Division II & III Roundup: March 10th

Newcomers Shine, But Bentley Falls to Dowling 15-10 in Season-Opener

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. – Newcomers David Phelps (Bedford, N.H./Bedford), Cutler Dimond (Marblehead, Mass./Tabor Academy) and John Wheeler (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) combined for seven goals, but the Bentley men’s lacrosse team suffered a hard-fought defeat to Dowling 15-10 in the season-opener Saturday afternoon on Long Island.

A 6-1 first quarter by Dowling proved to be the difference, as Bentley played them even 9-9 over the final three quarters. Seniors Kevin McElhone and Matt Crough led the Golden Lions’ attack with four goals each.

Phelps scored the first goal of the game just 1:33 in, with senior Nick Astarita (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) getting one of his three assists on the man-up goal. But Dowling proceeded to go on a 7-0 run that stretched into the second quarter.

After Crough netted a man-up goal to give Dowling a 7-1 advantage, Bentley had a strong remainder of the second quarter by outscoring them 3-1. Dimond and Phelps had man-up goals and Astarita had an even-strength goal, getting the Falcons to within 8-4 at halftime.

Phelps and Wheeler pocketed the first two goals of the second half for Bentley to get them to within 8-6 with 4:10 gone. However, that two-goal deficit was as close as Bentley could get the rest of the afternoon. The Golden Lions proceeded to notch four of the game’s next five goals to take a 12-7 advantage with just over three minutes played in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey), junior Bobby Hinds (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) and Dimond had goals in the fourth frame for the Falcons.

Dowling improves to 3-0 on the season after already playing its third game, while the Falcons drop to 0-1. They’ll return to the field for game number two on Wednesday afternoon against New York Tech.

Post Eagles Men’s Lacrosse Defeated At Assumption, 15-8

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Post University men’s lacrosse team was defeated at Assumption 15-8 on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles have now lost two in a row and fall to 3-3 on the year.

Assumption grabbed control of the game early as it scored seven straight to open the game, three by Garrett Smith. Freshman Andrew D’Angleo (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) found classmate Tim Wright (Waterloo, N.Y.) for the Eagles’ first goal with 10:12 left in the half. The Greyhounds tacked on three more scores and headed into the half up 10-1.

After falling behind 13-1 early in the third quarter, Post’s offense got on track scoring four straight times. Junior Andrew Supanich (Jackson, Va.) got things started with his first of two goals in the game. Freshman Alex Brownlee (Syracuse, N.Y.) found the back of the net just 47 seconds later. Supanich closed out the third with another goal.

Freshman Kyle Shannon (Stanhope, N.J.) opened the fourth quarter with a score that cut the deficit to 13-5 with 12:50 left. After two more goals by the Greyhounds, Post added three scores to close out the game.

Supanich, Wright, and Shannon each had two goals for the Eagles. Brownlee recorded one goal and an assist. Post was 17-for-21 on the clears on the day and scored once on seven extra-man opportunities.

The Eagles close out their five-game road trip on Wednesday, March 12 at Franklin Pierce. Game time is set for 4 p.m.

St. Anselm Men’s Lacrosse Suffers 12-6 Loss to Mercy

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Senior Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.) and sophomore Ben Warren (Georgetown, Mass.) each tallied three points for the Hawks, but the Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse team fell to Mercy College, 12-6, Saturday afternoon for non-conference men’s lacrosse action.

With the loss, the Hawks dip to 0-2 on the young season, while the Mavericks improve to 4-1.

The Mavericks took advantage of a pair of Saint Anselm penalties to put them up 2-0 by the 9:59 mark of the first quarter. The Hawks fired back with their first goal of the game at 7:25 when Warren began a four-goal rally for Saint Anselm, to put them up 4-2.

Warren cut the lead to one, before Mee opened the second quarter with a goal at 13:27 when he picked up a pass from senior Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.). Warren then scored his second of the game, putting Saint Anselm up 3-2 and freshman Mark Vitello (Weymouth, Mass.) struck at 10:02 for the 4-2 lead.

Mercy rallied back with a pair of goals to tie the game, but not before Warren put the Hawks back up by one with 3:33 remaining in the half. Junior James Peters (Medway, Mass.) was assisting on Saint Anselm’s fifth goal of the game.

The Mavericks scored four straight goals extending the lead to three at 8-5. Mee found the net at 4:16 of the third, cutting the lead back to two, but Mercy went on another four-goal rally putting them out of reach and bringing the game to its final score of 12-6.

Sophomore goalie James O’Neil (East Walpole, Mass.) stopped 10 shots for Saint Anselm, who was outshot by the hosts, 47-29. The Hawks picked up 33 goundballs, including five from senior Matthew Steele (Ipswich, Mass.).

The Hawks return to action Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m. when they travel to Adelphi University, before opening their home slate Wednesday, March 19 when Saint Anselm plays host to Molloy at Grappone Stadium.

UMass Dartmouth Stymies Mount Ida, 11-2

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team limited the Mount Ida College to just two goals en route to an 11-2 victory this afternoon at Cressy Field.  The Mustangs evened their record at 2-2, while UMass Dartmouth remains perfect at 3-0.

Senior Kyle Cordaro (Worcester, Mass.) was credited with 20 saves, including 10 stops in the first quarter between the pipes for the Mustangs, his third game of the year with 20+ stops.

UMass Dartmouth held Mount Ida to 22 shots–four total in the first half, while unleashing 47 attempts on the Mustangs’ cage.  The hosts enjoyed a 41-21 advantage in ground balls, while forcing 27 turnovers.  The Corsairs featured a strong ride, limiting their visitors to 15-of-26 clearing attempts.  Sophomore Dan Brown (Beverly, Mass.) led the UMass Dartmouth defense with five ground balls and three caused turnovers.  He was also 6-for-10 at the X.  Senior captain Steven Tarpey (Shrewsbury, Mass.) also made an impact on the defensive end, scooping up four ground balls.

Senior Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) made seven saves in 45 minutes of action to earn his third win of the campaign.  Freshman Matt LaFond (Bridgewater, Mass.) and classmate Scott Spangenberg (Dover, Mass.) made their collegiate debuts in the final frame.  LaFond stopped two attempts in 10 minutes, 55 seconds, while Spangenberg recorded one save over the final four minutes, five seconds.

Sophomore Tyler Chasnov (Plymouth, Mass.) was the offensive catalyst for the Corsairs with a season-high six points, including four assists.  Classmate Bo Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) accounted for four markers, while senior Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.) tallied a goal and a helper. Senior Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, Mass.), junior Riley Baxter (Groton, Mass.), classmate Dennis Healy (Hanover, Mass.), and sophomore Steve Merrick (Methuen, Mass.) each cracked the scoring column for the hosts.

UMass Dartmouth registered all the offensive production it would need in the first quarter, as the Corsairs raced out to a 4-0 advantage.  Baxter put the hosts on the board just one minute, 16 seconds into the contest, while Healy netted an extra-man goal 15 seconds later.  Prozinski completed the scoring in the first frame with two markers from Chasnov in the span of 39 seconds to give UMass Dartmouth a lead it would not relinquish.

The Corsairs dictated the pace in the second stanza, but were only able to extend their advantage to 6-0.  MacPherson recorded his only marker of the contest at the eight-minute, 28-second mark, while Chasnov followed suit 45 seconds later.  UMass Dartmouth held a decisive 29-4 advantage in shots at the halftime intermission.

UMass Dartmouth sealed the non-conference win with four unanswered goals in the third period to stretch its lead to 10-0.  Prozinski produced a pair of markers, while Chasnov and Niden found the back of the net.  Mount Ida was finally able to solve Thayer with one minute, 39 seconds left in the period, when senior J.T. Hoyt (Westfield, Mass.) registered a man-up goal.

The Mustangs also capitalized on an extra-man situation early in the fourth as senior Zach Rosen (East Greenwich, R.I.) converted off a feed from junior Sean Royce (South Windsor, Conn.).  Merrick completed the UMass Dartmouth scoring with his first goal of the season, finishing a pass from Chasnov.

Mount Ida will travel to New England College on Wednesday at 4:00 pm before opening their Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) schedule at home on Saturday against Johnson & Wales.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, when the Corsairs travel to Nichols College.