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: 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.

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: St. A’s Fends Off Bentley, 9-8

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s lacrosse game. The Falcons came within one point with 1:02 remaining, but couldn’t force an extra session as the Hawks improved to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley University had the ball and a man-advantage trailing 9-8 in the final minute, but could not convert as Saint Anselm held on for the victory over the men’s lacrosse team in Northeast-10 action Wednesday night.

Sophomore attack Matt Dente (Reading, Mass./Reading) brought the Falcons to within 9-8 by scoring with 1:02 to play, and a penalty was called on Saint Anselm as well to give them a man-advantage with a chance to tie the game.

Bentley won the face-off and called timeout with 41 seconds left to setup the final play. Junior Nick Astarita (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) got a shot off with 19 seconds remaining, only for it to be saved by Hawks goalie Jonathan O’Reilly. Saint Anselm then cleared the ball and ran out the clock to hang on for the victory.

The loss drops Bentley’s record to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the NE-10, while the Hawks improve to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in the NE-10.

The Falcons trailed 6-4 at halftime, but outscored the visitors 3-0 in the third quarter to lead 7-6 heading into the final quarter. All the scoring was done in the first eight minutes of the period, and came from players scoring their first of the season. Sophomore Bobby Hinds (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) scored at the 13:18 mark, sophomore defenseman Connor Raffety (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) tied the game at six with 8:11 left in the quarter, and junior Steve Taylor (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) gave his team a 7-6 lead just 51 seconds later.

But Saint Anselm then scored three in a row of its own in the fourth quarter. Geoff Kennedy tied it at seven 1:24 into the quarter and Andrew Messner gave the Hawks an 8-7 lead at the 11:52 mark. They then went up 9-7 on a goal by James Peters with 6:36 to go after a turnover in front of the net.

Astarita led the Falcons with two goals, while Saint Anselm’s Ryan Mee had a game-high three.

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