Division II Roundup, 3/28

Pacitti’s four goals lead Saint Anselm past Saint Rose, 9-8

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse team rallied from an 8-5 fourth quarter deficit to rally for a 9-8 win in overtime over the College of Saint Rose on Saturday afternoon in Albany, N.Y. The Hawks improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the NE-10, while the Golden Knights drop to 2-6 and 0-3 in league games.

Junior Alex Pacitti (Foxboro, Mass.) scored four goals, including the game-winner with 1:24 remaining in overtime, to lead Saint Anselm to the win. Patrick Sweeney (North Andover, Mass.) scored twice, while Ben Warren (Georgetown, Mass.), James Olsen (Westford, Vt.), and Mark Vitello (Weymouth, Mass.) each added goals. Warren registered the only two assists of the day for the visitors.

Lucas DeAngelo (Byfield, Mass.) made nine saves and scooped up four groundballs while picking up his fourth win of the year. Chris McCormack (Ipswich, Mass.) won 9-of-16 face-offs and grabbed five groundballs to tie Warren for the team lead, with Derrick LaBranche (Bow, N.H.) causing five turnovers to lead the Hawk defense.

Matt Graham and Connor Moore scored two goals apiece to lead Saint Rose, while Cameron Fisher, Josh Frese, Jon Munroe, and Tyler Mello also added tallies for the Golden Knights. Liam Guiton stopped 16 shots in goal in the setback.

Olsen opened the scoring in the game at the 12:46 mark of the first period before the Golden Knights scored the final two goals of the frame off the sticks of Moore and Munroe to take a 2-1 lead after one. Matt Graham scored on the man advantage to give Saint Rose a 3-1 lead early in the second period before Pacitti’s first goal of the game cut the deficit to one. Cameron Fisher scored the final tally of the half to give the Golden Knights a 4-2 advantage headed into the break.

The third quarter was evenly matched as each team scored three times in the frame. Ben Warren struck first, but Mello and Moore scored back-to-back for Saint Rose to keep it a 6-3 game. Warren found Sweeney with the extra attacker to pull within 6-4, and Pacitti’s second of the game got the Hawks to within one at 6-5. Josh Frese ended the run with a goal to make it a 7-5 game headed into the final quarter.

Matt Graham put Saint Rose on top 8-5 with 11:06 remaining in the fourth period. Mark Vitello started the comeback with a man-up goal just over two minutes later, and Patrick Sweeney pulled the Hawks back to within one at 8-7 with only 2:38 left to play in regulation. After a penalty was called on the Golden Knights, Pacitti took advantage of the extra attacker, taking a feed from Warren and scoring with 2:12 to play to tie the game at 8-8.

Both teams had chances in the closing minutes, but DeAngelo stoned Matt Graham with 39 seconds remaining and Saint Anselm raced up the field and called timeout. Out of the break, Xavier Quinn (Rye, N.H.) had a chance to win it in the final seconds, but he was stopped by Liam Guiton as the game spilled into overtime.

The Hawks controlled play in the extra period possessing the ball for most of the period. After a shot from Ben Warren sailed high with 1:43 to play, Pacitti eventually took the ball and scored for Saint Anselm, give the Hawks the come-from-behind 9-8 victory.

Saint Anselm outshot Saint Rose at a 41-33 clip while committing only 21 turnovers to 25 for the Golden Knights. Saint Rose won 10-of-19 face-offs and also won the groundball battle, 36-34. Both teams were effective on clears as the Hawks went 20-of-23 and Saint Rose went 21-of-26.

The Hawks will try and make it five-straight wins on Tuesday afternoon when they take on Franklin Pierce University in a Northeast-10 Conference game scheduled for 4:00 p.m.



Bentley Tops Assumption in OT 10-9 to Improve to 2-0 in Northeast-10

WALTHAM, Mass. – Freshman Alex Astarita (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) scored 1:39 into overtime to give the Bentley men’s lacrosse team a 10-9 win over Assumption to improve to 2-0 in Northeast-10 play.

Astarita scored on a low shot as he was being hit, after each team turned the ball over once to start overtime. The goal was assisted by John Wheeler (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), his 3rd of the day.

Bentley led 6-5 heading into the 4th quarter after each team scored twice, but the 4th quarter saw the teams alternate the seven goals scored. Assumption got the last goal of regulation, scored by Dan Matisoff with 12 seconds left to tie the game at nine and to force overtime.

In the first half, Assumption jumped out to a 3-1 lead after a man-up goal by Aidan Murphy with 8:59 left in the 2nd quarter. But Bentley finished the quarter on a 3-0 run to lead 4-3 at halftime. The goals came from Wheeler, Matt Sanford (Stratham, N.H./Bow) and Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) in a man-up situation.

Now 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the NE-10, Bentley is back in action on Wednesday night at Southern New Hampshire.


St. Anselm Women’s lacrosse shuts down Franklin Pierce in second half in 14-11 win

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Caitlin Villareal and Erica Mattila combined for nine goals and the Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team locked down Franklin Pierce in a 14-11 victory on Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.

Villareal tallied five goals and one assist for her third game this season with at least five goals and Mattila scored four goals for the second time this year for Saint Anselm (3-2, 2-2 NE-10). The win improved the Hawks to 8-1 all-time at home against Franklin Pierce (4-2, 1-2 NE-10).

Mattila scored all four of her goals in a high-scoring first half that saw the two teams combine for 19 goals. Franklin Pierce led 5-3 after the first 10 minutes but Saint Anselm tied it at 5-5 on goals by Villareal and Michelle Kudlate.

The Ravens took a 7-5 advantage on back-to-back goals from Caitlin Sweeney and Nicole Dale only for the Hawks to rattle off four goals in 5:59 for a 9-7 lead. Saint Anselm led 10-9 at the break thanks to an Emma Palumbo goal with five seconds remaining in the half.

Franklin Pierce started the scoring in the second half through Nicole Beliveau at 26:44 but the Hawks held the visitors scoreless until the 8:08 mark. In the meantime, Saint Anselm scored four-straight goals, two from Villareal, one from Erin Marshall and one from Kudlate, to claim a 14-10 lead.

Marshall pitched in with two goals, one assist, six draw controls and two caused turnovers. Villareal recorded five draw controls and forced two turnovers. Kudlate added two goals, one assist and a ground ball, while Molly Beck handed out three assists.

Jane Bunn moved to 3-2 this season by picking up the win with a four-save performance. Saint Anselm limited Franklin Pierce to seven shots in the second half and outshot the Ravens 28-20 in the game.

Dale led the Ravens with four goals, Sweeney had three and Beliveau scored two. Briana Sweeney tallied one goal and set up two others. Denise Hunt made eight of her nine saves after the break in the loss.

Success on draw controls helped Saint Anselm’s second-half surge, as the Hawks won six of seven after halftime and held an 18-9 advantage in the game. Franklin Pierce picked up 13 ground balls to 11 for Saint Anselm.

The Hawks host Bentley in NE-10 play on Wednesday, March 30 at 4 p.m. at Grappone Stadium.



No. 1 Adelphi Stays Unbeaten with 13-6 Win over No. 17 Bentley Women

WALTHAM, Mass. – No. 1 ranked Adelphi improved to 6-0 on the season with a 13-6 win over 17th ranked Bentley on Saturday afternoon in a Northeast-10 matchup. A 6-0 run by the Panthers at the end of the 1st half and into the 2nd proved to be the difference.

The first 20 minutes of the first half were tight as both teams struggled with turnovers, yet saw Adelphi hold just a slim 3-1 lead. Senior Kelsey Howard (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) had the goal for Bentley on a free-position shot at the 11:23 mark, one of her two goals on the day. That got the Falcons on the board and cut their deficit to 2-1, but Adelphi countered less than a minute later with a goal by attacker Jackie Jahelka on a free-position shot, making the score 3-1.

The game was goalless for the next nine-plus minutes, until the Panthers had a three goal burst in the final 39 seconds of the half to lead 6-1 at halftime. Midfielder Rachel O’Brien had the first two goals just 18 seconds apart, before Jill Graziano scored with just three seconds remaining.

Jahelka then scored twice in the first two minutes of the 2nd half to give the Panthers an 8-1 lead. From that point though Bentley began to fight back, scoring four of the next seven goals. Meredith Hart (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) and Ciara Morley (Irvington, N.Y./Irvington) scored consecutive goals just 28 seconds apart, starting at the 27:35 mark.

After a 3-0 Adelphi run, Erin O’Connor (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and Howard scored back-to-back, which cut the deficit to 11-5 with 16:10 remaining. However, Bentley could only score once more, which came off the stick of O’Connor with 6:56 to play.

The Falcons now fall to 2-5 on the season. They’ll look to get back in the win column on Wednesday night when they visit Saint Anselm.