Division II Roundup, 3/11

No. 18 Bentley Women Win 4th Straight, 11-10 at Assumption

WORCESTER, Mass. – A late defensive stand and a last second save by goalie Lauren Ochs (Rochester, N.Y./Irondequoit) lifted 18th ranked Bentley to an 11-10 victory at Assumption on Saturday afternoon, the team’s 4th straight win.

Bentley trailed 10-9 late in the game after a lengthy 6-0 run by the Greyhounds saw them take the lead with 13:30 remaining after a goal by attacker Sarah Reilly. However, Bentley’s Nikki Christopulos (Andover, Mass./Andover) scored the tying goal at the 9:17 mark. Junior Hannah Lindgren (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin) then netted what when down as the winning goal at the 5:30 mark, her 4th of the day to make it 11-10.

The Falcons though went down a player with 1:07 remaining after a yellow card. After a Falcons timeout, Assumption had possession, but didn’t get a shot off until the final seconds that went wide. After regaining possession, a shot by Reilly was saved by Ochs and Bentley secured the win.

Bentley led 4-3 at halftime as senior Erin O’Connor (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) had two first half goals. They then went on a 4-0 run to start the 2nd half to take an 8-3 lead. Lindgren had two goals during the run, and Meredith Hart (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) and Kathleen Gillespie (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet) also had goals.

With the win, the Falcons improve to 6-5 overall and 4-3 in NE-10 play. They’re back on the field on Wednesday night to host rival Stonehill.


Comeback Comes Up a Goal Short for St. Anselm Women’s Lacrosse Against Pace

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team staged a late fightback but came up one goal short in a 13-12 loss to Pace University on Saturday evening at Grappone Stadium.

Pace (6-4, 3-4 NE-10) led 13-9 with 10:17 remaining before Saint Anselm (4-5, 3-5 NE-10) scored three-straight goals in 2:36 to get within a goal with 7:41 to play. The Hawks had a few chances to tie the game but the Setters ran out the clock after Allisa Silvestri made a save on Meaghan Sheehy with 2:21 to go.

Erin Marshall registered three goals and two assists for Saint Anselm in the setback. Caitlin Villareal and Erica Mattila each added hat tricks, Molly Beck scored twice and Michelle Kudlate found the back of the net once. Villareal’s three goals put her in a tie with Michaela Rocha for fourth in program history with 203 points.

Jane Bunn stopped 13-of-26 shots she faced and also grabbed four ground balls. Marta Versprille picked up three ground balls and had four draw controls for the Hawks.

Casey Gelderman scored a game-high five goals for Pace, while Courtney Pabst and Abby Hamison each tallied three goals and an assist. Pabst also snagged four ground balls and five draw controls. Makayla McDermott handed out four assists for the Setters. Alissa Silvestri earned the win by making 13 saves on 25 shots.

Saint Anselm grabbed its only lead of the night, 2-1, at the 25:23 mark of the first half after goals by Marshall and Kudlate. Pace responded with the next three goals, two by Hamison, to take a 4-2 lead.

After a Marshall goal made it 4-3, Gelderman scored a pair of goals in a three-goal run by the Setters to give the visitors a 7-3 advantage. Two goals by Villareal brought the Hawks back within two before Emily Ankabrandt scored with 22 seconds left in the half to give Pace an 8-5 halftime edge.

Goals from Villareal and Mattila early in the second half brought the Hawks within a goal at 8-7. Pace came back with the next two goals, only for Beck and Marshall to cut the Setters’ lead back to one at 10-9 with 19:24 to play.

From there, Gelderman, Pabst and Angela Kelly each scored to match the Setters’ biggest lead of the night at 13-9 prior to the late Saint Anselm rally.

Saint Anselm outshot Pace 16-9 in the second half to hold a 32-29 edge in the game. The Hawks also won 11-of-13 draw controls after the break after the Setters won 10-of-14 in the first half. Saint Anselm won the ground ball battle 16-8, while Pace committed 10 turnovers to 12 for the Hawks.

Saint Anselm travels to Merrimack on Wednesday, April 13 for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Warriors.


Levy, Deren Score Three Goals as Eagles Fall to Chestnut Hill 22-8 on Senior Day

Post Visits Holy Family on Wednesday

WATERBURY, Conn. – The Post University women’s lacrosse team was defeated by Chestnut Hill 22-8 on Saturday afternoon at LaMoy Field. Senior Jasana Levy (Meriden, Conn.) and sophomore Toni Deren each scored three times on the day.

Levy intercepted a pass by Griffins’ goalkeeper Katie Joe Lang midway through the first half and scored the Eagles’ first goal of the game as Post trailed 12-1. Chestnut Hill answered with two more before Levy tallied another goal. Sophomore Savannah Schwack (Manorville, N.Y.) and Deren each added free-position goal to make the score 14-4 at the break.

Post scored four of the first five goals to begin the second half. Deren struck first with another score on a free-position shot. Levy added her third of the day with 17:50 left as the Eagles cut the deficit to 15-6. Chestnut Hill scored minutes later before Deren and sophomore Sam Rodriguez (Wayne, N.J.) each beat the Griffins’ keeper.

The Eagles scored on five of their six free-position shots. Sophomore Dominique Woods (Hartford, Conn.) picked up three ground balls and had three caused turnovers to lead Post. Deren grabbed four ground balls and two draw controls.

Post returns to action Wednesday afternoon at Holy Family. Opening draw is set for 4 p.m.


St. Anselm Men’s Lacrosse downed by #2 Le Moyne

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse team fell to #2 Le Moyne College, 18-3, on Saturday morning in Northeast-10 Conference action at Grappone Stadium in Manchester, N.H.

Ben Warren (Georgetown, Mass.), Matt Johnson (Watertown, Mass.), and Mark Vitello (Weymouth, Mass.) registered the goals for the Hawks, who dropped to 5-3 overall and 3-3 in the NE-10. Lucas DeAngelo (Byfield, Mass.) made six saves in goal for Saint Anselm.

Jake Stokes (Beverly, Mass.) and Chris McCormack (Ipswich, Mass.) led the defense with four groundballs apiece, and five other players registered at least two groundballs. James O’Neill (East Walpole, Mass.) also saw time in the cage and stopped a pair of shots while playing the final 6:48.

Le Moyne (11-0, 7-0 NE-10) had 14 players register at least one point led by seven goals from Jack Vajda. Brian Rogers added five tallies, while Mike Jenkins had a four point day with a goal and three assists. Alex Krawec improved to 11-0 this season while making 19 saves and allowing only three goals.

The Dolphins held a 42-35 edge in shots in the game while scooping up 35 groundballs to 27 for the Hawks. Face-offs were fairly even as Le Moyne won 13-of-24 draws, with Saint Anselm committing only 13 turnovers to 17 for the visitors.

Le Moyne scored the only three goals of the first quarter as Jack Vajda, Nick Kline, and Brian Rogers all found the back of the net in the first 15 minutes of play. Rogers opened the second quarter with another tally before Mike Jenkins extended the lead to 5-0 with 12:18 remaining in the half.

The Hawks finally got on the board at the 11 minute mark as Mark Vitello weaved his way through the Le Moyne defense and fired a rocket that found the back of the net and made it a 5-1 game. Off the ensuing face-off, Saint Anselm took possession and worked the ball in front of the net. The ball eventually popped loose and Matt Johnson was there to grab the groundball and flick it into the back of the net to cut the deficit to only 5-2.

Vajda’s second tally of the game made right before halftime made it a 6-2 game headed into the break.

The third quarter was controlled by Le Moyne as they outscored the Hawks 6-1 in the period. Warren scored what would prove to be the final goal of the game for Saint Anselm in the closing minute of the third quarter as he took a pass from behind off the stick of James Olsen (Westford, Vt.) and went low to make it a 12-3 game.

Le Moyne tacked on six more goals in the fourth quarter to give the game its final score of 18-3.

Saint Anselm returns to action on Tuesday night when they host Saint Michael’s College in a Northeast-10 Conference showdown scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Grappone Stadium.


Post Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Georgian Court 14-9 In Home Finale

Treat Tallies Six Points on Senior Day

WATERBURY, Conn. – Behind three goals each from senior Colby Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.), junior Trevor Buchas (Bristol, Conn.), and freshman Patrick Egan (Colchester, Conn.) the Post University men’s lacrosse team defeated Georgian Court 14-9 on Saturday afternoon at LaMoy Field. The Eagles are now 5-6 on the year with three games remaining.

Freshman Matthew Mazza (West Seneca, N.Y.) forced a turnover to stop a clear attempt by the Lions early in the game. Post made Georgian Court pay for the mistake as Treat beat the keeper for his first goal of the game.

The Lions tied the score, but the Eagles answered quickly with an extra-man goal by Buchas and led 2-1. Post extended its lead with 6:31 left in the first as Egan grabbed a rebound after a shot by junior Alsharif Blackman (Easton, Pa.) and netted a goal. Blackman hit junior Luke McDermott (New Milford, Conn.) late in the quarter and the Eagles held a 4-1 lead through one.

Georgian Court cut its deficit to just one with three straight tallies to begin the second. Junior Paul Hylan (Clinton, Conn.) and Treat but the Eagles lead back up to 7-4 with 8:13 left until halftime. The Lions once again pulled within one before Buchas netted his second goal late in the half to give Post an 8-6 lead at the break.

The Eagles outscored Georgian Court 6-3 in the second half to put the game away. Sophomore Frank Nichols Jr. (Oceanside, Calif.) scored twice down the stretch for Post.

Sophomore Kevin Keiser (Danbury, Conn.) was stellar defensively with three caused turnovers and eight ground balls to lead the Eagles. Treat and Mazza grabbed seven ground balls and a caused turnover each.

Senior Rob Rohan (East Islip, N.Y.) closed out his career at LaMoy strong with 22 saves between the pipes.

Post takes a break before its next game on Wednesday, April 20 at Saint Thomas Aquinas. Face-off is set for 3 p.m.