Saint Michael's Stays Unbeaten in NE-10 with Win at Bentley

WALTHAM, Mass. Though there were only nine goals scored on the night, No. 12 Saint Michael's did enough to emerge as 6-3 winners over Bentley in Northeast-10 action Wednesday night.

Bentley trailed 3-1 at halftime, but its offensive awoke early in the third quarter as they scored twice in the first 3:49. Sophomore Doug Mahony (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) scored his third of the season just 38 seconds into the quarter to make it a 3-2 game.

Freshman attack Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) followed that up with his team leading seventh of the year at the 11:11 mark to tie the game.

But Saint Michael's took the lead back on a goal by sophomore Sean Curtin with 6:51 left in the period. Just 58 seconds later junior midfielder Cooper Quenneville netted his second of the game to give the Purple Knights a 5-3 lead.

Bentley had three man-up opportunities totaling 2:00 after Quenneville's goal, but came empty each time. They killed off two man-up chances for Saint Michael's in the middle of the fourth quarter, but being down a man limited their offensive opportunities during that time.

Saint Michael's then essentially put the game away with 1:26 left in the fourth on a goal by senior attack Pete Donnally to give them a 6-3 advantage.

Neither team scored in the first quarter, but Bentley opened the scoring 2:19 into the second quarter on a goal by senior Steve Caditz (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island). Bentley kept Saint Michael's off the scoreboard until the 4:32 mark when Quenneville scored his first of the night. The Purple Knights finished the quarter strong with two more goals from Tim McDonald and Matt Casella to lead 3-1 at the break.

The loss drops Bentley's record to 1-5 overall and 1-4 in the NE-10. Saint Michael's has now won four straight, and they improve their record to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the NE-10.

Bentley returns to the field on Saturday night when they host Saint Rose.

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WALTHAM, Mass. - 12th-ranked Saint Michael's grabbed its fourth straight victory, taking a 6-3 decision at Bentley in Northeast-10 Conference play on Wednesday at Bentley's Turf Field.

The Purple Knights, who are ranked in this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) national poll, improve to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the league, while the Falcons drop to 1-5 and 1-4.

Junior Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) tallied a career-best three points, recording two goals and an assist for Saint Michael's while also finishing 4 of 5 on face-offs. Senior Pete Donnally (Madison, N.J./Morristown-Beard School) added a goal and an assist, and junior Tim McDonald (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) found the back of the net.

Sophomore Matt Casella (Yonkers, N.Y./Fordham Prep) netted his first marker of the season, while classmate Sean Curtin (Ledyard, Conn./Ledyard) scored his first collegiate goal. Junior Chris DeMairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) made 12 saves and collected five ground balls.

Senior Steve Caditz (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island), sophomore Doug Mahony (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island), and first-year Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) all notched a goal for Bentley, while junior Connor Price (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) was 7 for 12 on draws. Junior Brian Karl (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) posted 11 saves.

Caditz put the hosts on top, 1-0, with a marker 2:19 into the second quarter before Quenneville evened the score 8:09 later. McDonald and Casella netted goals for the Purple Knights with 2:20 and 54 seconds remaining in the frame to give their team a two-goal advantage.

Brigham and Mahony deadlocked the contest at three, scoring goals 3:11 apart early in the third quarter before Curtin beat the keeper for the game-deciding goal with 6:51 left to play in the third. Quenneville recorded his second marker 58 ticks later, and Donnally tallied with 1:26 remaining in the fourth period.

Saint Michael's is back on the field Saturday when it travels to face Pace University at 1:00 p.m.


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