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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

Melaugh, Morgan on Merrimack’s Game-Winning Strike Against Bentley

Merrimack escaped Gillette Stadium with a last second goal by junior Greg Melaugh, which lifted the Warriors past Bentley University. (Photo Credit: Merrimack College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

FOXBOROUGH, MA – With less than one minute remaining in regulation, and the score tied, 11-11, Merrimack’s sophomore Brandon Waiter scooped up the biggest ground ball of Saturday’s contests in the Warriors zone, and then directed the ball to sophomore teammate Jimmy Holland.

Holland, who cradled the ball for a few strides, eventually found senior John Smyth on the far side of the Bentley zone, who then targeted junior Greg Melaugh.

Melaugh collected Holland’s pass, dodged through the Falcons zone, and rifled his second consecutive game-winning strike in four days over the right shoulder of sophomore netminder Brian Karl with 14 seconds remaining, which lifted Merrimack past Bentley, 12-11 at Gillette Stadium.

“[Greg] is a very good offensive player, [and] the game against St. A’s in overtime was big, and then today, you go out there and you get late in the game and it’s back and fourth, they take a lead, we tie it up, we take a lead, they tie it up, and then you need somebody to make a big play,” said Merrimack head coach Mike Morgan. “Next thing you know, Greg [came] sweeping across lefty, [and] just stung one top corner.”

Prior to Melaugh’s clincher, Merrimack called a timeout with 50 ticks remaining, and crafted a possible goal-scoring opportunity, which ended up working out quite well.

“We came out of a timeout [late in the fourth quarter], and we were happy to have [Brandon] on ball, he’s probably one of our better takeaway guys, if not our best, and him putting the ball on the ground is obviously the way we get the ball back,” exclaimed Morgan. “And then from there, ball on the ground, moves it to Holland, moves it to Smythe, who had a great clear, and then the rest is kind of just Greg, but yeah, it all started with Brandon.”

Melaugh, who ended the contest with five goals and one assist, was all smiles after the game, especially when he regaled how his game-winning strike came to be.

“John Smyth ended up carrying the ball over, and a couple games ago there was a time at the end of the game and I was like, ‘you’ve got to get me the ball when I’m open’ and he knew to give me the ball and he just gave me the flip, the [defense] played me too aggressive and I had space down the middle and I just took it,” Melaugh said of his game-winning strike.

“Last game, I scored in overtime, so it’s becoming sort of a trend,” added Melaugh.