Tough Weekend for Bentley Lacrosse Programs

No. 8 Bentley Women Beaten by No. 14 New Haven 15-4

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – The Bentley University women’s lacrosse team was held to a season low four goals, as the No. 8 Falcons were beaten by No. 14 New Haven 15-4 Saturday afternoon in a rematch of last season’s Northeast-10 quarterfinals.

Bentley got the better of the Chargers twice at home last season, beating them in the regular season 13-11 and 9-8 in the postseason on a last second goal by Taylor Bastien (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown), but New Haven defended its home field on this day. The Falcons have now lost three straight in West Haven.

The Falcons did not score until more than 17:30 had elapsed in the first half, and by that point were already trailing 5-0. Junior Carolyn Kynoch (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) had the goal, one of her two on the day.

Senior attack Natalie Lieberman and junior attack Nicole McKee led the Chargers’ offense with five goals and four goals, respectively, and they both scored twice in the opening 5-0 run. Sophomore midfielder Kathryn Campbell had the other goal.

The Chargers scored three more times before halftime, with the goals coming from Lieberman, Campbell and McKee. Bastien found the back of the net for Bentley 1:34 before the break, making the score 8-2 for New Haven at halftime.

Kynoch scored just 47 seconds into the second half to get the Falcons to within 8-3. But that would be their last goal until the final minute of the game as New Haven clamped down defensively and scored seven more times before Bentley did again, extending its lead to 15-3 with 4:21 to play.

Freshman attack Caitlin White (Irondequoit, N.Y./Irondequoit) scored her first career goal for Bentley with 1:18 remaining in the game to finish the scoring.

Bentley has now dropped two straight after winning four in a row, and its record falls to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the NE-10. The Chargers improve to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in the NE-10.

The Falcons are back in action Wednesday afternoon at AIC.

Men’s Lacrosse Battles Back in 4th Quarter, But Ultimately Falls at Pace 9-6

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Bentley University staged a fourth quarter rally from four goals down against Pace on Saturday afternoon, but could not complete the comeback and was beaten by the Setters 9-6 in Northeast-10 men’s lacrosse.

The Falcons, who trailed 4-1 at halftime and 6-2 at one point in the third quarter, fell behind 7-3 after Pace’s William Scioscia scored just eight seconds into the fourth quarter.

But Bentley’s fight back began with a goal from sophomore Brendan Murphy (Wilmington, Mass./Middlesex School) at the 11:17 mark. Just 52 seconds later freshman Jon Blaisdell (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) made it 7-5, and junior Jason Knight (Portland, Maine/Portland) made it a 7-6 game with 8:37 to play.

But the Setters did not allow another goal the rest of the way, and pulled away with goals from Scioscia at 7:05 and senior attack Matt Mirabito at 2:41.

The Falcons, who have a six game winning streak over Pace snapped, drop to 1-4 on the season and 1-3 in the NE-10. The Setters go to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the NE-10.

Bentley was down 1-0 after the first quarter, and trailed 3-0 before netting its first goal of the game from senior Tim Matheson (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) with 2:26 remaining in the first half. But Pace scored a big goal with just 19 seconds left in the half from junior attack Matt Gebhardt, with Mirabito on the assist, to go into the locker rooms up 4-1.

Matheson scored two more goals for Bentley in the third quarter to give him a career high three goals, but they were cancelled out by Pace goals from Gebhardt and Mirabito.

Both Mirabito (3 goals, 2 assists) and Gebhardt (2 goals, 3 assists) led the Pace offense with five points, while freshman goalie Conor Brophy made 19 saves.

Bentley will look to get back on track when they host Saint Michael’s Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.