Cardinals hold off Astros in much-anticipated rematch

CARL RUSSO/Staff photo.Hunter Drouin had four goals, but it wasn't enough as Pinkerton fell to archrival Bishop Guertin.

NASHUA — In a rematch of last year’s boys lacrosse state title game, Bishop Guertin got some revenge and held back Pinkerton’s late comeback, 12-11, last Tuesday at Stellos Stadium.

The Astros and Cardinals have met in seven of the past eight Division I championship games. The two programs have won a combined 20 state championships since the NHIAA began holding a boys’ lacrosse postseason tournament in 1994.

Trailing by as much as seven at one point, the Astros (2-3) rallied over the final three quarters to pull within a goal with 14.1 seconds left on junior Mason Drouin’s goal. But the Astros couldn’t find the equalizer in the closing seconds.

“We got off on a slow start and didn’t take advantage of all the faceoff wins that we had but I’m proud of the fact that we didn’t let down,” Astros coach Brian O’Reilly told the Union Leader. “We have veteran players. They understand lacrosse. Multiple goals can be made up quickly.”

Hunter Drouin finished with four goals while Mason Drouin had a hat trick for the Astros. Owen McCormack scored twice while Jack Sweeney and Andrew Hassler combined for seven saves for Pinkerton.

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