Division II Weekend Roundup, May 5th

Adelphi Advances Past Bentley in Northeast-10 Semis 13-8

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – A 4-0 third quarter run by top-seed Adelphi proved to be the difference as the Panthers defeated fourth-seeded Bentley 13-8 in the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Championships on Friday afternoon.

Bentley led 2-1 after the first quarter and trailed only 4-3 at halftime against Adelphi, which came into the game ranked No. 3 in Division II. The game was tied 5-5 after the third goal of the game by junior Bobby Hinds (West Hartford, Conn./Conard), but the Panthers created some separation with the 4-0 run, and an extended 7-1 run that went into the fourth quarter.

Goals by David Phelps (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) and Hinds, and six saves by senior goalie Josh Baker (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) helped Bentley lead 2-1 after the first 15 minutes. Bentley continued to deny the Panther offense into the second quarter, until Adelphi tied it on a goal by junior Jamie McAndrew at the 5:35 mark. Bentley responded with a goal from Hinds with 4:40 left, but Adelphi answered with two goals over the remaining 2:42 to lead 4-3 at halftime.

Adelphi scored the first goal of the second half, but it was Bentley scoring twice in a span of 44 seconds to tie the game 5-5. Junior Cutler Dimond (Marblehead, Mass./Tabor Academy) scored first at the 9:35 mark. Following an Adelphi penalty, Hinds scored his third of the game with Bentley a man-up to tie it.

But just as quickly as Bentley tied the game Adelphi went ahead by two goals again, scoring twice in 30 seconds. Senior attack Ikerson Hooper then scored twice in a span of 1:06 to give Adelphi a 9-5 lead with 1:59 left in the third quarter.

Dimond though scored his second of the quarter with eight seconds left to get Bentley to within 9-6.

Neither team scored for the first half of the fourth quarter, but a goal by Adelphi’s McAndrew with 6:48 left started a 3-0 run that gave them a 12-6 lead. A man-up goal by Dimond and a goal by senior Nick Astarita (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) were the final two goals of the game for Bentley.

Adelphi advances on to the finals on Sunday where they will play Merrimack. The Falcons’ season comes to a close at 8-7.


#12 St. Anselm Women’s Lax Clipped in Northeast-10 Semifinal by #4 New Haven, 15-14

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Junior Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) matched a career best with a game-high five goals, but the 12th-ranked and third-seeded Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team was dealt a heartbreaking 15-14 loss by the fourth-ranked and second-seeded University of New Haven in a Northeast-10 Championship semifinal matchup Saturday afternoon at Adelphi University’s Motamed Field.

The Hawks drop to 13-4 on the season, while the Chargers improve to 16-2 and advance to Sunday’s title game against Adelphi. Both teams will be in the mix for an NCAA Tournament selection Sunday night.

In addition to Pickett, classmate Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) potted four goals and sophomore Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) registered three goals and an assist.

Pickett scored the first two goals of the game to stake the Hawks to a 2-0 lead 5:15 in, but Kathryn Campbell and Corinne Fisher answered with goals 27 seconds apart to tie with the contest with 23:05 remaining in the opening half.

Doherty put the Hawks back on top with an unassisted tally at the 19:44 mark, but goals from Nicole McKee, Maya Szymanski and Courtney Ackland gave New Haven their first lead of the afternoon at 5-3 with 11:23 left.

The teams then traded goals twice before a Pickett strike was followed by a pair of goals from Kudlate – with the second one set up by sophomore Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) – to put the Hawks back in front at 8-7 with 3:39 to go. Ackland knotted the game with 1:20 on the clock, but Doherty responded with 36 seconds left to send Saint Anselm into the break with a 9-8 edge.

Villareal’s league-leading 20th free-position goal opened the second-half scoring to nudge the lead to two just 1:23 in, but Campbell and Fisher again hit back to tie the game at 10-all with 24:29 remaining.

After McKee answered a goal from junior Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) that was set up by sophomore Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.), Kudlate notched her third goal of the day and then handed out an assist on another Doherty goal to give the Hawks their two-goal cushion back at 13-11 with 20:33 to play.

New Haven would respond with four unanswered goals to seize the lead for good. Marissa Fisher scored the first three – two of which were assisted by Campbell – before Campbell herself buried a free-position shot to put the Chargers up 15-13 with 13:53 left.

The Hawks would have their chances down the stretch, but had one shot saved, another clang off the post and mixed in four turnovers. Pickett made good on a free-position chance just before time expired to close the gap to one, but had run out of time.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jane Bunn (St. John’s, Fla.) made seven saves, while Marissa McDermott turned away five shots for the Chargers.

New Haven outshot Saint Anselm, 33-22, including 16-8 in the second half, and also held a 16-14 edge in draw controls, including 8-4 in the second frame. The Hawks were 2-for-3 on their free-position opportunities, while the Chargers were 4-for-7.