Division II Roundup, 3/31

No. 18 Bentley Women Run Past Saint Anselm 14-7

MANCHESTER, N.H. – 18th ranked Bentley picked up a 14-7 road win over Northeast-10 rival Saint Anselm on Wednesday afternoon as senior Erin O’Connor (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) led the offense with four goals.

Bentley outscored the Hawks 8-3 in the first half and had a 4-0 run in the 2nd half as part of the victory, their first in a Northeast-10 game this season. Meredith Hart (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) and Hannah Lindgren (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin) each had hat tricks to support the offensive effort, while goalie Lauren Ochs (Rochester, N.Y./Irondequoit) made 11 saves.

Bentley jumped out to a 3-1 lead after 13-plus minutes as Hart scored two of her three goals to get the team started. The damage though was done late in the half. With Bentley holding a 5-3 lead with under six minutes remaining after two straight Saint Anselm goals, the Falcons scored the final three goals of the half. Kathleen Gillespie (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet), O’Connor and Taylor Lunden (Agawam, Mass./Agawam) had the goals.

O’Connor started the 2nd half with a goal as Bentley led 9-3. The closest the Hawks would get in the 2nd half was 10-5 with 17:24 remaining, but after that goal by the home team’s Erica Mattila, Bentley ran off four unanswered goals to put the game away. O’Connor, Kelsey Howard (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), Lindgren and Hart had the goals during the run as Bentley led 14-5 with under five minutes to go.

With the win, the Falcons improve to 3-5 on the season overall and 1-3 in NE-10 games, while Saint Anselm drops to 3-3 overall and 2-3 in conference.


Rodriguez Scores Seven Goals In Eagles’ 20-15 Loss to Nyack

Levy scores first-career goal in defeat


WATERBURY, Conn. – Sophomore Sam Rodriguez (Wayne, N.J.) struck for seven goals but the Post University women’s lacrosse team was defeated by Nyack 20-15 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) game on Wednesday afternoon at LaMoy Field.

An illegal stick caused the Eagles to begin the game a player down, but Post was unaffected as sophomore Toni Deren (Greenlawn, N.Y.) converted on a free-position shot to take a 1-0 lead in the first minute. Deren caused a turnover on the Warriors’ next possession and Rodriguez quickly scored.

Nyack got on the board with 25:41 left in the first half, but the Eagles quickly answered with goals by Deren and Rodriguez to extend their lead to 4-1. The Warriors closed the gap to 4-3 before Rodriguez added another. Senior Jasana Levy (Meriden, Conn.) scored her first-career goal midway through the half to put Post in front 6-3.

The Warriors answered with six straight goals as they grabbed a 10-6 lead. Deren added two more tallies to cut the deficit to one before Nyack scored late and led 11-9 at the half.

Rodriguez opened the second half with a free-position score to narrow the Warriors’ lead. Sophomore Savannah Schwack (Manorville, N.Y.) knotted the game 11-11 under a minute later. A turnover by Nyack led a goal by Deren as Post grabbed a 12-12 advantage with 21:55 left.

Nyack jumped back in front 14-13, but Rodriguez struck again to tie the game at 14-14 with 12:25 remaining. The Warriors took over from there as they outscored Post 6-1 down the stretch to pull away.

The seven goals scored by Rodriguez are the second-highest ever scored in a single game for Post.

The Eagles narrowly outshot 37-33 and we able to force Nyack to commit 30 turnovers. Post held a 35-27 advantage in ground balls, led by Rodriguez with eight. Junior Tyra Jones (Rochester, N.Y.) had five ground balls and five caused turnovers. Freshman goalkeeper Monica Kochurin (Manassas, Va.) made 13 saves and picked up six ground balls.

Post returns to action on Saturday afternoon at home against Philadelphia. Game time is set for 12 p.m.


Bentley Rallies Late But Falls in OT at SNHU 13-12

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Bentley erased a five goal deficit in the 4th quarter at Southern New Hampshire Wednesday night to force overtime, but the Penmen scored the winning goal in the extra session to come away with a dramatic 13-12 victory in a Northeast-10 matchup.

The Falcons were looking at a 12-7 deficit with 12:56 left in the final quarter after a man-up goal by Southern’s Daniel Trainor. But Bentley reeled off five unanswered goals, four of them coming in man-up situations, to force overtime for the second straight game. Freshman Alex Astarita (Bedford, N.H/Bishop Guertin) scored the tying goal with just seven seconds left for Bentley, but Southern’s Cameron Joyce won it for the hosts 33 seconds into overtime.

Sophomore Joe DiRaimo (Huntington, N.Y./John Glenn) got the run started with an unassisted man-up goal at the 11:37 mark. Just over five minutes later, DiRaimo struck again in a man-up situation, this time assisted by Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey), which cut the deficit to 12-9 with 6:17 to play.

About four minutes ticked off the clock with Bentley still trailing by three, until they scored three times in the final 2:29 to force OT. Brigham scored man-up with DiRaimo assisting, followed by an even strength goal by freshman Sam Hurley (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) with 1:50 to play to make it a 12-11 game.

Bentley’s Max Adler (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./NMH) then won the ensuing face-off, and after a shot by Brigham went wide, Southern was whistled for a one-minute slashing penalty with 55 seconds remaining. After a shot by John Wheeler (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) went wide, Bentley regained possession and called timeout to set up the final play, which resulted in Astarita’s goal with 7 seconds remaining, with Wheeler getting the assist.

In overtime, Southern won the opening face-off and called timeout, after which saw Joyce score the winning goal on the second shot of OT.

The defeat snaps Bentley’s three game winning streak and drops its records to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the NE-10. They’re back in action Saturday at Saint Michael’s.


Post Men’s Lacrosse Falls At #16 LIU Post 19-5

Nichols Jr. scores twice in defeat

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – The Post University men’s lacrosse team was defeated by #16 LIU Post 19-5 on Wednesday afternoon at Bethpage Stadium in Brookville, N.Y. Sophomore Frank Nichols Jr. (Oceanside, Calif.) scored twice in the loss.

Down 3-0 midway through the first quarter, freshman Matthew Palmieri (Waldwick, N.J.) forced a turnover to give the Eagles possession. Junior Luke McDermott (New Milford, Conn.) put Post on the board with his 10th goal of the season.

The Pioneers built a 5-1 lead with 4:11 left in the opening frame. Junior Alsharif Blackman (Easton, Pa.) won the ensuing faceoff and quickly scored to for the Eagles. Post would not score again in the first half and trailed 14-2 at the half.

McDermott found Nichols Jr. with 5:30 left in the third quarter for his first goal of the game. Junior Trevor Buchas (Bristol, Conn.) added his team-leading 21st goal of the year midway through the fourth. Nichols Jr. added another score in the final minutes.

LIU Post held a 49-31 advantage in shots. Buchas had eight shots for the Eagles. Palmieri led Post with three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

The Eagles return to LaMoy Field on Saturday, April 2 against #14 Molloy. Face off is set for 3 p.m.