WALTHAM, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team fell at Bentley University, 8-5, on Saturday evening during Northeast-10 Conference play at Bentley's turf field. The Purple Knights are now 4-6 overall and 3-5 in the league, while the Falcons improved to 6-4 and 5-3.
Junior Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware) scored twice for Saint Michael's, while senior Matt Casella (Yonkers, N.Y./Fordham Prep) and sophomores Ben Overslaugh (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) and Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) all scored once. First-year Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) dished out a pair of assists and picked up three ground balls, while classmate Dan Johnson (Ringwood, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) had four ground balls and two caused turnovers in his first career start. First-year Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) caused three turnovers from the midfield, and junior T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) recorded 10 saves and four ground balls.
Junior Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) had two goals and an assist for Bentley, first-year Chris Wiggins (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) scored twice, and senior Cutler Dimond (Marblehead, Mass./Tabor Academy) added a goal and an assist. Sophomore Max Adler (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Northfield Mount Hermon) went 12-for-15 on face-offs, and junior Daniel Shaughnessy (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) made 10 stops.
Senior Matt Dente (Reading, Mass./Reading) got Bentley on the board at 12:21 of the opening quarter, and Adler won the ensuing face-off before Bicknell caused a turnover that led to Loughlin feeding Yetter for the tying marker just 1:42 after the hosts' tally. The Falcons were the beneficiary of a Purple Knight penalty in the late stages of the quarter, and Brigham netted a go-ahead man-up marker at 5:04. The following draw was won by Bentley, but Bicknell again played a role in his team getting the ball back, collecting a ground ball that allowed Saint Michael's to tie on the next possession. Overslaugh found the back of the net at 2:19.
With the game still tied at two early in the second quarter, Bicknell's stop at 12:58 was followed by a successful clear and Wallace quickly scoring 20 seconds later to put his team back in front. First-year Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) won the next face-off, and Loughlin's bid on the subsequent possession to put Saint Michael's ahead by two was denied by Shaughnessy. After a Purple Knight rung the post at 6:28, Wiggins forged the third tie of the game with 2:37 left before halftime. Bicknell picked up a save with 1:27 to go to ensure the teams remained tied at the intermission.
Bentley rattled off the only two goals of the third quarter, with senior Bobby Hinds (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) scoring an extra-man goal at 7:54 before Wiggins scored one second before the final horn. However, Ralston's victory on the opening face-off of the final period led to Casella creating a 5-4 margin at 13:10. Between 8:17 and 2:51, the Falcons scored three times to pull away, including the opening goal in that stretch, netted by Dimond, going as the winner. Loughlin found Yetter for a man-up marker at 2:29 for the final goal.
Saint Michael's returns home on Wednesday to host Saint Anselm College at 3:30 p.m.