Division II Roundup: April 28th

Strong 2nd Half Leads No. 1 Adelphi Past Bentley 15-6

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – A 9-2 second half by top-ranked Adelphi was the difference as the Panthers took a 15-6 victory over Bentley University in Northeat-10 men’s lacrosse action Saturday afternoon. It was the regular season finale for both teams.

Despite the defeat, the Falcons finish the regular season with a 7-4 Northeast-10 record and will be the No. 4 seed in the Northeast-10 Men’s Lacrosse Championship. They will host the No. 5 seed Southern New Hampshire on Tuesday night.

The Falcons gave Adelphi everything they could handle in the first half, trailing just 6-4 after 30 minutes. But the Panthers scored eight goals in a row from the start of the third quarter to the 11:57 mark of the fourth quarter to pull away.

The game was tied 2-2 after the first quarter on the strength of two goals by midfielder Steve Caditz (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island). His goals came at the 5:56 and 0:47 marks.

Adelphi scored three straight goals in the first four-plus minutes of the second quarter, which included two straight by attacker Salvatore Tuttle, who finished the afternoon with a game-high six goals. But Bentley fought back with two straight of its own. A man-up goal by freshman David Phelps (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) and an even-strength goal by senior Nick Astarita (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) with 25 seconds remaining made the deficit just 5-4.

However, the Panthers received a goal from senior Greg Puskuldjian with just seven seconds left in the half to take a 6-4 lead into the break.

Adelphi then jumped out to a 9-4 lead after scoring three goals in the first 4:46 of the third quarter, including a man-up goal by junior Nick Susko. Though the Falcons were able to keep them off the scoreboard for the next nine minutes, they could not score themselves. Adelphi added to its lead with four goals in the last 3:20 of the third quarter to lead 12-4 going into the fourth frame.

Astarita added his second goal of the game for Bentley in the fourth quarter, his sixth of the season overall.

Tuesday’s first round playoff game against Southern New Hampshire will get started at 7:00 pm.


St. Anselm Men’s Lax Earns Third Straight NE-10 Championship Berth with 14-5 Win At Saint Rose

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senior Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.) recorded a game-high six points to lead the Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse team to a 14-5 victory against the College of Saint Rose on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Field in its regular-season finale.

The Hawks improve to 6-8 on the season, including 5-6 in Northeast-10 play to clinch the No. 6 seed and earn their third straight tournament berth in the upcoming Northeast-10 Championship. The Hawks will travel to take on third-seeded Merrimack College in the first round Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. The Golden Knights drop to 2-12, 2-9 NE-10.

Mee scored two goals and handed out four assists, while junior Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.) potted four goals and added a helper.

After junior James Peters (Medway, Mass.) scored just 2:46 into the contest, the Hawks maintained their 1-0 lead until Kris Miller knotted the game with 3:30 to play in the first quarter. The game remained that way until 59 seconds into the second stanza when Peters collected a feed from senior Jake Mallinson (Middletown, R.I.) and found the back of the net. Mee followed 17 seconds later to expand the Saint Anselm lead to 3-1.

Senior Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) continued the run with an unassisted tally, before Mee set up a pair of Kennedy strikes just seven seconds apart to widen the gap to 6-1 with 2:26 left in the half.

Saint Anselm picked up where it left off as Peters connected on a pass to Mallinson, who beat Saint Rose goalie Joe Shapiro 3:09 into the third quarter. Mee found Kennedy for the third time to complete the seven-goal run and give the Hawks a commanding 8-1 lead with 8:53 remaining.

Miller once again broke up the stretch for the Golden Knights, but goals from Messner and senior Tom Gardner (Salem, N.H.), as well as the fourth Mee-to-Kennedy connection, closed the frame with Saint Anselm holding an 11-2 advantage.

After Evan Helming began the fourth-quarter scoring just 53 seconds in, Kennedy returned the quartet of favors and set up Mee’s second of the day. Brett McAuliffe potted consecutive goals, but junior Andy Budz (Williamstown, Mass.) closed the scoring with a pair of his own.

Sophomore goalkeeper James O’Neill (East Walpole, Mass.) stopped 12 of the 17 shots he faced, while Shapiro turned away 11 of 22 in the first 45 minutes of action. Casey Bergeron made three saves on the six shots he saw over the final 15 minutes.

Saint Anselm outshot Saint Rose, 57-43, including 37-19 in the middle two frames. Senior Matthew Steele (Ipswich, Mass.) captured 17 of 22 faceoffs. The Hawks went 2-for-5 with the extra man, while the Golden Knights were 0-for-4.

The Hawks return to action Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. when they travel to Merrimack College.


#14 St. Anselm Women’s Lax Claims No. 3 Seed With 20-3 Romp Over So. Connecticut 

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) registered a game-high six points and junior Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) and sophomore Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) each added five to lead the Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team to Saturday afternoon’s 20-3 victory against Southern Connecticut State University in the regular-season finale on Senior Day at Grappone Stadium.

The Hawks improve to 12-3 on the season, including 9-3 in Northeast-10 play to clinch the No. 3 seed for the upcoming Northeast-10 Championship. The 12 victories add to an already-program record after the Hawks won 10 games a year ago. Saint Anselm finished in a three-way tie with Stonehill College and Le Moyne College, but held the tiebreaker in goal differential after all three teams featured a 1-1 record against each other. The Hawks, who earn their second straight playoff appearance after missing out on a berth since 2006, will play host to sixth-seeded Bentley University at Grappone on Wednesday, April 30 at 4 p.m. The Owls wrap up their season at 4-13, 1-11 NE-10.

Pickett scored five goals and handed out an assist, while Daly and Villareal both potted four goals and collected a helper. Junior Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) recorded four points on three goals and an assist, with sophomore Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.) chipping in two goals and a pair of assists.

Pickett set up Marshall to kick off the scoring 3:42 into the contest before Emily Horan knotted things up just 1:04 later. Stazinski answered just 14 seconds after that to give Saint Anselm the lead for good at 2-1 with 25:00 remaining in the opening half. Daly scored her first from Stazinski just 23 seconds later and added another off an assist from classmate Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) to open the lead to 4-1 with 23:22 left.

The Hawks completed the eight-goal run with five more tallies, including three from Pickett, to break the game wide open at 9-1 with 10:27 to play. Jennifer McCarthy halted the run with a goal 1:02 later, but Saint Anselm picked right back up with strikes from Villareal, Daly and Pickett within 1:08 of each other to make it 12-2 with 6:26 to go. Villareal potted two more to close the second-half scoring and send the Hawks into the break with a 14-2 advantage.

Pickett and Doherty opened the second half with goals that made it 16-2 just 3:20 in before Villareal and Daly completed the nine-goal stretch to widen the margin to 18-2. Emily Orser grabbed the Owls’ third goal, with Marshall and Stazinski wrapping up the scoring with 10:41 on the clock.

Senior Katherine Amato (Bedford, N.H.) earned her first win of the season as she stopped one of three shots in the first half. Sophomore Jane Bunn (St. John’s, Fla.) turned away two of three shots in the first 19:19 of the second stanza, while junior Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) saved all four shots she saw in the final 10:41. Vanessa Pagano made four saves for Southern Connecticut.

Saint Anselm held a 30-16 advantage in shots, including 18-7 in the first half, and also owned a 13-12 edge in draw controls. The Hawks were 2-for-3 on their free-position attempts, while the Owls went 0-for-3.

Seniors Amato, Brianna Walsh (Woburn, Mass.) and Eliza Jalbert (Providence, R.I.) were all honored in a ceremony prior to the game.

The third-seeded Hawks return to action Wednesday, April 30 at 4 p.m. as they open the Northeast-10 Championship by playing host to sixth-seeded Bentley.


Bentley Women Drops Regular Season Finale to No. 2 Adelphi 15-7

WALTHAM, Mass. – Despite a 15-7 defeat to No. 2 Adelphi in Saturday’s regular season finale, the Bentley women’s lacrosse team will play on in the first round of the Northeast-10 Women’s Lacrosse Championship on Wednesday night.

The Falcons will enter the postseason as the No. 6 seed, and will play at No. 3 seed Saint Anselm on Wednesday night at 4:00 pm.

Attacker Taylor Bastien (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) led the Falcon offense with three goals and two assists on Senior Day. Another senior, Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield), had two goals and one assist.

Bentley held up strong defensively against the top scoring team in Division II, limiting them to just one goal in the first 15 minutes in a 1-1 game, in which sophomore Kelsey Howard (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) scored.

But Adelphi netted six straight goals in a span of 10 minutes to take a 7-1 lead with 5:12 left in the half. Attacker Rachel O’Brien had three goals during the run. Brown scored a man-up goal for Bentley with 1:53 remaining in the half and the score was 7-2 Adelphi at halftime.

The Panthers started the second half strong and opened up a 12-2 advantage. But Bentley scored five of the game’s final eight goals over the last 12 minutes. Bastien had three goals in less than five minutes, and Brown and sophomore Tori Cerny (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) also scored.

Senior goalie Ally Dorman (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) came up with nine saves against the high-powered Adelphi offense.

Bentley finishes the regular season with an 8-8 overall record and a 7-5 Northeast-10 record. Adelphi is now 17-0 and 12-0 NE-10.