Division 2 Roundup April 9th

Bentley Falls to No. 15 Stonehill in Northeast-10 Battle, 14-8

WALTHAM, Mass. – Despite six assists from senior Taylor Bastien (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown), the Bentley women’s lacrosse team fell to Northeast-10 rival Stonehill 14-8 on Tuesday night.

The Skyhawks never trailed and led by as much as six goals in the first half, but Bentley made them work for it in the second half, closing to within a four-goal deficit with just over 13 minutes remaining. But Stonehill wouldn’t allow them to get any closer and held on for the victory.

Stonehill controlled the first half despite turning the ball over 12 times. They opened the game with three straight goals before Bentley got on the scoreboard with a strike from freshman Taylor Lunden (Agawam, Mass./Agawam) at the 20:34 mark. Stonehill though countered with four straight to take a 7-1 lead with 3:29 left in the half.

Bentley though finished the half strong and went into the break with some momentum after scoring two of the half’s final three goals, coming from freshman Ellie Shuman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua North) and Bastien. Bastien’s goal came with 11 seconds remaining and made it an 8-3 game.

The Falcons scored the first two goals of the second half to pull within 8-5, with senior Jackie Brown’s (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) first of three second half goals making it a three-goal game. But Stonehill responded with three straight tallies, the last of which coming off the stick of freshman Elizabeth Vetter with 15:15 to play, making it an 11-5 game.

But two straight goals from Brown in the span of 28 seconds, with Bastien assisting on both of them, got the Falcons to within 11-7. Stonehill though got the all-important next goal from senior Kelsey Shannahan, her third of the night, with 10:03 remaining.

Neither team scored for another seven-plus minutes, and though Bentley’s Ciara Morley (Irvington, N.Y./Irvington) scored it with 2:52 left to make the score 12-8, there was not enough time left for them to make up the deficit.

The Skyhawks improve to 7-4 overall and 6-2 in NE-10 play with the win, while Bentley’s records drop to 4-7 and 3-4. They next take the field on Saturday at Assumption. Game time is set for 11:00 am in Worcester.


Bunn Backbones Saint Anselm Women’s Lacrosse to 15-8 Win at Southern New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore goalkeeper Jane Bunn (St. John’s, Fla.) made a career-best 19 saves and junior Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) scored six goals as the Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team recorded a 15-8 victory against crosstown rival Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday evening at Larkin Field.

The Hawks improve to 9-1 on the season, including 6-1in Northeast-10 play, while the Penmen dip to 2-9, 1-6 NE-10.

After junior Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) kicked off the scoring with a free-position goal 2:30 in, the teams alternated scores with goals by sophomores Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) and Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) being answered to leave the contest tied at 3-all with 18:15 remaining in the opening half.

Junior Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) snapped the deadlock at 13:50 when she received a pass from Villareal and found the back of the net. Daly then scored a pair of goals in 14 seconds with assists from Kudlate and Villareal to open the lead up to 6-3 with 12:38 to go.

Phoebe Clark, the fourth different Penmen goal scorer in the first half, pulled her team within two with 6:16 left, but Stazinski set up Daly’s third of the stanza to send the Hawks into the break with a 7-4 advantage.

Sophomore Katie McKenna (Danvers, Mass.) began the second-half scoring 5:50 in before Emily King potted her second of the game to keep SNHU within three at 8-5 with 21:35 to play. A pair of free-position strikes from Villareal set off a stretch of five straight Saint Anselm goals that widened the gap to 13-5 with 4:13 on the clock.

The Penmen buried three of the game’s final five goals, but it was too little and too late as Daly scored her final two of the contest to keep the final cushion at seven.

Villareal finished with three goals and two assists, while Kudlate registered two goals and two assists and Stazinski chipped in a goal and two helpers.

Bunn turned away 19 of the 27 shots she faced, while Maria Ploof made nine saves for the Penmen.

SNHU held a 34-30 advantage in shots, including 22-12 in the first half, and also won 16 of the game’s 25 draw controls. Saint Anselm was 3-for-4 on its free-position opportunities, while the Penmen were 2-for-4.

The Hawks return to action Saturday, April 12 at 1 p.m. when they play host to second-ranked Adelphi University at Grappone Stadium.


Saint Anselm Men’s Lax Pulls Out Back-and-Forth Battle with Saint Michael’s

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.) and senior Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.) each tallied three points as the Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse team took down Saint Michael’s College, 9-8, Tuesday evening for Northeast-10 Conference men’s lacrosse action at Grappone Stadium.

Mee recorded three goals, while Kennedy added a pair of goals and an assist. Seniors Jake Mallinson (Middletown, R.I.) and Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) added two points apiece, each with a goal and an assist.

Saint Anselm grabs its second straight contest and improves to 4-6 overall with a 3-4 mark in conference play, while the Purple Knights drop to 3-7, 3-4 NE-10.

After three minutes of play, the Hawks took a 2-1 lead after trailing 1-0 to start the game. Mallinson and Kennedy both found the net to open scoring for Saint Anselm. Saint Michael’s leveled the game at 2-2, but junior Andy Budz (Williamstown, Mass.) found Mee to give the Hawks a 3-2 edge after the first quarter.

Mallinson set up junior James Peters (Medway, Mass.) to open scoring in the second frame and allowed the Hawks to double up on the Purple Knights, 4-2. Saint Michael’s knotted things up once more and took the lead, however, by 2:16 with a trio of goals, one of them occurring with the extra-man advantage. It would be Saint Anselm’s turn to tie the game next, as Mee evened things up at 5-5 to head into the break.

Over five minutes into the third quarter, senior Sam MacDonald (Hopkinton, Mass.) broke the tie to give the Hawks a 6-5 edge, but the Purple Knights once again had the answer, keeping the score locked, 6-6. Mee put Saint Anselm up 7-6, but Saint Michael’s turned the tables and took an 8-7 lead 1:08 into the fourth. Messner and Kennedy teamed up for a huge pair of goals to seal the deal for the Hawks at the close of the fourth. Messner found Kennedy at 6:25, before Messner returned the favor at 4:06 to give Saint Anselm the 9-8 win.

Sophomore goalie James O’Neill (East Walpole, Mass.) made a huge save with 30 seconds left in the game to help the Hawks to victory. O’Neill made eight saves for Saint Anselm, who held a 52-32 advantage in shots. T.J. Bicknell made 20 stops for the Purple Knights.

Senior Matthew Steele (Ipswich, Mass.) was 12-for-21 on the faceoff and picked up 10 groundballs, while MacDonald notched six and sophomore Jake Stokes (Beverly, Mass.) grabbed four.

The Hawks return to action Saturday, April 12 at 3 p.m. when the Hawks travel to American International.