Mass. College Lax: Diamond, Phelps Guide Bentley Past St. A’s, 9-6

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s lacrosse contest. Cutler Dimond and David Phelps each scored two goals, which helped the Falcons top the Hawks in Manchester:

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior attack Cutler Dimond (Marblehead, Mass./Tabor Academy) and freshman David Phelps (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) each scored two goals as the Bentley men’s lacrosse team defeated Northeast-10 rival Saint Anselm 9-6 Tuesday night in Manchester.

Phelps and Dimond, whose goal was in a man-up situation, each had a goal in the first quarter to help the Falcons jump out to a 2-0 lead.

Bentley took a 3-2 lead into halftime on the strength of a man-up goal by sophomore Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) in the second quarter.

The third period saw seven combined goals, with Bentley scoring four of them. Sophomore Jon Blaisdell (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) connected on a man-up goal to open the third quarter scoring just 22 seconds in. Freshman John Wheeler (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) and senior Nick Astarita (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) also found the back of the net during a 3-0 Bentley run to open up a 6-3 lead after less than four minutes.

Saint Anselm crept closer with three of the third quarter’s final four goals, cutting Bentley’s lead to 7-5 going into the final 15 minutes. But senior Mike Carter (Walpole, Mass./Thayer Academy) scored just 1:23 in to make it 8-5, and senior goalie Josh Baker (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) made four fourth quarter saves.

Baker made 15 saves on the night as Bentley improves to 2-1 in NE-10 play and 2-3 overall. The Hawks fall to 1-2 in the NE-10 and 2-4 overall. Bentley is back in action Saturday when they host Pace for a 3:00 pm start.

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