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: Diamond, Phelps Guide Bentley Past St. A’s, 9-6

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s lacrosse contest. Cutler Dimond and David Phelps each scored two goals, which helped the Falcons top the Hawks in Manchester:

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior attack Cutler Dimond (Marblehead, Mass./Tabor Academy) and freshman David Phelps (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) each scored two goals as the Bentley men’s lacrosse team defeated Northeast-10 rival Saint Anselm 9-6 Tuesday night in Manchester.

Phelps and Dimond, whose goal was in a man-up situation, each had a goal in the first quarter to help the Falcons jump out to a 2-0 lead.

Bentley took a 3-2 lead into halftime on the strength of a man-up goal by sophomore Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) in the second quarter.

The third period saw seven combined goals, with Bentley scoring four of them. Sophomore Jon Blaisdell (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) connected on a man-up goal to open the third quarter scoring just 22 seconds in. Freshman John Wheeler (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) and senior Nick Astarita (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) also found the back of the net during a 3-0 Bentley run to open up a 6-3 lead after less than four minutes.

Saint Anselm crept closer with three of the third quarter’s final four goals, cutting Bentley’s lead to 7-5 going into the final 15 minutes. But senior Mike Carter (Walpole, Mass./Thayer Academy) scored just 1:23 in to make it 8-5, and senior goalie Josh Baker (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) made four fourth quarter saves.

Baker made 15 saves on the night as Bentley improves to 2-1 in NE-10 play and 2-3 overall. The Hawks fall to 1-2 in the NE-10 and 2-4 overall. Bentley is back in action Saturday when they host Pace for a 3:00 pm start.

Mass. College Lax: Bentley’s Brigham & Lefebvre Earn Spots On NE-10 All-Rookie Team

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this morning’s release about two first-year players earning spots on the Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie Team:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Two members of the Bentley University men’s lacrosse team, attacker Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) and midfielder Joey Lefebvre (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet), have been named to the Northteast-10 All-Rookie team, the conference revealed Tuesday in announcing its All-Conference teams and major award winners for the 2013 season.

Brigham finished his freshman campaign with 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points, placing him among the team leaders in each of those categories. He was second in goals to Tim Matheson’s (Reading, Mass./Reading) 16, second in assists to Steve Caditz’s (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) 11 and tied with Caditz for the team lead in points.

A two-time NE-10 Rookie of the Week this season, Brigham scored five of his 13 goals in man-up situations and had a season high four goals in a win over American International on March 13. He also was involved in the two goals that won overtime games for the Falcons this season. He assisted on Matt Dente’s (Reading, Mass./Reading) goal that beat Saint Rose 8-7 in double overtime April 6, and netted the winner himself in triple overtime with one second remaining to beat Franklin Pierce 9-8 April 20.

Lefebvre was one of three primary face-off takers for Bentley, and won better than 57% of his draws (36-61). He collected 12 ground balls on the season and played in 11 of 12 games.

The complete Northeast-10 Men’s Lacrosse All-Conference teams can be viewed here.

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.