Bulldogs pull away from Colonels in 2nd half
BRATTLEBORO >> A drone hovered above Natowich Field on Wednesday evening, videotaping the varsity boys lacrosse game that was being played below.
The home team probably won't mind if that recording is destroyed.
Burr and Burton outscored host Brattleboro 10-1 in the second half and left town with a convincing 20-8 victory over the Colonels.
"They are a solid team. They have some really good seniors. Burr and Burton is just a quality program," said BUHS coach Chris Sawyer.
Carter Vickers (5 goals) and Max Pagnucco each tallied twice in the opening quarter as the visitors stole a 5-2 lead. Alex Fitch and Will Laporte both intercepted a pass for the purple and white, which got tallies from Matt Gaboriault and Evan Perkins — each set up by Jack Gagnon. Junior goalie Griffin Lynde wowed the crowd by robbing Will Baker (4 goals) and Scott Trudel on point-blank attempts.
Gagnon and Perkins would each fool BBA netminder Kevin Gormley a couple of times in the second period, helping the hosts battle back to within 8-6 at the 5:05 mark. The highlight was a pass from Perkins that went over Gormley to Gagnon, who curled in front of the net and blew by Nikolai Sands before flicking a shot into the goal.
"Here we go, white! Let's go! Pump it up!" shouted a BUHS player from the sideline.
The Bulldogs responded to the rally with burials by Trudel and Pagnucco, before Fitch delivered from the left wing. Burr and Burton would then take a 10-7 advantage to the intermission.
The team from Manchester went on a 6-0 run over the next 12 minutes of action. Baker had a hat trick in that span, while Tommy Grabher, Sean Apps and Vickers also scored. Declan Lonergan and Gagnon each picked off a pass to excite the home crowd, and they teamed up on pretty play — Lonergan completed a deep pass to Gagnon in stride, before the senior co-captain dished left to Gaboriault.
Following a pep talk from coach Sawyer, the Colonels started the fourth quarter off strong. With Aleks Harrison boxing out Sands on the wing, Durin Hoyer battled to win a faceoff against BBA's Connor Simmonds. Gagnon later tallied with two opponents in the box. And junior defender Louis Capy would then strip the ball away from Apps at the other end.
But the Bulldogs would end the game with a 4-0 surge. Apps had two of those strikes, while Trudel and Baker also tallied.
"We had far too many penalties and we didn't possess the ball," stated coach Sawyer. "We are playing hard."
Perkins and Gagnon each finished with a hat trick to lead the 1-4 Colonels, who will play at Rutland on Saturday at 11 a.m. Gaboriault and Fitch scored once each.
Brattleboro roster: Coaches — Chris Sawyer, Will Lapinski, Ron Yudin. Players — Jeremy Saysanum, Charlie Burroughs, Ryan Tyler, Louis Capy, Caleb Martin, Tyler McKenney, Alex Fitch, Jasper Reed, Greg Wood, Griffin Lynde, Nate Tyler, Jarrod Price, Mason Powers, Tyler Godin, Liam NcNeil, Alejandro Cornman, Zeb Lesure, Evan Perkins (co-captain), Matt Gaboriault, Jack Gagnon (co-captain), Declan Lonergan, Kolton Ravenna, Seth Rhodes, Will Laporte, Aleks Harrison, Durin Hoyer, Matt Miller.
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