No. 8 Bentley Tops Saint Michael's to Win Fourth Straight

WALTHAM, Mass. Three different players had a hat trick as No. 8 Bentley rolled to its fourth straight win Tuesday night, defeating Northeast-10 rival Saint Michael's, 15-6.

Seniors Taylor Bastien (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) and Alex Carney (Providence, R.I./The Wheeler School) and junior Chelsea Larivee (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) had the hat tricks for the victors, while Bastien also had two assists for a game-high five points. Senior Cori Geiger (Agawam, Mass./Agawam) and freshman Erin O'Connor (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) chipped in two assists.

The Falcons took a 6-2 lead into halftime as six different players scored. They opened up a 9-2 lead less than three minutes into the second half as Carney scored twice and Bastien added a goal.

The Purple Knights got to within 9-4 at the 25:22 mark with consecutive goals 40 seconds apart from junior Crystal King and sophomore Courtney Piper. But Bentley responded with a 5-0 run that spanned almost 15 minutes, giving them a 14-4 lead with under 10 minutes to play. The goals came from Bastien, freshman Tori Cerny (Olney, Md./Good Counsel), two from Larivee and junior Alicia Papineau (Hollis, N.H./Hollis-Brookline).

Bentley's last goal of the night to give them a 15-5 lead at the 7:14 mark came from Larivee after goalie Ally Dorman (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) launched a pass from the other end of the field to hit Larivee in stride for the goal. Dorman was given an assist on the play.

The Falcons improve to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the NE-10, while Saint Michael's falls to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the NE-10. Bentley is back in action Thursday night when they host No. 7 Dowling.

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WALTHAM, Mass. - Saint Michael's fell to No. 8 Bentley, 15-6, in a Northeast-10 Conference tilt on Tuesday at Bentley's turf field. The Purple Knights drop to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the league, while the Falcons, who are ranked in this week's IWLCA poll, improve to 4-1 and 2-0.

Senior Caitlin Mahoney (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset) and junior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) each netted a pair of goals for the Purple Knights, while sophomore Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) and first-year Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) each scored once. First-year Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made eight saves.

Senior Taylor Bastien (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) notched three goals and two assists for Bentley, junior Chelsea Larivee (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) tallied three goals and one assist and senior Alex Carney (Providence, R.I./The Wheeler School) finished with three markers. First-year Tori Cerny (Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) netted two goals, while senior Cori Geiger (Agawam, Mass./Agawam) had a goal and two assists. Junior Ally Dorman (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) posted six saves and six ground balls.

After the Falcons scored the game's first two goals, Bonewald converted a free position shot to make the score 2-1 11:01 into the first half. Bentley tallied four unanswered goals during an 11:40 span before Mahoney scored for the visitors with 1:22 remaining in the frame.

The Falcons made the score 9-2 with three straight goals to start the second half before King and Piper netted back-to-back goals for the Purple Knights 3:52 and 4:38 into the stanza, respectively. The hosts extended their advantage to 14-4 with five consecutive markers before King and Mahoney scored two of the game's final three goals for Saint Michael's.

The Purple Knights return to the field on Saturday when they face Assumption College in a road contest scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

2013-03-26



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