Three Net Hat Tricks as No. 12 Bentley Women Down So. Connecticut 17-3
WALTHAM, Mass. – Three players recorded hat tricks as No. 12 Bentley University rolled to a 17-3 win over Southern Connecticut State Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 women’s lacrosse.
Bentley led wire-to-wire in earning its sixth win of the season and second in a row. They improve to 4-1 in NE-10 play, while the Owls fall to 0-7 in the conference.
Grad student Megan Wiggins (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough), senior Taylor Bastien (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) and junior Chelsea Larivee (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) each had hat tricks for the Falcons. Senior Cori Geiger (Agawam, Mass./Agawam) had a game high five points on two goals and three assists.
Wiggins scored the game’s first goal just 21 seconds in, and junior Carolyn Kynoch (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) scored 54 seconds in to give Bentley two goals before the game was even a minute old. A goal by Geiger 3:12 into the contest made it 3-0, and preceded two straight goals by Wiggins, who had a hat trick before nine minutes elapsed.
Larivee netted her first of the afternoon at the 13:50 mark to give Bentley a 6-0 lead, but Southern Connecticut scored its first of the game from senior Katie Walter 45 seconds later. Geiger and Bastien had goals with 2:58 and 2:11 left in the half to give Bentley an 8-1 lead at halftime.
The Falcons continued to pour it on in the second half, scoring three times in the first 5:51 to lead 11-1, with the goals coming from Kynoch, Larivee and Bastien. An Owls goal by sophomore Emily Orser temporarily brought their deficit under 10, before Bastien scored again at the 19:34 mark to make the score 12-2.
They would score five more times to close out the game, with junior Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) providing two of the goals.
Bentley is back in action Tuesday night when they visit rival No. 9 Stonehill for a 7:00 pm game.
Brigham’s Scores in 2OT to Give Bentley 8-7 Win over Saint Rose
WALTHAM, Mass. – Freshman Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) scored 2:23 into the second overtime to give the Bentley University men’s lacrosse team an 8-7 victory over Saint Rose in Northeast-10 play Saturday night.
The first ever meeting between the two programs went down to the wire with the Falcons emerging victorious to snap a four game losing streak. Sophomore Matt Dente (Reading, Mass./Reading) set the goal up, feeding Brigham a pass from the goal line to the left elbow. Brigham then beat Saint Rose goalie Nick Longo to the short side for the winning goal.
A high scoring first half, tied 5-5 at halftime, turned into a defensive struggle in the second half with only five goals combined.
Bentley trailed 7-6 in the fourth quarter, but tied it at the 5:54 mark on a goal by senior Tim Matheson (Reading, Mass./Reading). They also trailed 6-5 in the third quarter, but a man-up goal by Brigham at the 9:15 mark knotted things up.
The Falcons led 3-1 after the first quarter, but a 4-0 run by the Golden Knights put them in front 4-3 with four minutes gone in the second quarter. But Bentley scored two straight man up goals, from sophomore Doug Mahony (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) and Brigham, to take a 5-4 lead 5:26 before halftime.
Junior goalie Brian Karl (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) earned the win for Bentley, who improve to 2-5 on the season and 2-4 in the NE-10. Saint Rose drops to 2-8 and 2-4.
Bentley is back in action Tuesday night when they visit No. 4 Merrimack.