Division II Women’s Recap April 1st

Brown, Gillespie Lead No. 20 Bentley Past Assumption 19-10

WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) and freshman Kathleen Gillespie (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet) combined for nine goals as the 20th ranked Bentley women’s lacrosse team defeated Assumption 19-10 on Tuesday afternoon. Brown netted her 100th career goal in the first half.

Bentley led from start to finish. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead after eight minutes, and led by as much as six goals, 8-2, in the first half. The team’s biggest lead of 10 goals, at 19-9, came after Brown netted her fifth goal of the afternoon with 2:16 left in the game.

Brown needed four goals to reach 100 for her career, and she accomplished it in the first half. She scored the opening goal 2:59 into the contest. After Assumption’s Camille Auger scored two straight to cut into Bentley’s 4-0 lead, Brown scored three of the next four goals as part of a 4-0 Bentley run. Her goal with 6:35 left in the half to give them an 8-2 lead was number 100.

Assumption scored the final three goals of the half to make it an 8-5 game at halftime, and they scored three of the first four goals of the second half to get to within 10-8 with 19:40 remaining.

But the Falcons took over from that point, going on runs of 4-0 and 9-1 to pull away. Gillespie and sophomore Hannah Lindgren (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin) each had two goals during the extended run, but five others also scored.

In addition to her four goals, Gillespie came down with 10 draw controls.

With the win, Bentley improves to 5-4 overall and 4-3 in NE-10 play. Assumption drops to 7-3 and 3-3.

The Falcons are back in action on Saturday when they host Southern Connecticut.


Daly Grabs Goal-Scoring Record as St. Anselm Women’s Lax Edged at Franklin Pierce, 12-11

RINDGE, N.H. – Senior Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) became the program’s all-time leader in goals and junior Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) registered a team-best four points, but the 12th-ranked Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team was clipped by Franklin Pierce University, 12-11, at Sodexo Field on Tuesday afternoon.

The Hawks swoop to 4-4 on the season, including 3-3 in Northeast-10 play, while the Ravens soar to 5-3, 3-3 NE-10.

Daly, who became Saint Anselm’s all-time leader in points in her last game out Saturday at Pace University, scored two goals to tie and then overtake Meghan Smith‘s mark of 203. Villareal recorded her four points on two goals and two assists.

Villareal helped stake the Hawks to a 1-0 lead just 1:02 in as she set up the game’s first goal by freshman Emma Palumbo (Sudbury, Mass.). Nicole Dale knotted the game nearly two minutes later, but Daly’s record-tying tally off an assist from junior Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) and a free-position goal from senior Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) put the Hawks in front, 3-1, with 22:48 remaining in the opening half.

Two straight Franklin Pierce goals, including Dale’s second, tied the game before sophomore Rachel Henderson (Powell, Ohio) scored off a feed from freshman Meaghan Sheehy (Wilmot, N.H.) to give Saint Anselm a 4-3 edge at the 6:49 mark.

The Ravens tied the game again at 5:15, but unassisted tallies from junior Katie McKenna (Danvers, Mass.) and Sheehy gave the Hawks a two-goal cushion. Madeline Shopshire found the back of the cage with 1:28 left to close the first-half scoring with Franklin Pierce trailing, 6-5.

Franklin Pierce opened the second stanza with a four-goal outburst that included a pair of scores from Briana Sweeney and put the Ravens in front, 9-6, with 16:18 left. Shopshire answered goals from Villareal and McKenna to keep it a three-goal game.

Dale then offset a Stazinski free-position goal to keep the margin at three with 7:39 left, but Villareal set up Daly’s record-breaking goal with 4:18 on the clock and then scored off a feed from fellow junior Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.) at 3:31 to pull the Hawks within 12-11.

Franklin Pierce won the ensuing draw control, but Villareal caused a huge turnover to give the Hawks one final shot. They would turn it over themselves, however, and the Ravens would hold on for the win.

Franklin Pierce outshot Saint Anselm, 38-20, including 23-12 in the opening half. Draw controls were even at 12 apiece, while the Ravens forced 21 turnovers and gave it away just eight times themselves. The Hawks were 4-for-5 on free-position attempts, while the Ravens went 4-for-9.

The Hawks return to action Saturday, April 4 at 10 a.m. when they play host to fifth-ranked Le Moyne College at Gill Stadium in Manchester.


Polaski Scores Season-High Six Points In Loss to Georgian Court

Eagles Back In Action Thursday

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – The Post University women’s lacrosse fell to Georgian Court 18-6 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action on Thursday afternoon. Senior Miranda Polaski (Agawam, Mass.) scored a season-high six points in the loss.

The Eagles took control out of the gate as they went in front 2-0 behind goals by junior Jordyn Woltmann (Lake Grove, N.Y.) and Polaski five minutes into the contest. After a score by the Lions, freshman Sam Rodriguez (Wayne, N.J.) found Polaski to put Post ahead 3-1.

Georgian Court scored seven goals in a row from there before Polaski ended the run with her third tally of the game to cut the deficit to 8-4.

Post started the second half strong with two early goals. Senior Eryka Baez (Clifton, N.J.) scored her first of two in the half one minute into the period. She added another with 5:24 remaining.

Polaski led Post with five draw controls and three ground balls. Graduate student Kathy Walker (Dorchester, Mass.) made 10 saves and grabbed three ground balls. Baez had two caused turnovers.

The Eagles return to action on Thursday, April 2 at home against Southern New Hampshire. Game time is set for 3 p.m.