Division II Roundup

Dente’s Goal Sends Bentley Past Saint Rose in OT, 8-7

WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior Matt Dente (Reading, Mass./Reading) scored a man-up goal 1:22 into overtime to give the Bentley men’s lacrosse team an 8-7 victory over visiting Saint Rose in the team’s home-opener Saturday afternoon. Dente had a hat trick in the win.

Bentley was in a man-up situation after Saint Rose took an illegal body check penalty at the 3:02 mark of overtime. With the ball in the offensive zone, freshman Matt Sanford (Stratham, N.H./Bow) fed Dente a pass on the near post. He dodged around one defender, then the goalie, and fired his shot in to give the Falcons the win.

The Falcons dominated the first half and led 5-1 at the break. They extended their lead 6-1 on Dente’s first of the game at the 12:11 mark of the third quarter.

But Bentley then went through a long scoring drought that lasted past the halfway point of the fourth quarter. That allowed the Golden Knights to get back in the game, and take a 7-6 lead with a 6-0 run. Trailing 6-3 at the start of the fourth quarter, Saint Rose scored three times in the first 3:05 of the final quarter to tie the game 6-6. They went ahead on attacker Kevin Fleming’s second straight goal at the 9:00 minute mark.

Dente though tied it back up at seven with 7:33 to play, scoring off an assist from senior Mike Giorgetti (Framingham, Mass./Framingham).

Bentley had the final possession of regulation after forcing a Saint Rose turnover, but could not come up with the winning goal.

The Falcons raced out to a 5-1 first half lead as Sanford had two goals, and Giorgetti, David Phelps (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) and Mike Astarita (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) also had one.

The win improves Bentley’s record to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the NE-10, while the Golden Knights fall to 2-4 and 1-2. Bentley’s next game is Tuesday night at home against Saint Anselm.


Setters Nip St. Anselm Men’s Lacrosse, 14-11

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Senior Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.), junior Ben Warren (Georgetown, Mass.) and sophomore James Olsen (Westford, Vt.) all recorded three goals apiece but the Saint Anselm men’s lacrosse team dropped a 14-11 decision to Northeast-10 Conference foe Pace University Saturday afternoon at Pleasantville High School.

The loss was the fourth straight to start the season for Saint Anselm, which dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the league. Pace picks up its first NE-10 win and improves to 1-1 in the league and 3-2 overall.

Kennedy led the Hawks on the day with six points while Warren and senior James Peters (Medway, Mass.) each added two assists on the afternoon. Junior Jake Stokes (Beverly, Mass.) tallied a game-high six groundballs, but the Hawks were dominated on the faceoff, securing just six of 26 opportunities.

For the fourth straight game, the Hawks found themselves fighting uphill early by giving up a trio of goals to the host Setters in the first five minutes of the game, including a Matt Ruquet goal just 16 seconds in. Senior Andy Budz (Williamstown, Mass.) finally broke up Pace’s run with a goal at the 4:40 mark of the opening quarter of a Warren assist, before the Setters notched a pair of scores in the final 17 seconds of the period to surge to a 5-1 lead at the first intermission.

The Setters added another early-quarter score to go up 6-1, but the Hawks responded by scoring the next four goals to cut the deficit to one. Olsen sent home a goal at the 12:34 mark on a Peters assist, then Warren scored an unassisted man-up goal just 50 seconds later. Olsen added a Kennedy-assisted tally at the 10:57 mark and Warren used another Kennedy assist on another man-up opportunity to cap off a furious two and a half minutes of scoring to wrestle back some momentum midway through the period.

Pace’s dominance on the faceoff matchups proved a major storyline as the Setters were able to maintain possession for much of the game, including after most of Saint Anselm’s goals. Three different Setters added goals before Budz scored his second goal of the game as the Hawks faced a 9-6 deficit at the halftime break.

Saint Anselm regrouped and showed some fight in the second half, taking advantage of a handful of Setter penalties to open the third. Kennedy rocketed home a goal at the 13:49 mark off an assist from senior Charles Geraghty (Norwich, Vt.), then Peters assisted on Kennedy’s man-up goal at the 6:13 mark to score the third advantage goal of the game for Saint Anselm.

Junior goalkeeper James O’Neill (East Walpole, Mass.) picked up some huge saves for the Hawks throughout the third period, before Olsen capped off the Hawks’ furious comeback off a Warren assist to tie the game at 9-9 with less than five minutes to go in the third period. The tie would promptly be broken with back-to-back scores by Pace to end the threat as the Setters took an 11-9 advantage into the final intermission.

A big save by O’Neill just 30 seconds into the fourth quarter started the fast break for the Hawks and Kennedy rocketed one past Pace goalkeeper Michael Bonitatibus to pull the Hawks to within one. Warren’s third score of the game came after a Pace score and held the deficit to one goal at the 6:08 mark, but the Setters would notch the final two goals of the game to seal a tough and important victory in the early Northeast-10 league race.

O’Neill recorded a game-high 13 saves on 27 shots for the Hawks, while Bonitatibus notched 11 saves on 22 Saint Anselm shots on target.

Saint Anselm will head back on the road for a Northeast-10 matchup at Bentley University. The Hawks and Falcons will square off on the turf at 7 p.m. in Waltham.


Brown, Lindgren Each Score Four as Bentley Women Down Pace 11-7

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Senior Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) and sophomore Hannah Lindgren (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin) each scored four goals to lead Bentley University to an 11-7 road victory over Pace on Saturday in Northeast-10 women’s lacrosse action.

Brown had a hat trick at half time to help stake the Falcons to a 5-2 lead after 30 minutes. Lindgren scored three times in the second half, including two in the final 5:39, to help Bentley pull away.

Brown had three of Bentley’s first four goals, giving them a 4-1 lead after 17 minutes of the first half. Sophomore Taylor Lunden (Agawam, Mass./Agawam) assisted on all three of Brown’s goals, and scored herself in the first half.

Lindgren opened the second half scoring to give Bentley a 6-2 lead. Pace then netted the next two goals to close to within 6-4 after the first five minutes of the second half. But that is as close as they would get the rest of the way.

Bentley scored the next three goals to open up a 9-4 lead. Goals by juniors Kelsey Howard (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) and Meredith Hart (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) came in between Brown’s fourth goal of the afternoon.

Pace would score three more times over the final 10:38, but the two goals by Lindgren helped Bentley maintain its comfortable lead.

Bentley improves to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the NE-10 with the win. Pace drops to records of 3-1 and 1-1. Bentley’s next game is Wednesday afternoon at Adelphi.


#4 New Haven Tops #11 Women’s Lacrosse, 9-5, in Defensive Battle

EXETER, N.H. – Senior Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) scored a pair of goals and junior goalkeeper Jane Bunn (St. John’s, Fla.) made 16 saves, but the 11th-ranked Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team dropped a 9-5 decision to the fourth-ranked University of New Haven on a cold and blustery Saturday afternoon at Phillips Exeter Academy’s Phelps Stadium.

The Hawks drop their second straight to fall to 2-2 on the season and 1-2 in Northeast-10 Play, while the Chargers improve to 5-1, 2-1 NE-10.

In addition to Doherty’s two points, fellow senior Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) also registered two points on a goal and an assist, while juniors Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) and Lauren Perry (Merrimack, N.H.) each added a goal.

New Haven grabbed the game’s first score when Corinne Fisher struck on a free-position shot at 20:52. Saint Anselm responded 1:11 later as Stazinski set up Doherty to knot the game before Villareal’s unassisted tally put the Hawks up, 2-1, at the 18:02 mark. Saint Anselm then expanded the lead to 3-1 with a Stazinski free-position tally at 10:56.

The Chargers would clamp down on defense from there, however, and a pair of Courtney Ackland goals would tie the game at three heading into the break.

Kathryn Campbell opened the second half by setting up goals from Ashley Travis and Nicole Belanger to give the Chargers a 5-3 advantage with 22:31 remaining in the contest. Ackland potted her third at 20:31 and Caitlin O’Brien followed to make it 7-3 just 1:01 later. Campbell potter her first 1:27 after that to stretch the lead to five before Fisher scored again after receiving a Campbell feed to put New Haven in front, 9-3, with 10:25

Perry and Doherty would add unassisted goals at 6:23 and 5:00, respectively, but the Chargers would hang on for the victory.

Bunn, who recorded 15 saves Tuesday at Adelphi University, came up three saves shy of matching her career high. Marissa McDermott stopped six shots, including five in the opening half, for the Chargers.

New Haven held a 26-17 advantage in shots, including 14-6 in the second stanza, and won 11 of the game’s 16 draw controls. Each team was 1-for-3 on its free-position attempts.

The Hawks return to action Tuesday, March 24 at 4 p.m. when they travel to take on American International College.


Post Women’s Lacrosse Falls To Philadelphia

Young and Polaski Score Twice

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Post University women’s lacrosse team was defeated by Philadelphia 18-5 on Monday afternoon. Senior Miranda Polaski (Agawam, Mass.) and sophomore Shannon Young (Centereach, N.Y.) each scored twice for the Eagles.

Young scored her 10th goal of the season with 27:49 left in the first half to tie the game 1-1 early on. Post managed just four shots in the first quarter as it fell behind 11-1 at the half.

Polaski scored twice in the second half and also grabbed a team-high four ground balls. She is now seventh among active NCAA players in career ground balls. Young and senior Eryka Baez (Clifton, N.J.) each added late free-position goals.

Graduate goalkeeper Kathy Walker (Dorchester, Mass.) made 15 saves. She leads all active NCAA keepers at 14.0 saves per game. Polaski and junior Nicole Maggio (Hicksville, N.Y.) each had two caused turnovers.

Post returns to action on Wednesday, March 25 at Nyack. Game time is set for 3 p.m.