Division II Roundup April 20th

No. 1 Le Moyne Tops Bentley 18-8

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 1 ranked Le Moyne used a big first half to propel themselves to an 18-8 victory over visiting Bentley in Northeast-10 men’s lacrosse action on Saturday. Midfielder Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) had two goals for Bentley.

The Dolphins, who improve to 10-0 in NE-10 games, started the game on a 5-0 run and led by that score before the halfway point of the first quarter. Bentley responded with two goals before the quarter ended, first by midfielder Bob Coleman (Southington, Conn./Xavier) at the 3:22 mark, and then by attacker Matt Sanford (Stratham, N.H./Bow) with 20 seconds left, to make it a 5-2 game going into the second quarter.

But Le Moyne began to pull away in the second by outscoring the Falcons 8-0, and they led 13-2 at halftime. Midfielder Chris Breiner had two consecutive goals and attacker Kevin Kelly scored a man-up goal as part of the Le Moyne attack.

The Falcons turned it around a bit in the second half, outscoring the Dolphins 6-5. After Le Moyne opened the third quarter with a goal by midfielder Brian Rogers, Brigham and midfielder David Phelps (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) scored back to back at the 11:51 and 10:49 marks, respectively. Brigham added his second goal of the quarter with 3:08 left.

In the fourth quarter, senior Matt Dente (Reading, Mass./Reading) netted his team leading 21st goal of the season. Senior Cutler Dimond (Marblehead, Mass./Tabor Academy) and midfielder Brady Palmer (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) also scored for Bentley in the final 4:46.

The Falcons fall to 6-5 overall and 5-5 in the NE-10. They are back on the field next Saturday at Pace to close out the regular season.


Four Late Goals Snag Men’s Lacrosse at Franklin Pierce, 14-11

RINDGE, N.H. Senior Andy Budz (Williamstown, Mass.) led a foursome of Hawks who scored a pair of goals but host Franklin Pierce University used a four-goal flurry over the final five minutes of the game to hold off an upset-minded Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse team Saturday afternoon at Sodexo Field, 14-11.

The loss drops Saint Anselm to 1-10 on the season and 1-8 in Northeast-10 Conference play while the Ravens, who were receiving votes in the latest U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches’ Poll, continue their bid for a host seed in the NE-10 Championship tournament by improving to 11-2 overall and 8-2 in the league.

Statistically, the game appeared to be dominated by the team in navy, as the Hawks outshot FPU 43-32, owned a 43-19 advantage in groundball pickups and sophomore Chris McCormack (Ipswitch, Mass.) was once again a force on the faceoff X, powering to a 22-4 advantage on the day.

The telling difference in the game came in net, as the Ravens’ Don Denman recorded 14 saves on 25 total shots on-goal—three of those saves coming in the crucial fourth period. Freshman Lucas DeAngelo (Byfield, Mass.) picked up five saves on 19 shots as the losing decision drops him to 0-4 on the season.

Out of the gate, Saint Anselm looked much more like the third place team in the conference, surging to a 4-0 lead over the first 10 minutes of play. Junior Ben Warren (Georgetown, Mass.), senior Charles Geraghty (Norwich, Vt.) and junior Alex Buxbaum (Medway, Mass.) each scored an unassisted tally to start, then Buxbaum put away a pass from sophomore Mark Vitello (Weymouth, Mass.) with just over five minutes remaining in the opening frame.

After the Ravens cut the lead to two at the first period intermission, Vitello and Budz pushed it back to a four-goal lead through the second period, more than doubling up the host Ravens at halftime, 7-3.

A likely spirited halftime conversation sparked Franklin Pierce out of the break, as the Ravens battled back to tie the game at 7-7 with four straight put-aways in the first seven minutes of the second half. Budz and senior James Peters (Medway, Mass.) reclaimed the lead for the Hawks and sophomore James Olsen (Westford, Vt.) added a late third-quarter score as Saint Anselm held onto a 10-9 lead after three periods.

After Pierce tied the game with a quick goal less than two minutes into the quarter, Warren added his second of the game at the 8:24 mark to retake the lead, 11-10. McCormack won the ensuing faceoff but the Hawks couldn’t convert on the offensive opportunity as a Geraghty shot was saved. Both teams swapped turnovers before the Ravens’ Kevin Dargin scored the equalizer at 5:14.

With the game tied at 11-11, McCormack picked up the faceoff again, but a pair of Budz shots sailed wide of the target. Franklin Pierce cleared the ball and got off a shot on their end of the field, but DeAngelo scored a huge save. Off the save, however, the Hawks had some trouble clearing the ball and the costly turnover led to a game-winner from Franklin Pierce’s Casey Burnett. The Ravens then added two more goals in the closing two minutes to stun the Hawks and complete the comeback victory.

Saint Anselm will complete its 2015 season with a pair of home games this week, welcoming Assumption College Wednesday at 7 p.m. before closing out the year Saturday against American International College. Saturday’s matchup will also be Senior Day for the five members of the graduating class of 2015.


Ramzi, #20 Women’s Lax Come Up Big in 17-6 Senior Day Win Against SNHU

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) made 11 saves, junior Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) scored four goals and fellow junior Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) dished four assists as the 20th-ranked Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team posted a 17-6 victory on Senior Day against crosstown rival Southern New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.

The Hawks win their second straight to improve to 6-6 on the season, including 5-5 in Northeast-10 play, while the Penmen, who had come in winners of four of their last five, drop to 6-7, 4-7 NE-10. Saint Anselm has now captured four straight in the series versus Southern New Hampshire.

Kudlate led the way, offensively, with a game-high five points, while Villareal followed with four. Senior Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) and junior Erin Marshall (Woburn, Mass.) each potted three goals, with senior Kaitlyn Stazinski (Pembroke, Mass.) and junior Katie McKenna (Danvers, Mass.) also adding three points on two goals and an assist.

Senior Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) set the tone early as she scored an unassisted goal just 32 seconds into the contest. Villareal followed with her first of the game over five minutes later to double the Saint Anselm lead to 2-0. Stazinski then set up Kudlate’s only goal of the game before Villareal struck again to make it 4-0 at the 19:24 mark.

Kudlate began her barrage of assists with one to Daly and then McKenna connected on a pass to Marshall to give the Hawks a 6-0 lead at 15:46 with five different goal scorers contributing. Villareal found the back of the net for the third time and then Kudlate handed out helpers to Daly and Marshall to stretch the Saint Anselm lead to 9-0 with 9:08 remaining in the opening half.

SNHU closed the first-half scoring with goals from Emily King and Courtney Nivala to trim its halftime deficit to 9-2.

Marshall, Daly and Stazinski opened the second-half scoring over a span of 2:07 before Kudlate notched her fourth assist on a feed to Villareal that made it 13-2 at the 22:04 mark. Lindsay Bucknam scored two straight for the Penmen, but tallies from Stazinski and McKenna answered to keep it an 11-goal game at 15-4 with 11:04 to play.

The Penmen struck twice more, including King’s second of the game, but junior Bebe Butts (Windham, Maine) set up McKenna’s second and sophomore Rachel Henderson (Powell, Ohio) found the back of the cage off a pass from freshman Meaghan Sheehy (Wilmot, N.H.) to bring the game to its final margin.

Ramzi turned away 11 of 17 shots she faced, while Nicole Kennedy made six saves.

Saint Anselm outshot Southern New Hampshire, 32-22, including 19-12 in the opening half. The Hawks also held a 14-11 edge in draw controls and were 2-for-4 on free-position chances, while the Penmen were 0-for-4.

Seniors Ramzi, Stazinski, Doherty, Daly and Molly McGaffigan (Groton, Mass.) were honored in a ceremony prior to the game. The day was also special for McGaffigan and the Hawks as they hosted their fourth annual “Teal the Field” initiative to raise money and awareness for “Ovations for the Cure,” a non-profit organization dedicated to the relentless pursuit of a cure for ovarian cancer. Teal the Field was organized by McGaffigan, who was affected by the disease at just 15-years-old and is now cancer free and a key cog in the Saint Anselm defense.

The Hawks return to action Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. when they play host to Merrimack College at Grappone.


No. 19 Bentley Rallies Late, but Can’t Overcome No. 8 New Haven in 15-11 Defeat

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – No. 19 Bentley closed the game on a 6-0 run, but couldn’t make up a 10 goal deficit and ultimately fell to No. 8 New Haven 15-11 on Saturday afternoon in a Northeast-10 matchup.

Bentley trailed 15-5 after New Haven midfielder Kathryn Campbell scored at the 10:38 mark. But the Falcons proceeded to rip off a 6-0 run, but ran out of time before being able to get any closer. The defeat snaps Bentley’s four game winning streak.

Attackers Kelsey Howard (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) and Hannah Lindgren (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin) each tallied three points to lead the Bentley offense.

After Campbell’s goal, Howard and freshman Kathleen Gillespie (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet) scored just 13 seconds apart to get Bentley to within 15-7. Sophomore Taylor Lunden (Agawam, Mass./Agawam) scored at the 4:41 mark, and the Falcons netted two more goals in the next 1:39 from Howard and midfielder Ellie Shuman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua North) to make it a 15-10 game with 3:02 to play. Lindgren scored with 1:30 left, with Howard assisting, but that was the team’s last goal.

The Chargers led 6-1 after 22 minutes played in the first half, but Bentley used a 3-0 run, before New Haven scored again, to close within 7-4 at halftime. Lindgren, Shuman and Meredith Hart (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) scored during the run.

Campbell tallied five goals, and attacker Courtney Ackland had four, to lead the New Haven offense.

Bentley drops to 9-4 overall and 7-4 in the NE-10, while New Haven improves to 12-2 and 9-2 with its fourth straight victory. The Falcons are back in action on Wednesday when they visit Franklin Pierce at 3:00 pm.


Polaski Ties Single-Game Record With Eight Goals In Loss To Chestnut Hill

Eagles Fall To Griffins 21-11

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Senior Miranda Polaski (Agawam, Mass.) had a career day in her final road contest, scoring eight goals at the Post University women’s lacrosse team was defeated by Chestnut Hill 21-11 on Saturday afternoon. The eight tallies tied Post’s single-game record set in 2013 by Meghan Diggett.

Polaski scored twice in the first half. After the Eagles fell behind 4-0, she controlled the ensuing draw and took it the distance for a goal. She added her second of the half on a free-position with 10:06 left until the break. Freshman Sam Rodriguez (Wayne, N.J.) tallied a goal on a free-position four minutes later. She would add another in the final minute to make the score 9-4 at the half.

Polaski scored the first two Eagles’ goals of the second half. Senior Eryka Baez (Clifton, N.J.) got on the board with 22:38 left and would later assist on a score by Polaski. Rodriguez also added an assist in the second half.

Graduate goalkeeper Kathy Walker (Dorchester, Mass.) made a season-high 17 saves. Polaski added three ground balls, three caused turnovers, and 10 draw controls. Rodriguez also picked up two ground balls.

Post is back in action on Monday, April 20 at home against Bridgeport. Game time is set for 3 p.m.