Division II Roundup 5/1

Bentley Finishes Season with Close Defeat to No. 4 Le Moyne, 12-8

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Bentley’s 2017 season came to a close on Saturday with a hard-fought defeat to a highly ranked team in No. 4 Le Moyne. The Dolphins won it 12-8 behind four goals from junior attacker Justin Kesselring.

Eight Bentley seniors played in their final game as the larger senior class of 2017 finished up as well. Among those, John Wheeler (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) had a hat trick, Eli Morrissey (Rowley, Mass./Governor’s Academy) had two goals and five ground balls, and Max Adler (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Northfield Mt. Hermon) went 14-24 in the face-off circle and had a game high nine ground balls.

Bentley was within 4-3 of Le Moyne at halftime, who has lost just twice this season. The Dolphins led 2-0 after the first quarter, but Bentley outscored them 3-2 in the 2nd quarter. Sam Hurley (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) had the first goal at 7:59, and Wheeler scored Bentley’s next two. His first goal, at 3:39, was assisted by senior Gerard Lacerte (Barrington, R.I./Barrington). Wheeler then scored a man-up goal with 1:19 left, assisted by Will Macaluso (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury).

Le Moyne though opened the 2nd half on a 6-0 run, which stretched into the 4th quarter. A goal by Morrissey at 9:13 of the 4th broke the run. Bentley then went on a 3-0 run. Matt Sanford (Stratham, N.H./Bow) had the first two goals, the first one was a man-up goal assisted by Hurley. Wheeler then completed his hat trick with a goal at 2:15. Morrissey netted the final goal of the afternoon at 1:47.

Senior defenders Will Kramer (Reading, Mass./Austin Prep), Connor Holbrook (Amherst, NH./Souhegan) and Pat Shine (Williamstown, Mass./Proctor) all started as usual, and midfielder David Phelps (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) played in his 52nd career game.

The Falcons finished the season at 6-7 overall, 5-6 in the NE10, but dropped three games by one goal, including to the NE10 regular season winners Adelphi, in overtime.


#1 Merrimack downs #14 Men’s Lacrosse on Senior Night

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The #14-ranked Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse team suffered a 20-6 setback to the top team in the nation, #1 Merrimack College, on Saturday night in Northeast-10 Conference action at Grappone Stadium in Manchester, N.H.

The Hawks (8-5, 7-4 NE10) earned their way into the NE10 postseason with a win last weekend, and have earned the #5-seed in the upcoming NE10 Tournament. They will travel to #4-seed Pace University for a 7 p.m. matchup on Tuesday night in Pleasantville, N.Y.

Merrimack (12-2, 9-2 NE10) has earned the #3-seed in the tournament and will host #6-seed Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. as well.

In a pregame ceremony, the men’s lacrosse program honored their eight seniors in Brennan Quackenbush, James Olsen, Alex Pacitti, Matt Johnson, Chris McCormack, Dylan Ryan, Mark Vitello and student-assistant coach Colin Swanson for their contributions to Saint Anselm College and its athletic department.

Vitello led the Saint Anselm attack with three goals on the night, while James Olsen added a goal and an assist. Ryan Hesseltine and Xavier Quinn added the other goals for the Hawks, while Alex Pacitti and Patrick Sweeney each added assists.

Defensively, Drew Bourdeau and Alex Pacitti registered four groundballs apiece, with Bourdeau, Sweeney, Olsen, Thomas Powell and Chris Tully each causing one turnover. Lucas DeAngelo suffered the setback, making nine saves while facing 26 shots in the game.

Merrimack had 15 different players register at least one point, led by three goals and an assist apiece from John Bassett and Charlie Bertrand. Max Allen added two goals and an assist, while Hunter Schmell and Seamus Ford had two goals apiece.

Edward Hellier improved to 11-2 overall while making 12 saves in the victory.

Vitello opened the scoring in the game off a feed from Pacitti to give the Hawks a 1-0 advantage with 13:24 to play in the opening quarter, but the Warriors answered with four-straight goals to take a 4-1 lead nearly six minutes later. Olsen ended the run with a tally to make it 4-2, but Bertrand scored with 3:07 remaining to stretch the Merrimack lead to 5-2.

Vitello scored again to begin the second quarter and trim the deficit to 5-3 before Bassett and Ford scored for Merrimack to push the lead back to 7-3. Vitello and Bassett traded scores down the stretch as the Warriors took an 8-4 advantage into halftime.

The third quarter was all Merrimack as they outscored the Hawks 8-1 in the frame to take a 16-5 lead. Xavier Quinn scored the goal for the Hawks off a feed from Patrick Sweeney.

Hesseltine opened the fourth quarter with a goal on an assist from Olsen, but the Warriors would score the final four goals of the game to pull away for the 20-6 win.

Merrimack held a 56-34 edge in shots in the game, while the Hawks grabbed 33 groundballs to 30 for the Warriors. Saint Anselm committed 18 turnovers to just 10 for the visitors, with the Hawks going 12-for-20 on clears compared to a 13-for-16 showing from the Warriors. Face-offs were fairly even with Merrimack winning 17-of-30 draws on the night.


Big 2nd Half Pushes No. 10 New Haven Past Bentley 18-11

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – No. 10 ranked New Haven had a big 2nd half scoring advantage, and turned a one goal game at halftime into an 18-11 victory over Bentley in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday afternoon.

The Falcons’ four game winning streak was snapped, and they end the regular season with an overall record of 8-8, and 7-6 in Northeast-10 games. They will be the No. 7 seed in the Northeast-10 Championship, and will play the No. 2 seed Adelphi in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Four first half goals by senior attacker Hannah Lindgren (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin), and two by senior Ellie Shuman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua North), had Bentley within 9-8 of the Chargers at halftime.

The Falcons led 6-3 just before the midway point of the first half on the back of a 3-0 run that saw a goal by sophomore MaryKate Staines (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus), her 12th of the season, come in between two goals by Lindgren. But after Lindgren’s unassisted goal at 16:42 gave Bentley the 6-3 lead, the Chargers responded with a 5-0 run that took about six minutes to take an 8-6 lead.

A goal by Falcons junior Kathleen Gillespie (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet) at 4:20 broke the run, and Lindgren added another unassisted goal at 1:51 to tie the game 8-8, before New Haven scored the final goal of the half to lead 9-8 at the break.

New Haven steadily built its lead over the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half with five goals, but Bentley stayed in it with three of its own, from senior Ciara Morley (Irvington, N.Y/Irvington), Lindgren and Shuman, which made it a 14-11 game with 14:05 remaining.

However, that was Bentley’s final goal of the afternoon. New Haven attacker Caitlin O’Brien scored two of her game high six goals over the final 9:18 to help the Chargers pull away.

Lindgren scored five goals in a game for the third game in a row, and finished the regular season with 40 goals overall. Shuman’s hat trick was her fourth game of the year with at least four goals.

Bentley and Adelphi will meet in the playoffs on Wednesday for the first time ever.


Women’s lacrosse falls at third-ranked Adelphi in season finale

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Breda Holland and Erica Mattila each scored for the Saint Anselm College women’s lacrosse team as the Hawks closed out their season with a 19-2 loss at No. 3 Adelphi on Saturday afternoon at Motamed Field.

Eight players recorded multi-point afternoons for Adelphi (15-1, 12-1 NE10), which used a 15-goal first half to surge to a big lead. Holland scored late in the first half and Mattila grabbed a goal with seven seconds remaining for Saint Anselm (6-11, 4-9 NE10).

The game was the final contest in the careers of seniors Liv Connly, Micayla Evans and Rachel Henderson. Connly finished her career with 87 ground balls, 60 caused turnovers (fourth-most in program history) and 27 draw controls, along with two goals and one assist, in 64 games. Evans recorded 50 ground balls, 36 caused turnovers, 11 draw controls and one assist in 62 games, while Henderson compiled 43 goals and 15 assists – 39 goals and six assists this season – in 39 career games.

Emma Palumbo had a team-high four ground balls for the Hawks, while four others grabbed one apiece. Becca Shea forced two turnovers defensively, while Meaghan Sheehy set up Holland’s first-half goal with an assist.

Kole Pollock registered a game-high six points on four goals and two assists to lead the way for the Panthers. Casey Zalewski and Kate Beier each notched three goals and one assist and Jacqueline Jahelka had two goals and one assist.

Adelphi scored the game’s first 13 goals before Holland got the Hawks on the board with 5:15 remaining in the opening half with her 12th goal of the season off Sheehy’s 20th helper of the year.

Mattila capped her second-straight 30-goal season with her 32nd tally of the year with seven seconds left in the second half to close the scoring.

Shots for the game were 29-5 in favor of Adelphi. Zoie Cavotta and Bailee Pudvar each played a half in net for the Hawks, combining for three saves. Hailey Peterson improved to 15-1 for the Panthers with two saves.

Saint Anselm finished 2017 with a 6-11 record with six of its 11 losses coming to ranked teams.