Mass. College Lax: Bentley’s Demoulas Drafted by Boston Cannons


Bentley University senior T.A. Demoulas was recently drafted by the Boston Cannons – a member of the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) – on Friday evening in the league’s collegiate draft.

Below is the release from the Bentley University Sports Information Office:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley men’s lacrosse senior midfielder T.A. Demoulas (Lowell, Mass./Middlesex School) was drafted by the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse in its collegiate draft on Friday night.

Demoulas was picked in the 8th round by the Cannons and was one of just three players from a non-Division I program selected.

“The Cannons organization likes his athleticism, character and leadership that he brings to the field as a defensive midfielder,” said Bentley head coach Jim Murphy, who is also an assistant coach for the Cannons.

A team captain for the Falcons last season, Demoulas started 14 games and led the team in ground balls (58). He was also second in caused turnovers (15), and was named to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Division II All-New England team.

Bentley will open its 2015 season on Feb. 28 with a home game against New York Tech.

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


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


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


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.