Division II Roundup, March 27th

#19 St. Anselm Men’s Lacrosse pulls away late to down Saint Rose

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The #19-ranked Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse team outscored the College of Saint Rose 10-5 in the second half to pull away for a 16-12 victory over the Golden Knights on a snowy afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action in Manchester, N.H.

The Hawks have now won three-straight games to improve to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the NE10. Saint Rose falls to 1-5 and 0-2 in league games with the setback.

James Olsen led the Saint Anselm attack with four goals and three assists in the win. Anthony Busconi and Alex Pacitti added three goals and an assist apiece, while Dylan Ryan netted a pair of goals and added an assist. Patrick Sweeney chipped in a goal and an assist, while Matt Johnson, Thomas Powell and Ryan Hesseltine had a goal each.

Defensively, Brennan Quackenbush scooped up eight groundballs and caused six turnovers for the Hawks. Oliver Ouellet added a pair of caused turnovers and five groundballs, while Drew Bourdeau also had two caused turnovers.

Lucas DeAngelo improved to 3-1 overall while making 13 saves in the victory.

Saint Rose was led by four goals apiece from Matt Graham and Carter Badour. Jacob Testa netted two goals, while Jordyn Marciano had a goal and three assists.

It was a penalty-filled start to the game as each team were awarded extra-man opportunities in the opening three minutes of the game. Pacitti struck first for the Hawks to put the home team on top 1-0 in the first minute, but a two-minute penalty on Saint Anselm allowed the Golden Knights to score back-to-back man-up goals to give the visitors a 2-1 lead with 12:13 to play.

Olsen entered the scoring column at the 10:29 mark, and following a goal from Carter Badour, Patrick Sweeney scored the final goal of the opening quarter with 8:22 to play.

Ryan Hesseltine gave the Hawks a 4-3 lead with a goal in the first minute of the second quarter, but two-straight tallies from Matt Graham put Saint Rose back in front 5-4 with 8:48 remaining. The two teams would trade tallies over the final six minutes as Saint Rose took a 7-6 lead into the half.

Saint Anselm took advantage of a couple of Saint Rose penalties to open the third quarter as Anthony Busconi and Pacitti each scored on the man advantage to put Saint Anselm back on top 8-7. The Golden Knights tied the game at 8-8 on a goal from Testa, but three-straight goals from the Hawks – including Thomas Powell’s first career goal and two more tallies from Busconi – gave Saint Anselm an 11-8 lead they would not relinquish.

The Golden Knights would get as close as a two goal deficit, including a Testa goal at the 7:45 mark of the fourth quarter to make it a 13-11 game, but three-straight goals by the Hawks sealed the victory as Ryan, Pacitti and Olsen each found the back of the net to put the Hawks in front 16-11. Carter Badour would score in the final minute for Saint Rose to give the game its final score, 16-12.

Saint Anselm held a 50-37 advantage in shots in the game while also grabbing a 38-31 edge in groundballs. The Hawks committed only 16 turnovers compared to 27 for the visitors, while going 18-for-22 on clears compared to a 15-for-18 showing for the Golden Knights. Saint Rose did win 19-of-30 face-offs led by a 9-for-11 showing from Lucas Frese.

The Hawks are back in action on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to Franklin Pierce University for a 3:30 p.m. meeting with the Ravens in Rindge, N.H.


Bentley Wins Third Straight Game, 9-4 Over Assumption

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Bentley men’s lacrosse team booked its third straight win on Saturday, as they knocked off Northeast-10 rival Assumption 9-4 on Saturday afternoon.

Senior attacker John Wheeler (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) led the offense with three goals and one assist. Senior Max Adler (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Northfield Mt/ Hermon) won 13-16 face-offs and scooped up seven ground balls, and reigning NE10 Goalie of Week Ben Bath (Kennebunkport, Maine/Kennebunk) made eight saves.

Bentley dominated the first half, and blanked the Greyhound through the first 30 minutes to lead 7-0 at halftime. Assumption finally got on the scoreboard 2:41 into the 3rd quarter, and scored again at the 7:16 mark to make it a 7-2 game But Bentley goals from senior David Phelps (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) and freshman Matt Brooks (Brunswick, Maine/Phillips Exeter) gave the Falcons a comfortable 9-3 lead going into the 4th quarter.

Wheeler got Bentley off to a good start with the game’s first goal 2:20 into the opening quarter, and just 40 seconds later Joe DiRaimo (Huntington, N.Y./John Glenn) found the back of the net to put them up 2-0.  Wheeler’s 2nd goal of the quarter, with 2:51 remaining, saw the Falcons lead 3-0 going into the 2nd quarter.

Sophomore Alex Astarita (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) put Bentley up 4-0 with a goal at the 8:03 mark of the 2nd quarter. Following a period of about four minutes without a goal, Bentley then struck three times in a minute and a half. Wheeler, sophomore Sam Hurley (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) and junior Matt Sanford (Stratham, N.H./Bow) had the goals.

With the win, Bentley improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in NE10 games. They will go for their 4th straight victory on Tuesday night against Southern New Hampshire for the team’s home opener.


Sheehy’s seven points help women’s lacrosse edge Franklin Pierce

RINDGE, N.H. – Meaghan Sheehy led the way with four goals and three assists as the Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team topped Franklin Pierce 11-10 in a snowy Northeast-10 Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon at Sodexo Field.

Saint Anselm (4-4, 2-2 NE10) and Franklin Pierce (2-3, 0-3 NE10) split a 16-goal first half evenly, before the scoring slowed down in the second. Sheehy scored a pair of goals in the first 8:03 of the second half and the Hawks held the Ravens to just two goals after the break to pick up the victory.

Sheehy’s seven-point performance was her second-highest point total of the season, as she scored at least four goals for the fifth time in eight games this year. Erica Mattila scored a season-high three goals for the Hawks, while Rachel Henderson added two. Emma Palumbo and Marta Versprille also tallied goals for Saint Anselm.

Versprille also grabbed four draw controls for the Hawks, while Lauren Lockard had three. Liv Connly recorded three ground balls, with Zoie Cavotta and Lockard each picking up two. Cavotta made five stops in net to even her record at 4-4 this season.

Caitlin Sweeney scored four goals, Julia Miller had three and Anna Wilbert tallied two for Franklin Pierce. Briana Sweeney recorded three assists and had a game-high five draw controls. Denise Hunt took the loss despite nine saves for the Ravens.

Both offenses started out on top as the teams combined for five goals in the first 10 minutes of the game. Caitlin Sweeney had a pair of unassisted goals for Franklin Pierce, while Henderson, Sheehy and Versprille scored on free-position shots for the Hawks in the early stages.

After the Ravens took a 4-3 lead midway through the opening half, Saint Anselm scored four of the next five goals to go ahead 7-5 with 7:39 to go before the break, with Sheehy recording a goal and two assists during the run. Franklin Pierce responded with a 3-1 run to close the half to make it an 8-8 game at halftime.

Early in the second half, Sheehy put Saint Anselm ahead but Wilbert replied 47 seconds later to tie it back up. The Hawks got goals from Mattila and Sheehy 31 seconds apart to claim an 11-9 lead with 21:57 remaining. Neither team scored for the next 20-plus minutes until Caitlin Sweeney’s free-position shot with 1:01 left made it a one-goal game.

After the goal, the Ravens won the draw control but, after Megan Schaeffer fired wide, Taylor Patterson forced a turnover and picked up the ground ball with seven seconds left to help the Hawks hang on.

Saint Anselm travels to No. 19 Bentley for a 6 p.m. start on Wednesday, March 29.


No. 1 Adelphi Stays Unbeaten with Victory over No. 19 Bentley

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – No. 1 ranked Adelphi improved to 6-0 with a 15-0 victory over No. 19 ranked Bentley University in a Northeast-10 women’s lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon.

The top ranked team in Division II Panthers, who advanced to the NCAA championship game last season, were led offensively by senior attacker Jacqueline Jahelka, who had five goals on the afternoon. Freshman attacker Kole Pollack added three goals, which included the final two goals of the first half.

For Bentley, senior Ellie Shuman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua North) led the team with two shots on goal, while junior Erin Woods (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra) led the team in ground balls with two.

Bentley (1-5, 0-3 NE-10) has now played six straight top-15 teams to begin the season, three of which have been ranked in the top seven. They’ll look to get back on track on Wednesday, when they play their first home game of the season against Saint Anselm.