Division II Roundup, April 24th

Olsen scores in 2OT to lead #17 Men’s Lacrosse past #20 Bentley

WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior James Olsen scored the game-winning goal with 2:53 to play in double-overtime to lead the #17-ranked Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse team to a thrilling 14-13 victory over #20 Bentley University on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action.

The Hawks improve to 8-4 overall and 7-3 in the NE10 and have now won four-straight games headed into the regular season finale next Saturday against #3 Merrimack College at 7 p.m. at Grappone Stadium. Bentley drops to 5-6 and 4-5 overall with the setback.

Mark Vitello led the Saint Anselm offense with four goals, while James Olsen had two goals and two assists for a four-point day. Dylan Ryan added two goals and an assist, while Teo Olsen and Patrick Sweeney each scored twice. Anthony Busconi and Xavier Quinn added a goal and an assist apiece.

Defensively, Lucas DeAngelo had another strong game between the pipes for Saint Anselm, stopping 12 shots in the game. Brennan Quackenbush caused three turnovers and had five groundballs, while Derrick LaBranche scooped up a team-best seven groundballs on the day.

The Falcons were led by five goals from John Wheeler, with David Phelps adding two scores and Alex Astarita recording a pair of goals to go with an assist. Robert Hamerman suffered the setback in goal while stopping 14 shots in the loss.

Bentley scored the first two goals of the game as Joe DiRaimo and John Wheeler both found the back of the net to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead with 7:17 to play in the first quarter. Mark Vitello got one back for the Hawks, but Bentley scored twice in the final 1:15 of the frame to take a 4-1 lead into the second stanza.

After the Falcons scored with 9:51 to play in the half to make it a 5-1 advantage, the Hawks answered with three-straight tallies off the sticks of James Olsen, Dylan Ryan and Xavier Quinn to make it a 5-4 game with 5:42 remaining. Bentley ended the run with a goal by Chris Wiggins, but Dylan Ryan scored with 1:36 to play in the second quarter to make it a 6-5 deficit at the half.

The Hawks dominated the third quarter as they outscored Bentley 6-2 in the frame to hold an 11-8 lead headed into the final period. Patrick Sweeney and Mark Vitello each scored twice in the frame, with Teo Olsen and Anthony Busconi also adding tallies.

Vitello extended the lead to 12-8 only 34 seconds into the fourth quarter, but this time Bentley had the huge run in them as they scored four times over a two minute span to tie the game at 12-12 with 9:02 to play. Teo Olsen scored again for the Hawks at the 8:48 mark to put Saint Anselm back on top, 13-12.

Both defenses turned up the intensity over the next eight-plus minutes as neither team would produce a goal until the final minute of the quarter. With less than a minute to play, John Wheeler was able to work free for Bentley and tuck a shot just inside the far post to knot the game at 13-13 and send the game into overtime.

Bentley won the opening face-off of the overtime, but Patrick Sweeney was able to intercept a pass from Robert Hamerman. Sweeney came down field, beating the last defender, and burying a shot top shelf, but the official called off the goal for Sweeney having his foot in the crease.

The Falcons had an empty possession, and Saint Anselm was able to get a clear and call a timeout to draw up a play.

Out of the stoppage, the two teams traded turnovers before the Hawks regained possession with less than a minute to play. Saint Anselm made one final push at goal, but a give-and-go play was swatted down by Bentley as time ran out on the first overtime.

The Hawks won the face-off to start the second overtime and it eventually led to a shot for Anthony Busconi that went wide. Bentley was awarded the possession, but turned the ball over leading to a fast break for Saint Anselm. Sweeney forced the turnover and then came down the left side after a pass from Brennan Quackenbush and dropped a pass off to James Olsen.

Olsen had his first attempt saved by Hamerman, but the rebound popped right back to him and he buried a low shot to give the Hawks the thrilling 14-13 double-overtime victory.

Bentley held a 48-44 edge in shots in the game, while Saint Anselm won the groundball-battle, 38-33. The Hawks also committed only 14 turnovers to 18 for the home team, but the Falcons controlled the face-offs in the game, winning 18-of-31 draws. Both teams were effective on clears as the Hawks went 22-for-25 while Bentley was 17-of-20.


Rally falls juts short for St. Anselm women’s lacrosse on Senior Day

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team cut a four-goal deficit inside the final 15 minutes to just one with 3:19 left, but fell one goal short to No. 10-ranked University of New Haven in a 12-11 setback on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon at Grappone Stadium.

New Haven (11-3, 9-3 NE10) scored the first six goals of the second half to take a 12-8 lead with 13:05 remaining before Saint Anselm (6-9, 4-7 NE10) tallied the next three to get within one. With the Chargers attempting to run down the clock, Marta Versprille forced a turnover to give the Hawks possession, but Erica Rinsky made a save on a Rachel Henderson free-position shot with 10 seconds remaining to preserve the win for the Chargers.

Before the game, Henderson and fellow seniors Liv Connly and Micayla Evans were honored on the field for their efforts over the last four years. On Senior Day, Henderson led the Hawks with four goals, while Connly paced the defense with four caused turnovers and three ground balls.

Meaghan Sheehy registered a team-high five points on three goals and two assists, Erica Mattila had two goals and Versprille added a goal and an assist for the Hawks. Versprille and Sheehy also added three ground balls apiece. Mattila grabbed a team-high four draw controls, while Emma Palumbo had three as well as a goal.

Kendall Cietek recorded four goals and three assists for New Haven. Nicole Belanger and Caitlin O’Brien each tallied two goals and one assist and Samanatha Galler and Jessica Mazliah each scored twice. O’Brien snagged seven draw controls for the Chargers.

Zoie Cavotta fell to 5-9 on the year despite making 10 saves for Saint Anselm. Erica Rinsky also stopped 10 shots for New Haven to improve her mark to 3-1.

Sheehy opened the scoring for the Hawks after 1:44 but New Haven responded with three-straight goals to go up by two. Trailing 3-1, Saint Anselm rattled off five-straight goals, two each from Sheehy and Henderson, to take a three-goal lead. After New Haven netted three in a row to tie it at six, Henderson scored the final two goals of the opening half, including a free-position shot with eight seconds to go, to give the Hawks an 8-6 halftime edge.

In the second half, New Haven held Saint Anselm scoreless for the first 18:19 as the visitors scored six-straight goals to go ahead 12-8. Cietek and Belanger combined for five of the six goals during the run for the Chargers.

Versprille started the late rally for the Hawks, catching a Sheehy pass in traffic in front and scoring with 11:41 to go. A little over two minutes later, Versprille found Palumbo to cut the deficit to two with 9:38 on the clock. Mattila made it a one-goal game with 3:19 left with an unassisted goal but her goal was the final tally of the game as the Chargers survived in the late stages.

Saint Anselm outshot New Haven 31-26 in the game, thanks to a 22-13 edge in the opening half. The Hawks held a 15-10 advantage in ground balls, while New Haven won 14 draw controls, compared to 11 for Saint Anselm.

The Hawks wrap up the regular season with two road games next week, beginning with a 7 p.m. start at Assumption on Wednesday, April 26.


Lindgren’s Five Goals Help Bentley Top Merrimack, 11-8

WALTHAM, Mass. – Attacker Hannah Lindgren (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin) netted five goals to help the Bentley women’s lacrosse team to an 11-8 Senior Day victory over Northeast-10 rival Merrimack on Saturday.

The win improved Bentley’s NE10 record to 6-5, and solidified their conference playoff hopes with two games to go.

Four of Lindgren’s five goals came unanswered in the first half over a span of 17-plus minutes. She scored the first two goals less than minutes apart, which started at the 17:13 mark, to give Bentley a 3-2 lead.

11 minutes then passed without either team scoring. But Lindgren helped Bentley score the next two goals, at 3:00 and 40 seconds, to give them a 5-2 lead at halftime.

The teams traded goals over the opening 15 minutes of the 2nd half, which saw Bentley lead 8-6. The Falcons though scored two straight, from Lindgren in a man-up situation at 13:30, followed senior Ellie Shuman’s (Nashua, N.H./Nashua North) goal at 8:50 to give them a 10-6 lead.

Junior Kathleen Gillespie (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet) scored Bentley’s final goal with 32 seconds left.

Senior goalie Lauren Ochs (Rochester, N.Y./Irondequoit) made eight saves to earn the victory.

Prior to the game, Ochs, Lindgren, Shuman, Tori Rotermund (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand), Taylor Lunden (Agawam, Mass./Agawam) and Ciara Morley (Irvington, N.Y./Irvington), who had two goals, were honored prior to the game on Senior Day.

Bentley’s next game is now on Wednesday at home against Saint Michael’s.