Mass. College Lax: Bentley Places Four On NEILA All-New England Team

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s today’s release about four members of the Falcons’ men’s lacrosse team that were selected to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Division III All-New England Team:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Four players from the Bentley men’s lacrosse team were selected to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Division II All-New England team, it was announced Tuesday.

The four Falcons, who were all selected to the second team, are junior attack Cutler Dimond (Marblehead, Mass./Tabor Academy), junior defensive midfielder T.A. Demoulas (Lowell, Mass./Middlesex School), senior defenseman Billy Sweeney (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) and senior goalie Josh Baker (Randolph, N.J./Randolph).

The quartet helped lead Bentley to a 7-4 record in the highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference and a first round playoff win over Southern New Hampshire.

Dimond, in his first season in a Bentley uniform, led the squad in both goals (25) and points (35) and was tied for second in assists (10). He was previously named second team All-Northeast-10 after the regular season.

Demoulas started 14 games and led the team in ground balls (58), which was 11th in the NE-10. He also caused 15 turnovers on the season, which was good for second on the team.

Sweeney’s All-New England recognition is in addition to the second team All-Northeast-10 honor he received for his play this season. He started all 15 games and led the team in caused turnovers (19). Sweeney helped Bentley post the third lowest team goals against average in the NE-10 (8.20), and he was also named to the NEILA’s Division II All-Academic team.

Baker had a stellar season for the Falcons and was voted the Northeast-10 Goalkeeper of the Year and was also named first team All-Conference. He started all 15 games and went 8-7, while posting the NE-10’s fourth best GAA (8.26) and fifth best save percentage (.578).

Mass. College Lax: NEILA Announces 2014 All-New England Teams

By NoontimeSports.com

The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) released its All New England Team for Division 1, 2 and 3 this afternoon, and below are the coaches and players that were honored for either yearly awards or were selected to the First or Second Teams.

Division 1 – Yearend Awards:

Coach of the Year: Chris Wojcik (Harvard)

Rookie of the Year: Nick Mariano (Massachusetts)

Division 1 First Team:

Devin Dwyer (Harvard)

Peter Schwartz (Harvard)

Ryan Izzo (Massachusetts)

Brian Fischer (Harvard)

Stephen Jahelka (Harvard)

Bobby Duvnjak (Harvard)

Division 1 Second Team:

Nick Mariano (Massachusetts)

Connor Mooney (Massachusetts)

 

Division 2 – Yearend Awards:

Player of the Year: Jimmy Holland (Merrimack)

Rookie of the Year: Tucker Schwarz (Merrimack)

Division 2 First Team:

Garrett Smith (Assumption)

Paul Jones (Merrimack)

Mike Perdie (Merrimack)

Nick Guarino (Assumption)

Connor Whittemore(Merrimack)

Jimmy Holland (Merrimack)

Division 2 Second Team:

Cutler Dimond (Bentley)

Ian Mack (Assumption)

T.A. Demoulos (Bentley)

Billy Sweeney (Bentley)

Josh Gagnon (AIC)

Josh Baker (Bentley)

 

Division 3 – Yearend Awards:

Player of the Year: Cole Bailey (Tufts)

Coach of the Year: Sean Quirk (Endicott)

Rookie of the Year: Colin Bannon (Endicott)

Division 3 First Team:

Cole Bailey (Tufts)

Quinn Moroney (Amherst)

Beau Wood (Tufts)

John Uppgren (Tufts)

Harrison Cotter (Endicott)

Aaron Mathias (Amherst)

Bryce Serriello (Springfield College)

Conor Helfrich (Tufts)

Stephen Upton (Williams)

Ryan Cassidy (Amherst)

Matt Giannelli (Springfield)

Cameron Bell (Endicott)

Division 3 Second Team:

Devin Acton (Amherst)

Ryon Lynch (Springfield)

Colin Bannon (Endicott)

Sean Lawton (Western New England)

Brandan Fernandez (Springfield College)

Peter Erickson (Endicott)

Nicky Donovan (Western New England)

Ryan Hamilton (Williams)

Breck Merritt (Endicott)

Jack Liacos (Western New England)

Mass. College Lax: Recapping Friday’s Semifinal Contests

By NoontimeSports.com 

It was a busy afternoon and evening on Friday in the lacrosse world, and below are outcomes and highlights from each contest.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Harvard 10, Yale 9: For the second time this season, the Crimson defeated their archrival by one tally. Ian Ardrey and Peter Schwartz, who combined for seven points on six strikes and one helper, each netted back-to-back fourth quarter goals to secure a semifinal victory.

Harvard will play in its second Ivy League Championship in four seasons on Sunday when they host Penn at 12 p.m. The Quakers defeated the Crimson earlier this season by one marker in overtime. Penn earned a spot in Sunday’s tilt with an 11-10 win over Cornell.

Merrimack 11, Le Moyne 10: The Warriors scored two goals during the final 2:16, including the game-winner by Tucker Schwarz with six seconds remaining that helped Merrimack defeat the Dolphins in the Northeast-10 Conference semifinals. Schwarz finished with three points on two tallies and one assist. Tim Towler and Kyle Guilbert each recorded hat tricks, while Dom Madonna turned away 14 of 24 shots.

The Warriors will face-off against Adelphi on Sunday in the championship; face-off is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Adelphi 13, Bentley 8: The Panthers, who led 4-3 at the break, scored five third quarter goals that helped them go onto defeat the Falcons in the NE-10 semifinals. Cutler Dimond and Bobby Hinds each recorded four points on three goals and one assist and Josh Baker recorded 14 stops.

Eastern Conn. State 9, UMass Dartmouth 7: The Warriors scored four goals during the final 10:29 as they overcome a two-goal deficit to defeat the Corsairs in the Little East Conference semifinals. UMD’s Jordan MacPherson recorded four points on three goals and one assist and Adam Niden registered a hat trick. Nick Thayer, the Corsairs’ goaltender, finished with nine saves.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Penn 10, Harvard 9 (2OT): Megan Hennessey and Chelsey Newman each netted one goal during the final four minutes of regulation, which tied the game at 8-8 and forced an extra session. Harvard went ahead, 9-8, thanks to a strike by Kyleigh Keating, which was set up by Marisa Romeo, but the Quakers responded with two more goals, one in each overtime period to secure an Ivy League semifinal victory. Romeo finished the contest with four points on two tallies and two helpers, while Audrey Todd registered a hat trick.

UMass 16, Duquesne 3: The Minutewomen punched its ticket to its seventh consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference Championship by defeating the Dukes in the semifinals. UMass led 5-1 halfway through the opening stanza and never looked back. Tanner Guarino netted four goals on six shots, while Sam Rush, Katie Ferris and Melissa Carelli combined for seven strikes and two helpers.

The Minutewomen, who improve to 17-1 overall, will face Richmond on Sunday in the finals at 1 p.m. UMass edged the Spiders earlier this season by one goal.

Mass. College Lax: Bentley To Host So. N. H. In NE-10 First Round

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Bentley University men’s lacrosse team will host Southern New Hampshire tomorrow evening in the first round of the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament. And courtesy of the Bentley sports information department, here’s this evening’s release, a preview of the game:

WALTHAM, Mass. – The 2014 Northeast-10 Men’s Lacrosse Championship gets underway on Tuesday night, and the fourth-seeded Bentley Falcons will host fifth-seeded Southern New Hampshire at 7:00 pm.

The Falcons enter the postseason with records of 7-6 overall and 7-4 in the Northeast-10, and the Penmen sport marks of 7-7 and 6-5. Bentley is making its 12 appearance in the Northeast-10 playoffs in the last 14 seasons, and 16th time under head coach Jim Murphy.

The only previous postseason meeting between the two programs came in 2009, with Bentley winning a first round matchup 13-5. The Penmen won the regular season meeting this year, 8-7 on April 16. In that one, Southern attacker Cameron Joyce broke a 7-7 tie with 5:03 remaining for the winning goal.

Bentley enters the postseason with one of the stingiest defenses in Division II. They allow just 7.33 goals per game, which is seventh overall and second in the NE-10. A big part of that has been the work of goalie Josh Baker (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), whose .594 save percentage is fourth in the NE-10 and 7.98 goals against average is fifth. Also instrumental has been the play of, among others, Billy Sweeney (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City)Connor Raffety (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) and T.A. Demoulas (Lowell, Mass./Middlesex School).

Offensively, attackers Cutler Dimond (Marblehead, Mass./Tabor Academy) and Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) lead the team in goals with 21 and 17, respectively. Freshmen David Phelps (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) and John Wheeler (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) added to the attack with 15 and 10 goals each. Wheeler also boasts a team-high 10 assists.

Southern counters with two of the NE-10’s leading goal scorers in junior Jeremy Buckley and Joyce. Buckley ranks eighth in the conference with 33 goals, and Joyce is 12th with 27. Senior Rob Murray is the team’s top distributor with 18 assists.

In goal, senior Morgan Weireter has started all 14 games and sports a .583 save percentage with an 11.02 GAA.

The other first round game on Tuesday pits third-seeded Merrimack against sixth-seeded Saint Anselm. The top two seeds, Adelphi and Le Moyne, received byes to Friday’s semifinals. The Bentley/SNHU winner will head to Long Island to play Adelphi, and the Merrimack/Saint Anselm winner heads to Syracuse to take on Le Moyne. The championship game is Sunday afternoon.

Mass. College Lax: Bentley’s Baker Named NE-10 Goalie Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about Josh Baker, who was named the Northeast-10’s Goalie of the Week:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior goalie Josh Baker (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) of the Bentley men’s lacrosse team has been named the Northeast-10’s Goalie of the Week, the conference announced Monday. It’s the second time this season he’s earned the award.

Baker excelled in between the pipes in two games last week as the Falcons split. He made a career-high 16 saves against So. New Hampshire on Wednesday night, a game in which Bentley was beaten 8-7. He then made 13 saves as the Falcons bounced back by beating Franklin Pierce 6-3 on Saturday night. Baker made 29 combined saves against 40 shots faced for a 5.50 goals against average and .725 save percentage.

Baker has started all 12 games for Bentley so far and has helped them to a 7-3 Northeast-10 record, and they have clinched a home playoff game in the first round of the Northeast-10 Men’s Lacrosse Championship. Baker’s season goals against average of 7.35 is third in the conference, and his save percentage of .604 is second. He’s also fifth in fewest goals allowed, despite playing more minutes than the four goalies ahead of him.

The Falcons will close out the regular season on Saturday when they visit Adelphi.