacrosse state championship, defeating top-ranked Windham 19-12 at Southern New Hampshire University Tuesday night.
The state’s all-time scorer, with more than 300 goals, Shapiro scored 10 and the third-ranked Bulldogs (17-3) spoiled Windham’s dreams of winning a third state title and first in Division II. The Jaguars (15-3) won the past two Division III championships before moving up to DII this year.
“I’m so impressed and just proud,” said Bedford head coach Christine Hodgdon of her team. “Individually doing their job and trusting that their teammates would do their job and it’s an amazing thing for these seven seniors that have been waiting so long.”
Shapiro, who will attend Hofstra in the fall, scored seven of her 10 goals in the first half to help Bedford build a 12-7 lead that the Bulldogs never relinquished.
“This proves that she’s the best in the state,” Hodgdon said. “She’s got the state scoring record, she’s been all-state, she’s going to Hofstra and now she’s got a state championship to prove it.”
Shapiro said she was proud to end her high school career with Bedford’s first state title.
“I don’t even have any words. Just making it past the semis was so amazing and now we’ve finally won after all these years. It’s so amazing,” she said. “It’s absolutely a dream.”
It was a tough ending for the Jaguars, who have one of the top players in the state in senior Melissa Cino, the all-time leader in assists in the nation with 338.
“The girls played such a great game and it’s such a great note to end on and to play a strong game from start to finish,” said Windham head coach Jill Bartlett. “We didn’t come out on top and that’s OK. It keeps us humble and trying for something next year.”
After a 6-0 run, Bedford led 12-7 at halftime and scored the first goal to open the second half thanks to Meghan Lussier. Windham scored the next three, two from sophomore Hope Curtis and one from Cino, to cut the Bulldogs lead to 13-10 with 18:05 remaining.
Biron picked up a loose ball by her own net and then blazed past everyone coast to coast to score for Bedford. Shapiro scored on a free position to push the Bedford lead to 15-10 before Windham netted a pair from Megan Chase to cut the lead to 15-12 with 13:23 remaining.
But Bedford took over from there, scoring the final four goals of the game and winding down the clock to secure the win.
Helping Shapiro on the Bedford scoresheet were Kennedy Boyle (four goals, assist), Makayla Sterling (two goals, assist), Kelsey Linehan (goal), Biron (goal) and Lussier (goal). Goalie Ashley Maddox made seven saves.
Windham was paced by Cino (two goals, five assists), Ali Connors (four goals, assist), Courtney Sweeny (two goals, assist), Curtis (two goals), Alexandra Lewis (two goals) and Emma Lindquist (assists). Goalie Vittoria Cipollone stopped five shots.