Men’s Lacrosse Beats Franklin Pierce 9-8 in 3OT on Brigham’s Game Winner
RINDGE, N.H. – Freshman Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) scored with one second left in the third overtime to give the Bentley men’s lacrosse team a 9-8 victory over Franklin Pierce in a Norhteast-10 matchup.
Brigham’s goal came after 8:59 of scoreless play over three overtimes to give Bentley its second straight win. The win keeps its playoff hopes alive and improves its record to 4-6 in the NE-10 with one game left in the season. They will need a win over Adelphi next weekend and a loss by either Southern New Hampshire or Saint Anselm to make the playoffs.
Bentley led by as much as 7-3 after a 5-0 second quarter run was capped by a goal by senior Steve Caditz (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island), who had three goals during the run. The run took less than six minutes and also had goals from freshman Brady Palmer (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) and sophomore Brendan Murphy (Wilmington, Mass./Middlesex Shool).
But Franklin Pierce would score the next four goals, spread out over the second and third quarters, to tie the game at seven. The first two goals came 28 seconds apart in the second quarter, followed by a man-up goal by attacker Casey Burnett early in the third quarter. The Ravens then tied the game at seven on a goal by midfielder Brenden Caldeira at the 4:24 mark.
Bentley went ahead 8-7 on a goal by senior Tim Matheson (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) at the 12:40 mark of the fourth quarter, breaking a drought of almost 25 minutes without a goal. But after going without a goal for almost 19 minutes themselves, the Ravens tied it again with just 40 seconds left in regulation on a goal by midfielder Erik Kelly.
The Falcons outshot Franklin Pierce 5-0 in the first overtime but were outshot 4-3 in the second. Bentley had a 2-1 advantage in shots in the third overtime before Brigham scored with one second left on the clock.
Freshman goalie Jarrod Dillon (Braintree, Mass./St. Sebastian’s) played every minute in net and made nine saves to earn the win for the Falcons.
Bentley’s season finale against Adelphi is next Saturday at 12:00 pm.
Geiger, Cerny Lead Women’s Lacrosse to 4th Straight, 20-6 over Franklin Pierce
RINDGE, N.H. – Senior Cori Geiger (Agawam, Mass./Agawam) and freshman Tori Cerny (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) each had six points as the No. 12 Bentley University women’s lacrosse team defeated Franklin Pierce 20-6 Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 action for its fourth victory in a row. They clinch a spot in the Northeast-10 playoffs with the win.
The Falcons put up at least 20 goals for the second straight game after a season-high 22 in Wednesday’s win over Southern New Hampshire. They improve to 10-4 on the season and 8-2 in the NE-10 with three games left, though only two are conference games.
Bentley outscored the Ravens 14-4 in the first half and used a 5-0 run in the middle of the half to jump out to an 8-1 lead after just 13 minutes play. Senior Taylor Bastien (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) had two goals during the run.
A Franklin Pierce goal by midfielder Ashley Lamagdeleine broke up the run at the 15:46 mark to make the score 8-2, but Bentley answered with another long run, this time 4-0, to lead 12-2 with 10 minutes left in the half. Geiger had a goal, and assisted on two goals by junior Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) as part of the run.
With a 14-4 advantage at halftime, Bentley scored the first three goals of the second half from grad student Megan Wiggins (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough), Cerny and junior Chelsea Larivee (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan). That gave them a 17-4 lead just under the 20 minute mark.
Wiggins and Brown had big games as well with three goals and one assist each, while junior goalie Ally Dorman (Simsbury, Conn/Simsbury) made nine saves for her 10th win of the season.
Bentley will go for five wins in a row on Tuesday when they host Merrimack for Senior Night.