Mass. College Lax: Springfield’s Second Half Surge Lifts Pride Past ECSU

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Springfield College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the women’s lacrosse game against Eastern Connecticut State University. The Pride used a second half surge to run past Warriors in their season opener. Here’s the recap:

Springfield, Mass. – February 28, 2013 – The Springfield College women’s lacrosse team scored seven unanswered goals in the second half to defeat visiting Eastern Connecticut State, 13-8, on Stagg Field Thursday evening.

It was the season opener for both teams, as the Pride improved to 1-0 and the Warriors dropped to 0-1.

Michelle Dorsey took over the game in the second half, and finished the contest with four points on three goals and a helper to go along with six draw controls. Kelly Gallo added three goals and an assists, while Kerstin Lindrooth added three goals and three draw controls and three caused turnovers. In goal, Anne Versprille made eight saves for the win.

For the Warriors, Daniela Marchitto led the way with four goals and five ground balls. Christina Rully had a goal and an assist, while Rachel Meotti was credited with a team-best four draw controls. Haley Helsin took the loss, making seven saves in the contest.

The Pride held a 30-20 advantage in shots and won 14 of the 23 draw controls.

Springfield jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 3:30 on unassisted strikes from Gallo and Lindrooth. ECSU responded with Marchitto’s first of the year, as she bullied through the Springfield defense before netting a man-down strike at the 20:36 mark.

The Pride strung together two unanswered goals, both from Allie Davis, to gain a three-goal cushion with 16:50 to play. Alexa Foldy slipped in a shot after getting free from behind the cage, only to have Gallo stick a free-position goal with 12:45 on the clock.

Consecutive free-position goals from Marchitto and Taylor Shannon made it one-goal contest with 7:35 left in regulation, but Lindrooth tacked on a free-position goal that found the top left corer as the Pride headed into the half with a 6-4 lead.

The visitors stormed out of the half to even the game at six on goals from Marchitto and Rully with 18:39 left in regulation. After head coach Kristen Mullady called a timeout, Dorsey took control, scoring consecutive strikes, before adding an assist to give the Pride a 9-6 lead at the 15:53 mark.

Lindrooth found the back of the cage for the third time just 25 seconds later as the Pride eventually strung together seven unanswered to take a commanding 13-6. The Warriors tacked on the final two goals of the game to wrap up the five-goal margin for the Pride.

Mass. College Lax: Bentley Commences 2013 Against No. 6 NYIT

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the men’s lacrosse team, which will commence their 2013 season on Saturday against New York Tech at 1:00 p.m.:

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Bentley University men’s lacrosse team will get its 2013 season underway on Saturday when they host No. 6 New York Tech at 1:00 pm. The Falcons were picked fifth in the Northeast-10 preseason poll.

Led by head coach Jim Murphy, now in his 21st season, the men’s lacrosse team is coming off a season where they qualified for the NE-10 playoffs for the fifth straight year and 11th time in 12 years.

Part of making it back to the postseason will require making up for the loss of the top-three scorers from 2012, as J.D. Ayer (22-5-27), Brendan Grant (20-6-26) and Richard Travers (11-11-22) all graduated. Senior midfielder Steve Caditz (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island), who was named to the preseason All-New England team, is the top returning scorer after netting 15 goals last year. Junior Nick Astarita (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) is the next leading returning scorer after contributing six goals in 2012.

A number of underclassmen then will have opportunities to step into bigger roles on the offensive end. Among them are junior Jordan Reals (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua Academy), and sophomores Matt Dente (Reading, Mass./Reading) and Bobby Hinds (West Hartford, Conn./Conard).

Defensively things are a bit more settled heading into the season. Returning are defenseman Billy Sweeney (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), named to the preseason All-New England team, Riley Merritt (Weston, Mass./Brewster Academy) and 2012 NE-10 All-Rookie choice Telemachus Demoulas (Lowell, Mass./Middlesex School), alongside long stick midfielders Matt Lopes (Webster, Mass./St. Peter Marian) and Tim Cobb (Hingham, Mass./Thayer Academy).

In goal, junior Brian Karl (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) and senior Josh Baker (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), who both saw action last year, return.

On the schedule Bentley will be challenged early with two teams ranked by the USILA. New York Tech comes into Saturday’s game at No. 6, and the second team on the schedule, LIU Post, is No. 9. The always difficult NE-10 will present its own set of challenges with four teams, Le Moyne, Merrimack, Adelphi and St. Michael’s currently

Mass. College Lax: D3 Conference Previews (LINKS)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Division III men’s and women’s lacrosse seasons commence this weekend and below are links to their preseason polls.

Men’s Lacrosse

* Little East Conference — UMass Dartmouth was picked to finish third behind Eastern Connecticut State and Keene State, while UMass Boston is expected to finish sixth and Salem State is projected to finish eighth.

* New England Collegiate Conference — The first official season of NECC men’s lacrosse commenced last weekend, but most teams will see action either this weekend or next week. Regis College was picked to earn the top spot at the end of season, while Becker College was picked second.

Women’s Lacrosse 

* Commonwealth Coast Conference — The Endicott College Gulls were tabbed to finish the season in first place, while Gordon College was picked to conclude their campaign in third place.

* Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference — Bridgewater State received six first place votes, along with 48 points in the conference’s preseason poll, as the Bears are projected to win the conference. Westfield State earned one first place vote and picked to conclude their campaign in second.

* New England Collegiate Conference  — Similar to the men’s division, Regis College was selected to win the women’s division. The Pride earned five first place votes, while Becker College was selected to finish second and received one first place vote.

Mass. College Hoops: Lasell’s Bertanza Named To GNAC All-Conference First Team

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Boston Globe reported earlier today that Lasell College senior Sean Bertanza, who passed away expectantly on December 20 at his home in Seymour, Connecticut, was named to the GNAC’s (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) All-Conference First Team.

Aaron Galletta, Lasell College’s men’s basketball coach, was quoted on the college’s press release saying, “I think it’s a high deserved honor. It shows how much respect the coaches in our league had for Sean and how special a player he was throughout his career.”

Through the first nine games of the Lacers past season, Bertanza averaged 20.6 points per game. In conference play he averaged 28.7 points.

For more information on Bertanza and this particular honor – HOP HERE.

For more information on the Lasell College men’s basketball team – HOP HERE

Mass. College Sports: Thursday Morning Check-In

Joel Smith's game-high 29 points helped Northeastern clinch the CAA regular season title on Wednesday! (Photo Credit: Boston Herald/Christopher Evans)

Joel Smith’s game-high 29 points helped Northeastern clinch the CAA regular season title on Wednesday! (Photo Credit: Boston Herald/Christopher Evans)

By Matt Noonan 

So we missed Wednesday’s “mid-week” check-in. We apologize, but to make up for our absence, here it is a day later.

* The Northeastern University men’s basketball team won the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title last night by defeating Georgia State in overtime, 90-84. Joel Smith netted a game-best 29 points, while the Huskies set a conference record by going a perfect 27 of 27 at the stripe.

* Tuesday night featured one of the greatest comebacks in Division III hockey as UMass Dartmouth rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat Salem State in triple overtime, 5-4. Nate Dupere, who hails from Fall River, wristed a shot from inside the blue line during the third extra session at 1:55, which lifted the hosts to victory. According to the box score, Dupere’s strike happened to be his first of the season.

* UMass’ men’s lacrosse team will be looking to earn its 18th consecutive regular season victory on Saturday when they host Brown University. The Minutemen have fended off Army, Harvard and North Carolina this season and haven’t dropped a contest to the Bears since March 14, 2009.

* The 11th annual Hockey East women’s tournament begins tomorrow as Maine travels to Boston College for a 7:00 p.m. face-off. Boston University and Northeastern University each earned spots and will play their games on Saturday. The winners from the four quarterfinal matchups will advance to next weekend’s semifinals and finals, which will be held at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Rink, Hyannis Youth and Community Center in Hyannis.

* First-year coach Bill Decker will lead Harvard’s baseball team into action this weekend when the Crimson travel to Virginia this weekend to play two contests against Bucknell University and a pair against Virginia.