Mass. College Lax: Shand Leads No. 4 Merrimack Past Bentley, 14-3

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s lacrosse game against Merrimack College:

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Merrimack sophomore attack Jamie Shand scored four goals to lead the No. 4 Warriors to a 14-3 victory over the Bentley University men’s lacrosse team Tuesday night.

Merrimack, now 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the Northeast-10 on the season, also received multiple goals from senior Greg Melaugh and senior Corey Lunney. Senior Tim Matheson (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) had two goals for Bentley.

Merrimack raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter, before Bentley’s Steve Caditz (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) pulled one back with eight seconds left in the quarter.

The home side scored the only two goals of the second quarter to lead 6-1 at halftime, and the first two of the third quarter, before Matheson netted his first of the night to make the score 8-2. But Merrimack scored six straight before Matheson finished out the scoring with a man-up goal with 1:45 remaining in the fourth.

The Falcons, who drop to 2-6 overall and 2-5 in conference play, return to the field on Saturday at Assumption.

Mass. College Lax: Brigham Leads Bentley Past Saint Rose In 2OT

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s last night’s release from the men’s lacrosse game: 

WALTHAM, Mass. – Freshman Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) scored 2:23 into the second overtime to give the Bentley University men’s lacrosse team an 8-7 victory over Saint Rose in Northeast-10 play Saturday night.

The first ever meeting between the two programs went down to the wire with the Falcons emerging victorious to snap a four game losing streak. Sophomore Matt Dente (Reading, Mass./Reading) set the goal up, feeding Brigham a pass from the goal line to the left elbow. Brigham then beat Saint Rose goalie Nick Longo to the short side for the winning goal.

A high scoring first half, tied 5-5 at halftime, turned into a defensive struggle in the second half with only five goals combined.

Bentley trailed 7-6 in the fourth quarter, but tied it at the 5:54 mark on a goal by senior Tim Matheson (Reading, Mass./Reading). They also trailed 6-5 in the third quarter, but a man-up goal by Brigham at the 9:15 mark knotted things up.

The Falcons led 3-1 after the first quarter, but a 4-0 run by the Golden Knights put them in front 4-3 with four minutes gone in the second quarter. But Bentley scored two straight man up goals, from sophomore Doug Mahony (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) and Brigham, to take a 5-4 lead 5:26 before halftime.

Junior goalie Brian Karl (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) earned the win for Bentley, who improve to 2-5 on the season and 2-4 in the NE-10. Saint Rose drops to 2-8 and 2-4.

Bentley is back in action Tuesday night when they visit No. 4 Merrimack.

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

Falcon’s Lacrosse Soar Past St. Anselm’s, 10-5

By Dan Rubin

WALTHAM, MA – The ship has officially righted itself.

After opening up the season with back-to-back-to-back losses against some of the best teams in Division II, the Bentley Falcons men’s lacrosse team defeated the St. Anselm’s Hawks, 10-5, to even their record at [3-3].  The Falcons also improved to [3-1] in Northeast-10 Conference play, remaining a game out of a three-team log jam atop the standings.

Bentley jumped on board with two first quarter goals behind Dante Mancini and Matt Boilard.  Mancini’s came from 4:53 into the game on a great individual effort, capping a five-minute start that saw the Falcon offense set up shop and feel out the Hawk defense.

“We had to find our matchups,” said Bentley head coach Jim Murphy.  “Once we felt those out, we had to go with it.  We had to be deliberate so we could get the right matchups, but we had play quick to avoid the slides and switches (of the defense).  From that point, we have to make good decisions and get shots.”

Bentley padded their lead to as many as 4-0 halfway through the second quarter, before Jake Mallinson finally got the Hawks on the board.  Bentley rallied back to regain the four-goal lead, when Dan Keefer potted a score with 3:03 left before the break.  From there, the Falcons padded their lead behind three third quarter scores from Boilard, Mike MacDonald and Richard Travers.  MacDonald’s goal stood out as a great individual effort, as he caused a turnover in the Bentley end, cradled a groundball and streaked into the St. A’s box before unleashing a laser show by Hawk goalie Dan Flynn.  By the time the fourth started, Bentley held an 8-2 lead and had broken this one open.  Regardless, they had to play unsatisfied with that result.

“(Despite the lead), we still need to remember to play a full 60 minute game,” said Coach Murphy.  “St. Anselm’s is a good team, and they weren’t going to give up.  They were going to keep coming and coming at us, so we had to keep playing strong and not give up on our end to play hard to the finish.”

Indeed, the fourth quarter saw the Hawks outscore the Falcons 3-2, although the Bentley man-up got on the board behind Boilard.  Brendan Grant got into the scoring fray to round out the Falcon goals late, adding his team-high 12th of the season.

The win improved Bentley to .500 after they opened the season with losses to C.W. Post, New York Tech, and Adelphi.  The Adelphi loss stands out as the only conference defeat for the team this year, and all three losses came to teams currently ranked among the top 10 in the national Division II polls.  Bentley has two games left against Top-5 teams, including 2nd-ranked Le Moyne in conference play later in the year, and their next game against fifth-ranked Dowling.

“These games are great tests for our kids,” said Murphy.  “To be the best, you have to challenge the best.  These are very important games to get us ready for these tough conference games.  Dowling’s up next as one of the top ranked teams, and we’ve played three teams that are some of the best.  That will help our team get tougher for games like (Tuesday night’s against St. Anselm’s).  We know that these teams don’t quit.

“Even though they haven’t won a game, St. Anselm’s is a very tough team.  These are the types of games that we have to get ready for, and these are the 60 minute games we have to prepare for,” he continued.

Bentley’s back in action on Sunday, when they travel to Long Island to battle the Golden Lions of the East Coast Conference.  Their next home game is on Wednesday, April 13, when they take on the Southern New Hampshire Penmen.  The Falcons current record of [3-1] slots them even with Merrimack for a second-place tie, all behind undefeated Le Moyne, Adelphi, and Saint Michael’s.

Falcon's Lacrosse Soar Past St. Anselm's, 10-5

By Dan Rubin

WALTHAM, MA – The ship has officially righted itself.

After opening up the season with back-to-back-to-back losses against some of the best teams in Division II, the Bentley Falcons men’s lacrosse team defeated the St. Anselm’s Hawks, 10-5, to even their record at [3-3].  The Falcons also improved to [3-1] in Northeast-10 Conference play, remaining a game out of a three-team log jam atop the standings.

Bentley jumped on board with two first quarter goals behind Dante Mancini and Matt Boilard.  Mancini’s came from 4:53 into the game on a great individual effort, capping a five-minute start that saw the Falcon offense set up shop and feel out the Hawk defense.

“We had to find our matchups,” said Bentley head coach Jim Murphy.  “Once we felt those out, we had to go with it.  We had to be deliberate so we could get the right matchups, but we had play quick to avoid the slides and switches (of the defense).  From that point, we have to make good decisions and get shots.”

Bentley padded their lead to as many as 4-0 halfway through the second quarter, before Jake Mallinson finally got the Hawks on the board.  Bentley rallied back to regain the four-goal lead, when Dan Keefer potted a score with 3:03 left before the break.  From there, the Falcons padded their lead behind three third quarter scores from Boilard, Mike MacDonald and Richard Travers.  MacDonald’s goal stood out as a great individual effort, as he caused a turnover in the Bentley end, cradled a groundball and streaked into the St. A’s box before unleashing a laser show by Hawk goalie Dan Flynn.  By the time the fourth started, Bentley held an 8-2 lead and had broken this one open.  Regardless, they had to play unsatisfied with that result.

“(Despite the lead), we still need to remember to play a full 60 minute game,” said Coach Murphy.  “St. Anselm’s is a good team, and they weren’t going to give up.  They were going to keep coming and coming at us, so we had to keep playing strong and not give up on our end to play hard to the finish.”

Indeed, the fourth quarter saw the Hawks outscore the Falcons 3-2, although the Bentley man-up got on the board behind Boilard.  Brendan Grant got into the scoring fray to round out the Falcon goals late, adding his team-high 12th of the season.

The win improved Bentley to .500 after they opened the season with losses to C.W. Post, New York Tech, and Adelphi.  The Adelphi loss stands out as the only conference defeat for the team this year, and all three losses came to teams currently ranked among the top 10 in the national Division II polls.  Bentley has two games left against Top-5 teams, including 2nd-ranked Le Moyne in conference play later in the year, and their next game against fifth-ranked Dowling.

“These games are great tests for our kids,” said Murphy.  “To be the best, you have to challenge the best.  These are very important games to get us ready for these tough conference games.  Dowling’s up next as one of the top ranked teams, and we’ve played three teams that are some of the best.  That will help our team get tougher for games like (Tuesday night’s against St. Anselm’s).  We know that these teams don’t quit.

“Even though they haven’t won a game, St. Anselm’s is a very tough team.  These are the types of games that we have to get ready for, and these are the 60 minute games we have to prepare for,” he continued.

Bentley’s back in action on Sunday, when they travel to Long Island to battle the Golden Lions of the East Coast Conference.  Their next home game is on Wednesday, April 13, when they take on the Southern New Hampshire Penmen.  The Falcons current record of [3-1] slots them even with Merrimack for a second-place tie, all behind undefeated Le Moyne, Adelphi, and Saint Michael’s.