Mass. College Lax: Assumption Tops Bentley On Senior Day, 7-6

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the men’s lacrosse game:

Worcester, Mass. (April 13) — On Saturday afternoon, the Assumption College men’s lacrosse team held off a late Bentley University rally for a 7-6 victory over the Falcons on Senior Day at the Multi-Sport Stadium. The win is just the second Assumption win over the Falcons in the all-time series.

Prior to the game, seniors Casey Marren (Derby, Conn./Notre Dame), Connor MacNeil (Wayland, Mass./Wayland) and Pat Trainor (Webster, Mass./Saint John’s) were honored as part of the 2013 Senior Day ceremony.

Assumption jumped on top just 2:28 into the game as sophomore Ty Martina (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) tallied his ninth goal of the season, off an assist from MacNeil. Freshman Connor Munisteri (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) extended the lead out to 2-0 on his first goal of the season just 40 seconds later. The Falcons answered though with even-strength goals from Bobby Hinds and Tim Matheson to tie the game at 2-2 with four minutes left in the quarter. Sophomore Garrett Smith (East Syracuse, N.Y/East Syracuse Minoa) put the Hounds back in front 13 seconds later as he fired a shot from the left side for his 19th goal of the season. The score was set up by a faceoff win by freshman Nick Guarino (Avon, Conn./Avon) as he picked up the ground ball and fired the pass to a streaking Smith for the goal. Nick Astarita tied the game again on his sixth goal of the season to make it a 3-3 margin after one.

The second quarter was all Greyhounds as Assumption received goals from Martina, sophomore Peter Gersbeck (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) and Munisteri to outscore the Falcons by a 3-1 margin in the period for the 6-4 halftime lead.

Following a scoreless third quarter, Smith pushed Assumption ahead to its biggest lead of the game at 7-4 with 11:29 left in the game. Matt Dente cut the lead down to 7-5 with 8:08 left before Dan Keefer scored his first goal of the season to cut the edge down to just one with 50 seconds left. Assumption regained possession and called timeout with 16 seconds left before killing off the remaining seconds for the one-goal win.

Smith, Martina and Munisteri each posted two goals, along with two assists from junior Ian Mack (Avon, Conn./Avon). For Bentley, six different players found the back of the net, along with six separate players recording an assist.

Assumption was nearly perfect in clear attempts, clearing 18 of 19 attempts. Ground balls were even at 28 each, while Bentley held a 9-6 edge in faceoffs.

Sophomore goalie Will Contento (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) made nine saves in the win, while Jarrod Dillon turned aside eight shots in the loss.

With the win, the Hounds improve to 2-8 overall and 2-6 in Northeast-10 play, while the Falcons fall to 2-7 overall and 2-6 in the league.

Assumption is back in action on Wednesday, April 17th as the Hounds play host to Pace University for a 4 p.m. start at the Multi-Sport Stadium.

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.