Ayer Nets Hat Trick in Bentley Win over Assumption

WALTHAM, Mass. Senior J.D. Ayer (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) netted a hat trick as Bentley knocked off Assumption, 10-5, on Tuesday night to even the Falcons' record to 2-2 in Northeast-10 play.

Bentley led 5-3 at halftime, and the teams engaged in a defensive struggle in the third quarter. No goals were scored until Ayer found the back of the net for a third time with just two seconds left in the quarter.

That goal propelled Bentley forward and they took control in the fourth. Freshman Bobby Hinds (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) scored 58 seconds into the quarter to give the Falcons a 7-3 lead. Senior Brendan Grant (Walpole, Mass./Xaverian Brothers) made it 8-3 for Bentley with his first goal of the game at the 8:56 mark.

Assumption scored the next two goals in a span of 44 seconds to get to within 8-5 with 6:58 remaining, but Bentley got the next goal at the 4:45 mark courtesy of Hinds for some breathing room. Senior Richard Travers (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) scored the last goal of the game with 1:06 left.

Sophomore goalie Brian Karl (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) made eight saves for the Falcons, who improve to 2-5 overall. Assumption falls to 2-8 overall and 1-5 in the NE-10.

Bentley led 2-1 after the first quarter, with the goals coming from Ayer and Travers. After Ayer scored again 3:30 into the second quarter for a 3-1 lead, junior Dan Keefer (Wayland, Mass./Wayland) and freshman Matt Dente (Reading, Mass./Reading) scored just nine seconds apart, starting with 6:59 left in the quarter, to put Bentley up 5-1. Assumption though got the last two goals of the half from senior Tom Guido and freshman Ty Martina.

The Falcons resume their home stand with a date with the second ranked team in Division II, Le Moyne, on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

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Waltham, Mass. (April 10) -- On Tuesday night, Assumption dropped a 10-5 final to Bentley in Northeast-10 play. Bentley has now won five straight in the all-time series dating back to 2007, along with the Falcons holding a 19-1 margin in the all-time series with the Hounds.

Bentley jumped on the board just 20 seconds into the game as J.D. Ayer found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. Richard Travers added to the lead before the Hounds scored with just one second left in the opening quarter to make it a 2-1 margin after one period. Scoring the goal was freshman Peter Gersbeck (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River), his fourth of the season, with the assist coming from junior Casey Marren (Derby, Conn./Notre Dame).

In the third, a quick 3-0 Bentley scoring run, including a man-up goal by Ayer to open the period, pushed the advantage to 5-1 in favor of the Falcons. Assumption found the back of the net twice though to end the half as the Hounds trailed by a 5-3 margin heading into the halftime break. In a span of just 14 seconds, Tom Guido (Manorville, N.Y./Eastport South Manor) tallied a man-up goal, followed by a score from freshman Ty Martina (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield), to account for the halftime score.

In the third, the teams nearly played a scoreless period before Ayer wrapped up the hat trick with an unassisted goal with two seconds left to increase the Bentley lead to 6-3 after three periods.

Bentley led by as many as five goals at 8-3 midway thru the fourth before the Hounds cut into the lead. Guido scored his second of the game at the 7:42 mark, along with a score just 44 seconds later from senior Tim Roy (Avon, Conn./Avon) to cut the margin down to 8-5 with 6:58 left. Hinds added his second goal of the half for the Falcons, along with another goal from Travers with 1:06 left, to account for the 10-5 final score.

Will Contento (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) made 13 saves for Assumption in the loss, while Brian Karl turned aside eight shots to pick up the victory for Bentley.

With the loss, Assumption falls to 2-8 overall and 1-5 in Northeast-10 play, while the Falcons improve to 2-5 on the season and 2-2 in the league.

Assumption is now idle for eight days before hosting Adelphi University on April 18th for a 7:00 p.m. start at the Multi-Sport Stadium.


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