No. 12 Saint Michael’s Wins Defensive Struggle over Bentley, 6-3
WALTHAM, Mass. – Though there were only nine goals scored on the night, No. 12 Saint Michael’s did enough to emerge as 6-3 winners over Bentley University in Northeast-10 men’s lacrosse Wednesday night.
Bentley trailed 3-1 at halftime, but its offensive awoke early in the third quarter as they scored twice in the first 3:49. Sophomore Doug Mahony (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) scored his third of the season just 38 seconds into the quarter to make it a 3-2 game.
Freshman attack Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) followed that up with his team leading seventh of the year at the 11:11 mark to tie the game.
But Saint Michael’s took the lead back on a goal by sophomore Sean Curtin with 6:51 left in the period. Just 58 seconds later junior midfielder Cooper Quenneville netted his second of the game to give the Purple Knights a 5-3 lead.
Bentley had three man-up opportunities totaling 2:00 after Quenneville’s goal, but came empty each time. They killed off two man-up chances for Saint Michael’s in the middle of the fourth quarter, but being down a man limited their offensive opportunities during that time.
Saint Michael’s then essentially put the game away with 1:26 left in the fourth on a goal by senior attack Pete Donnally to give them a 6-3 advantage.
Neither team scored in the first quarter, but Bentley opened the scoring 2:19 into the second quarter on a goal by senior Steve Caditz (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island). Bentley kept Saint Michael’s off the scoreboard until the 4:32 mark when Quenneville scored his first of the night. The Purple Knights finished the quarter strong with two more goals from Tim McDonald and Matt Casella to lead 3-1 at the break.
The loss drops Bentley’s record to 1-5 overall and 1-4 in the NE-10. Saint Michael’s has now won four straight, and they improve their record to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the NE-10.
Bentley returns to the field on Saturday night when they host Saint Rose.
Hawks Suffer 11-7 Loss to Southern New Hampshire University
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.), freshman Ben Warren (Georgetown, Mass.) and senior Daniel Sullivan (Rumford, R.I.) each scored two goals, but that would not be enough, as the Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse team fell to Southern New Hampshire University, 11-7, under the lights at Grappone Stadium on Wednesday evening.
With the loss, the Hawks will dip to 2-5 overall and 2-3 in NE-10 conference play, while the Penmen will jump to a 3-6 overall record and 3-2 in league play.
After Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 2-0 lead, the Hawks cut the lead to one with a goal from Warren. Warren picked up a pass from junior Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.) with 3:42 to play in the opening quarter.
The Penmen closed scoring in the first with their third goal of the contest – an unassisted tally from Rob Murray with 1:17 to play in the first.
The Hawks scored four straight to begin the second quarter, including a pair of goals from Sullivan. Sullivan found the back of the net eight seconds into the quarter, before Messner potted his first of the game tying the game at three apiece.
Saint Anselm took a 4-3 lead at 7:24 of the second when Charles Geraghty (Etna, N.H.) scored his first-career goal past Southern New Hampshire goalkeeper Morgan Weirteter. Sullivan then added another score for the Hawks putting them up two.
The Penmen then scored eight straight goals into the fourth quarter, including three from Corey Allen and two from Phil LaTorre, to bring the score to 11-5 in favor of Southern New Hampshire.
Warren and Messner scored at the 9:26 and 2:02 mark, respectively, but the Hawks came up short in their rally with a final score of 11-7.
Saint Anselm senior goalkeeper Jonathon O’Reilly (Plano, Texas) stopped seven shots, while Weirteter made nine saves.
The Penmen held an 11-9 advantage in faceoffs, while the Hawks earned the 36-29 edge in shots.
The Hawks return to action Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. when they hit the road and travel across New Hampshire to Franklin Pierce University.
Women’s Lacrosse Handles Franklin Pierce, 14-6, for Seventh Win in a Row
RINDGE, N.H. – Sophomore Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) totaled a game-high eight points to lead the Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team to Wednesday evening’s 14-6 triumph against Franklin Pierce University at Sodexo Field.
The Hawks win their seventh straight to improve to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in Northeast-10 play, while the Ravens fall to 2-4, 1-3 NE-10. Saint Anselm’s sophomore class registered 18 of the team’s 20 points, with the other two coming from the freshmen.
After Franklin Pierce drew first blood just 4:04 into the contest, sophomore Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) knotted the game at one with a free-position goal at the 18:19 mark. Madeline Shopshire’s unassisted tally put the Ravens back in front just 24 seconds later, but the Hawks scored five of the half’s final six goals to take command of the game.
Sophomore Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) tied the game off a feed from Daly with 11:12 remaining in the opening half and then put the visitors on top for good with a free-position score at 7:04. Daly then buried her first of the game with 5:52 on the clock to give Saint Anselm some insurance.
Nicole Dale stopped the bleeding with 4:13 to play, but Daly wasted just 21 seconds before finding the back of the net to re-establish the Hawks’ two-goal lead. Freshman Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) then closed the first-half scoring with 1:04 left to send Saint Anselm into the break with a 6-3 advantage.
Saint Anselm blew it open with seven straight goals to kick off the second half. Sophomore Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) started things just 43 seconds into the stanza before Daly joined in the fun just 17 seconds after that, following a pass from Villareal. Stazinski then set up Daly at the 21:41 mark and the Hawks were ahead 9-3.
Pickett beat Franklin Pierce goalkeeper Jacqueline Jolles again off a Doherty assist at 19:08 before Stazinski matched that 16 seconds later. Daly’s free-position goal at 12:19 and another tally 3:01 later with a helper from Stazinski pushed the lead to double digits at 13-3.
After goals from Lauren Beville and Shopshire made it an eight-goal game, Daly returned the favor to Stazinski for the Hawks’ final goal with 5:26 left. Beville closed the scoring at 4:05.
Freshman goalkeeper Jane Bunn (St. John’s, Fla.) improved to 3-1 by stopping eight of 14 shots, while Jolles made 12 saves for the Ravens.
Saint Anselm held a 35-24 advantage in shots, as well as a 12-9 edge in draw controls. The Hawks were 3-for-10 on free-position opportunities, while the Ravens were just 1-for-5.
The Hawks return to action Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m. when they play host to the 13th-ranked University of New Haven at Grappone Stadium.