Division II Roundup, 3/21

No. 18 Bentley Women Uses Big 2nd Half to Topple Pfeiffer, 16-4

MISENHEIMER, N.C. – No. 18 Bentley outscored Pfeiffer 9-1 in the 2nd half en route to a 16-4 victory in a non-conference women’s lacrosse game on Friday afternoon. Junior Ellie Shuman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua North) led the offense with five goals, with four in the 2nd half.

The five goals are a career-high for Shuman, who helps the Falcons improve to 2-2 on the season and gives them a 2-0 sweep of their trip through North Carolina. Kelsey Howard (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), Hannah Lindgren (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin), Taylor Lunden (Agawam, Mass./Agawam) and Meredith Hart (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) all had two goals as well.

Bentley led 7-3 at halftime and 7-4 after a quick Pfeiffer goal after the break, but proceeded to score nine unanswered goals throughout the rest of the game.

A goal by Howard at the 27:32 mark started the run for the Falcons, however another goal wasn’t scored for almost 10 minutes until Shuman scored on a free-position shot. That goal by Shuman started a spurt of six goals in about eight minutes for Bentley, which finished with an unassisted goal for Shuman with 9:24 remaining to make the score 14-4. Ciara Morley (Irvington, N.Y./Irvington) and Lunden finished the game with goals to provide the final margin.

Bentley raced out to a 4-0 lead after 11-plus minutes of the 1st half, and a 6-0 lead after 14-plus. Lindgren had two goals and one assist during the opening run. She assisted on a goal by Lunden, Bentley’s second of the game at the 21:27 mark. Lindgren then scored two of the last three goals during the run, coming in-between a strike by Howard.

For its next game, the Falcons head back on the road to open Northeast-10 play at Le Moyne. That game is on Sunday at noon.


No. 20 St. Anselm Women’s Lacrosse Falls Late in Overtime at AIC

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Mikayla Demanche scored on a free position shot with 13 seconds remaining in overtime to give American International an 11-10 win over the No. 20-ranked Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team on Friday night at Abdow Field.

Demanche’s goal was her seventh of the season and second of the game for American International (5-1, 1-0 NE-10). Saint Anselm (1-1, 0-1 NE-10) held a 9-5 advantage early in the second half before the Yellow Jackets rattled off five consecutive goals to go ahead 10-9.

Trailing for the first time on the night, the Hawks got a free position goal from Erica Mattila, her second of the game, with 4:26 remaining. Mattila’s goal was the final goal of regulation after the Hawks controlled the ball for the final 3:19 in search of the game-winning goal.

Saint Anselm won the draw control to start overtime but each team committed a turnover early in the extra session. Caitlin Villareal shot high on the only shot of overtime before Demanche’s late winner.

Villareal scored four goals, Erin Marshall added three, Mattila had two and Marta Versprille had another for Saint Anselm. Marshall also snagged a game-high seven ground balls. Michelle Kudlate added a pair of assists for the Hawks, who outshot the Yellow Jackets 20-21 in the game, including 16-9 in the first half.

Goals by Versprille, Mattila and Villareal inside the opening five minutes gave Saint Anselm an early 3-0 lead. American International got within one midway through the first half with back-to-back goals only for the Hawks to reclaim a three-goal lead at 5-2. The Yellow Jackets netted the final two goals to go to the half down 6-5.

A Villareal goal and two from Marshall in the space of less than four minutes to start the second half put the Hawks ahead 9-5, the largest lead of the night. However, Cheyenne Carden scored three of her five goals to bring AIC within one and the hosts took their first lead at 10-9 with 6:10 to go on one of Jessica Lawler’s two goals.

Alexis Torosian picked up the win for AIC by making nine saves, while Jane Bunn suffered the loss despite making seven stops for Saint Anselm.

The Hawks held a 19-18 advantage in ground balls and committed fewer turnovers (17-15) in the game, while the Yellow Jackets held a slim 12-11 edge in draw controls. AIC was 6-for-10 on free position shots compared to 4-for-6 for Saint Anselm.

Next up for Saint Anselm is a matchup at Southern New Hampshire on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m.



No. 18 Bentley’s Women Rally Runs Out of Time at No. 2 Le Moyne

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 18 ranked Bentley closed with a 5-1 run at No. 2 Le Moyne, but ran out of time as the Dolphins hung on for a 15-11 victory in the Northeast-10 opener for both teams on Sunday afternoon.

The Falcons trailed 14-6 after a goal by Le Moyne’s Molly McGuane at the 17:40 mark. But following a timeout Bentley picked it up and began to reel off four straight goals in the span of six minutes. Senior Kelsey Howard (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) had two of the goals as part of a hat trick on the day for her. She scored the opening goal of the run at the 16:21 mark and also added a man-up goal with 10:47 to play.

Following Howard’s goal, midfielder Meredith Hart (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) scored just 19 seconds later off a free-position shot to trim the team’s deficit to just 14-10. Erin O’Connor (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) also had a free-position goal during the run.

Both teams proceeded to trade possession as time ticked down, and Le Moyne was able to drain enough time off the clock to make a further comeback attempt for Bentley difficult. Hannah Lindgren (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin) converted a free-position attempt to make it 14-11 with 2:46 remaining, but that was the Falcons’ last goal.

In the first half, the Dolphins opened up a 4-1 lead before two straight goals by Hart and O’Connor made it 4-3 at the midway point. Le Moyne though embarked on a 4-0 run over the final five minutes of the half, before Ellie Shuman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua North) scored with just 7 seconds left for Bentley to get them to within 8-4 at halftime.

The defeat snaps Bentley’s two game winning streak, but they’ll get a chance to get back in the win column on Tuesday night with a home game against Pace.


Bentley Wins NE-10 Opener over Franklin Pierce 11-8

WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley got its Northeast-10 schedule underway on Saturday at home against Franklin Pierce and came away with an 11-8 victory. John Wheeler (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) and Alex Astarita (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) paced the offense with three goals each.

The Falcons led 10-5 early in the 4th quarter after a goal by Astarita, but Franklin Pierce chipped away down the stretch with a 3-0 run, that culminated in a goal by Sean Delea at the 5:52 mark to make it a 10-8 game.

However, Astarita scored a big man-up goal with 1:17 remaining to seal the victory.

A tight first half resulted in a 4-3 Bentley lead at halftime. But the Falcons exploded out of the locker rooms in the 3rd quarter by scoring four unanswered goals in the first six-plus minutes. Wheeler had a man-up goal at the 8:08 mark to give his team a 7-3 lead. Bentley then won the ensuing face-off and the ground ball was picked up by Derek Osbahr (Nahant, Mass./St. John’s Prep), who raced down the field and scored unassisted just 14 seconds after Wheeler’s goal.

Osbahr opened the 2nd half scoring with another impressive play after causing a turnover in the Franklin Pierce end, picking up the ground ball and scoring after racing down the field.

The scoring in the first half came from Astarita with two goals, Wheeler and sophomore Chris Wiggins (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough).

The win improves Bentley’s record to 2-1 (1-0 NE-10). They’ll go for a 3rd straight win next Saturday at home against Assumption.


Olsen’s Eight Points Power St. Anselm Men’s Lacrosse to Win at AIC

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Five goals and three assists from James Olsen powered the Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse team to a 25-11 road win over American International in the team’s Northeast-10 Conference opener on Saturday at Abdow Field.

Olsen had three goals and an assist in the first quarter alone to help Saint Anselm (3-0, 1-0 NE-10) jump out to a 7-0 lead over AIC (0-7, 0-4 NE-10) after 15 minutes. The junior added a goal and an assist in each of the second and third periods and now has 18 points through three games this season. His eight points in the game were a career-high total for Olsen.

In addition to Olsen’s big game, Ben Warren, Todd Billetter and Alex Pacitti each had two goals and two assists. Xavier Quinn added three goals and an assist and Ryan Hesseltine chipped in with a hat trick. In total, 12 players had multi-point games for Saint Anselm in the contest.

The seven-goal first period was part of a 13-0 start to the game for the Hawks over the first 20 minutes. The Yellow Jackets scored five of the next six goals to trail 14-5 late in the first half but that was as close as the hosts would get the rest of the way.

After leading 15-6 at the half, Saint Anselm held AIC to just one goal in the third and tacked on six of its own to go up 21-7 after three. Quinn scored two of his three goals in the fourth quarter.

Saint Anselm held a 52-32 advantage in shots on goal, including 45-20 over the first three periods. Lucas DeAngelo stopped eight of 17 shots in 53:55 to improve to 3-0 and PJ Kendall made three saves in 6:05 at the tail end of the game. Tariq Wureshi made 10 saves in the loss for AIC.

Quinn Cesar scored a hat trick for AIC and Jack McIntyre added two goals and two assists for the hosts. Kevin Papineau matched McIntyre’s four points with a goal and three helpers.

Saint Anselm grabbed 22 ground balls to 20 for AIC, led by five ground balls from Derrick LaBranche. The Hawks held the Yellow Jackets to just 1-for-6 with an extra man.

Saint Anselm takes on Saint Rose on the road on Saturday, March 26 at 1 p.m.