Division II Roundup, March 20th

Bentley Runs Past Franklin Pierce 13-5 in Northeast-10 Opener

Box Score

RINDGE, N.H. – The Bentley men’s lacrosse team opened its Northeast-10 slate with a 13-5 road victory over Franklin Pierce on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Alex Astarita (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) led the offensive effort with three goals and two assists.

Three other players had two goals for the Falcons, who have won their 2nd straight game; junior Matt Sanford (Stratham, N.H./Bow), sophomore Sam Hurley (Medfield, Mass./Medfield), and freshman Nigel Reiff (Medfield, Mass./Medfield).

Senior Max Adler (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Northfield Mt. Hermon) dominated in the face-off circle to give Bentley possession with 19 of 21 wins, and 15 ground balls.

A big 1st half helped propel the Falcons, where they outscored the Ravens 10-2. They opened the 1st quarter with three goals inside the opening seven minutes. The goals came from Chris Wiggins (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough), John Wheeler (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) and Matt Brooks (Brunswick, Maine/Phillips Exeter).

Sanford scored a man-up goal at the 5:43 mark, and Hurley found the back of the net with seven seconds remaining as Bentley led 5-1 at the end of the 1st quarter.

Bentley closed the 2nd quarter strong, as they scored four goals in the final 4:40, to lead 10-2. David Phelps (Bedford, N.H./Bedford), Hurley, Reiff and a man-up goal by Sanford were the goals.

Astarita struck for two goals in the 3rd quarter to give Bentley a 12-2 lead going into the final 15 minutes.

In goal, junior Ben Bath (Kennebunkport, Maine/Kennebunk) made nine saves to earn the win.

Now 2-1 on the season and 1-0 in the NE10, Bentley will be back in action on Saturday at Assumption.


No. 3 Le Moyne Holds off No. 18 Bentley’s 2nd Half Rally

Box Score

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 3 ranked Le Moyne held off a 2nd half rally by No. 18 ranked Bentley in a 12-6 win over the Falcons in the first Northeast-10 game of the season for both squads.

The Falcons, who played their 4th straight top-15 team to begin the season, outscored the Dolphins 4-3 in the 2nd half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 9-2 halftime deficit.

Le Moyne opened the 2nd half with a goal from midfielder Nicole Delaney, but Bentley then held them scoreless for the next 16 minutes as they climbed back in the game.

A goal by senior Ciara Morley (Irvington, N.Y./Irvington) at the 22:19 mark started a 4-0 run, where three of the goals came in less than three minutes. Sophomore MaryKate Staines (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) had the next goal, followed by a goal from senior Hannah Lindgren (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin). About five minutes later, Morley scored Bentley’s fourth goal in a row, to cut its deficit to 10-6 with 14:27 remaining.

However, Le Moyne kept the Falcons off the scoreboard the rest of the way, as they were able to close the game out to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Bentley’s goals in the 1st half came from senior Ellie Shuman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua North) and junior Kathleen Gillespie (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet).

The Falcons (1-3, 0-1) are back on the road on Tuesday night when they visit Pace.


Balanced Attack, Defense Lead St. Anselm Women’s Lacrosse Past AIC

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team topped American International College 10-7 in its home opener behind goals from seven different players in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.

Box Score

Saint Anselm (3-3, 1-1 NE10) grabbed the lead with two goals in the final minute of the opening half and never trailed in the second to defeat American International (1-3, 0-2 NE10) for the 17th time in the last 18 meetings.

Breda Holland and Rachel Henderson each recorded two goals and one assist to lead the Hawks offensively, while Erica Mattila also scored twice. Emma Palumbo, Madison Shea, Marta Versprille and Meaghan Sheehy accounted for the other four goals for Saint Anselm.

Defensively, Liv Connly and Versprille each caused four turnovers on the afternoon. Mattila grabbed a game-high five draw controls and Lauren Lockard added four. Henderson led the Hawks with four ground balls. Zoie Cavotta evened her record at 3-3 with a six-save afternoon.

Riley Brennan netted a hat trick for American International and Stefanie Dufresne tallied two goals and one assist. Mikayla Demanche and Allison Roy grabbed three ground balls apiece for the Yellow Jackets, with Dufresne recording three draw controls. Alexis Torosian took the loss despite making 10 saves.

Holland scored the first goal of the game after 3:50 but the Yellow Jackets took a 2-1 lead on consecutive goals from Brennan and Mary Bates 2:39 apart in the early stages. After Holland’s opening goal, American International held Saint Anselm scoreless until Sheehy and Mattila scored in the final 48 seconds of the opening half to give the Hawks a 3-2 halftime edge.

At the start of the second half, the Hawks stretched their lead to three, 5-2, after goals from Shea and Versprille. The Yellow Jackets replied with two-straight goals to cut the deficit back to one with 21:18 remaining. The two teams again traded pairs of goals, leaving Saint Anselm ahead 7-6 with 9:11 left. Goals from Palumbo and Henderson 35 seconds apart helped the Hawks go back ahead by three with 6:44 remaining and the hosts were able to work down the clock late to see out the win.

Saint Anselm used a 13-6 advantage in draw controls to outshoot American International 29-18 in the game. The Hawks also picked up 20 ground balls, compared to 17 for the Yellow Jackets, and were a perfect 16-for-16 on clears.

Saint Anselm is back in action at Grappone Stadium on Tuesday, March 21 when Southern New Hampshire University comes across town for a 7 p.m. start.