Mass. College Lax: Brown Nets 100th Goal, No. 20 Bentley Soars Past Assumption


Bentley University’s Jackie Brown and Kathleen Gillespie combined for nine goals, which helped the 20th ranked Falcons soar past Assumption College on Tuesday afternoon.

Brown – a senior at Bentley – recorded her 100th goal in a Blue and Gold uniform during the first half when the Falcons were on a 4-0 run that provided the hosts with an 8-5 lead at the break.

Courtesy of the Bentley Sports Information Office, here is this afternoon’s release:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) and freshman Kathleen Gillespie (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet) combined for nine goals as the 20th ranked Bentley women’s lacrosse team defeated Assumption 19-10 on Tuesday afternoon. Brown netted her 100th career goal in the first half.

Bentley led from start to finish. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead after eight minutes, and led by as much as six goals, 8-2, in the first half. The team’s biggest lead of 10 goals, at 19-9, came after Brown netted her fifth goal of the afternoon with 2:16 left in the game.

Brown needed four goals to reach 100 for her career, and she accomplished it in the first half. She scored the opening goal 2:59 into the contest. After Assumption’s Camille Auger scored two straight to cut into Bentley’s 4-0 lead, Brown scored three of the next four goals as part of a 4-0 Bentley run. Her goal with 6:35 left in the half to give them an 8-2 lead was number 100.

Assumption scored the final three goals of the half to make it an 8-5 game at halftime, and they scored three of the first four goals of the second half to get to within 10-8 with 19:40 remaining.

But the Falcons took over from that point, going on runs of 4-0 and 9-1 to pull away. Gillespie and sophomore Hannah Lindgren (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin) each had two goals during the extended run, but five others also scored.

In addition to her four goals, Gillespie came down with 10 draw controls.

With the win, Bentley improves to 5-4 overall and 4-3 in NE-10 play. Assumption drops to 7-3 and 3-3.

The Falcons are back in action on Saturday when they host Southern Connecticut.

Mass. College Lax: Shuman, Brown Lead Bentley Past Franklin Pierce


Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the women’s lacrosse game against Franklin Pierce:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) and freshman Ellie Shuman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua North) each had five goals as Bentley University rolled to a 20-5 win over Franklin Pierce in a Northeast-10 women’s lacrosse game Saturday afternoon.

Both Brown and Shuman established career-highs for goals as Bentley won for the third straight time and fifth time in the last six games. The run has moved the team’s Northeast-10 record to 6-4 and 7-7 overall with two games in the regular season remaining.

Bentley scored the first two goals of the game from Brown and sophomore Erin O’Connor (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) to take a 2-0 lead after three-plus minutes. Franklin Pierce though responded by going on a 3-0 run that gave them its only lead of the afternoon. Junior Madeline Shopshire had two of the goals for the Ravens.

However, Shopshire’s goal at the 18:24 mark was the last goal Franklin Pierce scored for almost 43 minutes as Bentley scored 16 goals in a row, including 10 in a row over the rest of the first half.

Shuman had a run where she scored three of four goals and four of six, helping Bentley take a 9-3 lead with 7:05 left in the first half. Brown had three of her goals in the first half and the Falcons led 12-3 at halftime.

The Falcons scored six more in a row in the second half, featuring a man-up goal by Brown and goals by sophomores Tori Cerny (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) and Caitlin White (Irondequoit, N.Y./West Irondequoit). White’s goal with 7:07 to play made the score 18-3 and was the first of three goals she scored the rest of the way.

Nine different players in all had goals for Bentley.

With another win chalked up, the Falcons will go for four straight when they visit Merrimack on Tuesday night for a 7:00 pm game.

Mass. College Lax: Brown, Bastien Leads Bentley Past So. N.H., 12-9


Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the women’s lacrosse contest today against Southern New Hampshire:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) had a hat trick and graduate student Taylor Bastien (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) notched five more assists to help the Bentley women’s lacrosse team to a 12-9 win over Southern New Hampshire on Wednesday night.

The win is the second straight and fourth in five games for the Falcons, who improve their Northeast-10 record to 5-4 and overall record to 6-7. The Penmen fall to 2-7 in NE-10 play and 4-10 overall.

After Southern’s Alexa Allen scored the game’s opening goal 2:20 in, Bentley never trailed again after senior Carolyn Kynoch (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) tied it up 51 seconds later. But Southern did keep it close until Bentley pulled away over the final 10 minutes.

The Falcons took a 7-4 lead into halftime and pushed their lead to 8-4 after Brown’s third of the game just 21 seconds into the second half. But a 3-0 run by the Penmen that took over 12 minutes brought them to within 8-7 after freshman Taylor Graf scored at the 12:40 mark.

But Bentley responded with a decisive 4-0 run. Sophomore Tori Cerny (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) got it started, scoring with 10:05 to play. Goals also came from sophomores Kelsey Howard (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) and Erin O’Connor (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and Bastien during the run. The last goal of the run by Bastien came with 5:45 to play and gave Bentley a 12-7 lead.

Bastien had four of her five assists in the first half, including assists on three of Bentley’s first four goals. She now has 34 on the season.

The Falcons will go for their third straight win on Saturday when they host Franklin Pierce for a 12:00 pm start.

Mass. College Lax: Brown Leads Bentley Past AIC, 17-5


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

WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior attack Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) had a seven-point day in leading the Bentley women’s lacrosse team to a 17-5 victory over American International in Northeast-10 play Wednesday afternoon.

Brown had four goals and three assists for a career-high seven points. Senior midfielder Carolyn Knyoch (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) and Taylor Bastien (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) each had two goals and two assists. While Hannah Lindgren (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin)Erin O’Connor (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and Amy Ernst (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) all had two goals.

AIC’s Brittany Flynn opened the scoring 2:43 into the contest to give the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 lead, but Bentley responded by scoring seven unanswered over the next 20 minutes of game time. Brown had three goals during the run and Kynoch had two.

The Yellow Jackets got to within 7-2 on a goal by freshman Jessica Lawler at the 7:03 mark. But Bentley closed the half with goals from O’Connor, freshman Ellie Shuman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua North) and Lindgren to lead 10-2 at halftime.

Bentley continued to pile it on in the second half, building a lead as large as 13 goals at 17-4 after a strike by Ernst with 6:15 left in the game.

With the win, the Falcons improve to 2-3 in NE-10 play and 3-6 overall. They’ll take the field again on Saturday afternoon when they visit Southern Connecticut. Game time is 12:00.

Mass. College Lax: Kynoch, Brown Guide Bentley Past St. Michael’s In OT


Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the women’s lacrosse contest against St. Michael’s. The Falcons received some help from seniors Carolyn Kynoch and Jackie Brown, which propelled Bentley past the Purple Knights in overtime:

COLCHESTER, Vt. – Goals by seniors Carolyn Kynoch (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) and Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) in overtime lifted Bentley to a 10-9 victory over Saint Michael’s in Northeast-10 women’s lacrosse action Tuesday afternoon.

With Bentley trailing 8-7 late in regulation, Taylor Bastien (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) found the back of the net with just 10 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

The Falcons fell behind 9-8, 1:23 into the six minute OT on a goal by Saint Michael’s Crystal King. But Kynoch tied the score at the 2:38 mark with a free-position goal, her third goal of the afternoon. SMC won the ensuing draw control, but Brown forced a turnover and scored with 2:03 left, with Bastien getting the assist, to give Bentley a 10-9 lead.

Bentley hung on the rest of the way for the win, despite Saint Michael’s Steph Bonewald hitting the post with a shot on their last possession. The Falcons improve to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the NE-10 with the victory.

Bastien had a monster game for the Falcons with three goals and five assists.

After a goal by Saint Michael’s Shannon Murphy just over a minute into the second half gave the hosts a 5-4 lead, the rest of the half was made up of 3-0 runs by both teams.

Bentley’s run took just over 10 minutes, starting with a goal from Bastien at the 26:35 mark. Kynoch gave Bentley a 6-5 lead just over a minute later. The next goal wasn’t scored for nearly nine minutes, but it was Brown giving the Falcons a 7-5 lead with 16:02 remaining.

Bentley held that two-goal lead for almost nine minutes, but the Purple Knights erased it with two goals in a span of 46 seconds. Goals for Saint Michael’s came from freshman Ali Gosselin at 9:35 and junior Kate Boyer at 8:49 to tie the game 7-7. SMC then went ahead 8-7 on another goal by Boyer with 4:41 remaining.

The Purple Knights looked like they were going to hang on for the win as the clock continued to tick away. However Bastien rescued Bentley, scoring with just 10 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

The Falcons will look to even their NE-10 record at 2-2 when they play their home-opener against New Haven on Saturday at 12:00 pm.