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

By NoontimeSports.com 

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.

Mass. College Hoops: Saturday D2 Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are the results and game summaries from the various Division 2 contests this afternoon.

Men’s Basketball

St. Michael’s 69, Bentley 66: Jasper Grassa recorded five points during the final 11 seconds, including three free throws, but it wasn’t enough to force overtime as the Purple Knights fended off a late Falcons rally en route to their 17th win of the year, 12th in Northeast-10 Conference play. Grassa led Bentley with 13 points, as well as registered six rebounds, three assists and one steal, while Tyler McFarland netted 12 points.

Assumption 68, Merrimack 63: The Greyhounds rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat the Warriors in Worcester. Asssumption’s Jimmy Zenevitch finished with a double-double of 34 points and 10 rebounds, along with four assists, one steal and one block. JT Strickland paced Merrimack with 19 points.

So. New Hampshire 73, Stonehill 49: Ryan Logan and Josh Heyliger each netted nine points, while Pierce Cumpstone scored seven points off the bench, but it wasn’t enough to help the Skyhawks top the Penmen.

Women’s Basketball

Stonehill 79, Southern New Hampshire 58: Mary Louise Dixon and Amy Pelletier combined for 30 points, while Asia Ewing added 15 points off the bench as the Skyhawks defeated the Penmen in Manchester, New Hampshire. Dixon finished the contest with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds.

No. 1 Bentley 84, St. Michael’s 52: Courtney Finn and Lauren Battista combined for 30 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists as the Falcons defeated the Purple Knights and improved to 23-0.

Assumption 67, Merrimack 56: Assumption’s Caitlin Ackerman stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal as the Greyhounds defeated the Warriors in Worcester. Aria Johnson led Merrimack with 12 points.

Mass. College Hoops: Five Games To Watch This Weekend (Feb. 14 – 16)

By NoontimeSports.com 

With another weekend quickly approaching, it is time to unveil our five games to watch this weekend. As always, make sure to circle back for updates. You can also follow along with in-game updates on Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog), too.

Men’s Basketball

Harvard @ Columbia (Friday, Feb. 14) – Since falling to archrival Yale last week, the Crimson will look to return to the win column by registering their 19th overall victory and sixth Ivy League win. Their weekend trip begins in New York City against a Lions squad that’s 14-9 overall and 3-3 in Ancient Eight play. Columbia is 1-3 in its last four games, but did manage to earn a win against Princeton.

Harvard, which is 4-1 in its last five outings, has received major contributions from Wesley Saunders, who averaging 14.8 points per game. Siyani Chambers is second on the team in points per game; he’s averaging 10.8, while Kyle Casey is averaging 6.3 rebounds.

Saunders led the Crimson in their last outing against the Bulldogs with 16 points, while Casey pulled down six rebounds.

Bentley @ St. Michael’s (Saturday, Feb. 15) – The Purple Knights’ five-game winning streak concluded earlier this week with an 86-85 setback to St. A’s. They’ll look to return to the win column when they host Bentley tomorrow afternoon, a squad they defeated earlier this season in Waltham.

Since falling to St. Michael’s, Bentley has won nine contests, including six Northeast-10 Conference tilts. They’re currently 2-1 in February and are coming off back-to-back wins against Assumption and Merrimack. Alex Furness secured the team’s 16th win on Wednesday when he sank a go-ahead jumper with two-seconds remaining. The Warriors recorded a turnover on the ensuing possession.

Tyler McFarland is currently fifth in the conference in points per game (19.0). He’s recorded 438 points in 23 games this season.

Women’s Basketball

Lehigh @ Holy Cross (Saturday, Feb. 15) – The Crusaders will look to avenge an 87-82 loss earlier this season when they welcome Lehigh to the Hart Center for a 3 p.m. tip-off. The Crusaders enter the contest 15-9 overall and 7-6 in Patriot League play.

Alex Smith is currently eighth all-time in program history in points (1,546), but is 10 points shy of seventh place. She’s also seven assists away from earning fifth pace in both Holy Cross’ and Patriot League’s assists record book. Also, if she records three more steals, she’ll increase her total to 200, which would be 10th most in program history.

Excluding Smith, Brisje Malone is 25 points away from becoming the program’s 30th player to net 1,000 career points. Also, Molly Hourigan, who ranks seventh in blocked shots with 84, is one swat shy of sixth place and three away from tying teammate Emily Parker, who is fifth all-time with 87 blocks.

No. 6 Washington U. @ Brandeis (Friday, Feb. 14) – The Judges will look to extend their current winning streak to seven when they welcome the UAA’s top squad to Waltham for their first of two weekend contests. Their other weekend matchup will be on Sunday against the Maroons of Chicago.

In their first outing against the Bears, Kasey Dean netted 12 points, while Paris Hodges added eight points, six rebounds and three assists, but it wasn’t enough to defeat Washington University. Yet, since that particular setback, the Judges are 6-1.

Washington University enters the contest 18-2 overall and 8-1 in conference play. Their two losses came to conference foe Rochester and D3Hoops.com’s number one squad, DePauw.

In Brandeis’ last outing against Carnegie Mellon, Dean and Maria Jackson each scored 12 points, while Samantha Mancinelli came off the bench and netted seven points, along with three boards and three assists.

Both games are important for the Judges, who’ll look to keep pace with Washington University and New York University, the UAA’s top two teams.

Wheaton @ Babson (Saturday, Feb. 15) – This is indeed a critical contest for both squads.

Wheaton, which is 19-4 overall and 14-4 in NEWMAC play, will look to extend its current winning streak to six. They currently own the top spot in the conference, but a loss to Babson and a Smith College win against Coast Guard could make things interesting.

Babson has won 10 of 13 contests, including a come-from-behind win on Tuesday against No. 5 Tufts University. Linnett Graber and Giovanna Pickering combined for 32 points and were a major part in the Beavers’ second half effort. Babson outscored Tufts during the final 20 minutes, 45-20.

The last time these two squads met, Babson secured a 37-29 halftime lead and never looked back. Graber paced the Green and White with 16 points, while Erin Young netted nine points in 14 minutes off the bench.

Wheaton’s last victory over Babson occurred during the 2008-09 season when the Lyons defeated the Beavers on their home court, 71-61.

Mass. College Hockey: Afternoon Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com

Here are the scores from this afternoon’s contest. Remember to check back tomorrow for notes on the various weekend tilts.

Men’s Ice Hockey

* No. 17 Vermont 6, Boston University 2

* No. 6 Babson 3, No. 9 UMass Boston 2

* No. 7 Williams 2, Bowdoin 1

* Wentworth 4, Becker 3 (OT)

* Fitchburg State 8, Framingham State 2

* Stonehill 4, Southern New Hampshire 2

* UMass Dartmouth 6, Westfield State 3

Women’s Ice Hockey

* Vermont 5, No. 9/10 Boston University 1

* Northeastern 8, Maine 2

* No. 7 Boston College 5, New Hampshire 3

* No. 5 Harvard 3, Rensselaer 1

* Castleton State 6, Nichols 2

* Holy Cross 3, Southern Maine 0

* Williams 4, Colby 0

* UMass Boston 3, St. Michael’s 1

Mass. College Hoops: 10 Games To Watch This Weekend

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the weather getting cooler (well, not exactly today!) and basketball season in full tilt, it’s time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for this weekend.

Men’s Basketball:

No. 21 UMass vs. BYU: The Minutemen will look to earn their eight win of the season when they host the Cougars for a 1:30 p.m. tip. BYU enters the game having won two of their last three and three of their last four, while UMass junior Cady Lalanne is averaging a team-best 16.4 points per game and 11.4 rebounds.

Harvard at Boston University: The Crimson will attempt to earn their fifth straight victory, along with their ninth overall win when they travel across the Charles River for the second time this week to face the Terriers. Harvard’s Wesley Saunders is averaging a team-best 15.1 points per game, while BU’s Maurice Watson Jr. ranks first on the Terriers in assists per game (5.6). BU, which has won four straight, will look to earn their fifth consecutive victory, along with their seventh overall victory.

Bentley vs. St. Michael’s: After seeing their seven-game winning streak conclude on Wednesday, the Falcons will look to rebound against a 6-2 St. Mike’s squad, which enters the contest having won one of their last three contests. Keep an eye on Bentley’s Tyler McFarland, who ranks fourth in the Northeast-10 Conference in points per game (20.4). He’s also fifth in rebounds (8.9) and three-point percentage (52.6).

Springfield at Williams: After losing to Hampden-Sydney, the Pride has rebounded with back-to-back wins against Penn St.-New Kensington and Trinity (Conn.). They’ll look to earn their sixth win of the season against Williams, which hasn’t lost since their first game of the season. Daniel Wohl leads the Ephs with 17.7 points per game, while Michael Mayer ranks first in rebounds (10.3). Robbie Burke leads Springfield with 80 points and 45 boards, while Alex Garstka ranks second in points with 79.

Eastern Nazarene at Endicott: The Lions, winners of six straight, will look to earn their seventh victory of the season, as well as well as their second Commonwealth Coast Conference win when they travel to Beverley to face Endicott. The Gulls commenced their season with four straight wins before dropping their last two games to Gordon and Rivier. Eastern Nazarene’s Jaylen Owens ranks second in the conference in points per game (18.2), while Endicott’s Taylor Rioux is second in field goal percentage (65.5).

Women’s Basketball:

Harvard vs. Long Beach State @ Phoenix, Ariz.: The Crimson will take their 6-2 record on the road this weekend when they travel to the Grand Canyon to face Long Beach State in the first round of the Arizona State classic. Keep an eye on Christine Clark (19.4 points per game) and Melissa Mullins (9.1 rebounds per game).

Fordham at Holy Cross: The Crusaders will look to earn their seventh straight victory when they host a Rams squad that recently won the Lady Rebel Round-Up tournament against Cincinnati in Las Vegas. Holy Cross’ ‘hot start’ is their best start in over 30 years. Holy Cross has also scored 70 points in every contest this season, including 92 points against UMass Lowell. Alex Smith leads the unit with 98 points.

So. New Hampshire at Stonehill College: The Skyhawks, winners of two straight, as well as three of their last four, will look to earn their seventh win of the season when they host the Penmen in Easton. Stonehill is 3-1 in NE-10 play this season. On Wednesday, the Skyhawks defeated Assumption, 79-68, thanks to 21 points, five assists and five rebounds from Mary Louis Dixon, as well as 14 points and nine boards from Tori Faieta.

Wesleyan at Williams College: The Ephs haven’t lost a regular season contest since last season when Smith College topped Williams, 53-49. Since then, Williams has won 11 straight, including seven this season. They’ll look to extend their current streak to 12 when they host Wesleyan for an important New England Small College Athletic Conference matchup. Keep an eye on Kellie Macdonald, who’s averaging a team-best 14.0 points per game.

Wheaton College at Clark University: Can the Lyons make it seven in a row? Wheaton, which has been one of the biggest surprises of the season thus far, is coming off a 77-52 win over Emerson College on Wednesday. Wheaton has registered 70 points or more in five contests this season. Clark has won three of the last four meetings, including both games last season. Keep an eye on Wheaton’s Abbie Brickley and Kiley Shoemaker, as well as Clark’s senior trio, which includes Emily Reilly, Ashleigh Condon and Megan Grondin.