Geiger's Six Points Helps No. 12 Bentley Outlast Saint Anselm

WALTHAM, Mass. Senior attack Cori Geiger (Agawam, Mass./Agawam) had a season-high six points, with four of them goals, as No. 12 Bentley outlasted Saint Anselm, 17-13, Thursday night in Northeast-10 action.

The 17 goals is one off Bentley's season high, and the 30 goals total are the most in a game this season. Two others, junior Chelsea Larivee (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) and freshman Tori Cerny (Olney, Md./Good Counsel), had four goals as well.

The Falcons led 10-5 early in the second half after Larivee scored just 37 seconds in. But the Hawks chipped away at the deficit over the next six minutes and used a 4-0 run to get to within 10-9 at the 23:40 mark on a goal by sophomore Kelly Pickett.

But Bentley responded with a 4-0 run of its own to take a 14-9 lead with 15:39 remaining, with the goals coming from Cerny, Geiger, senior Taylor Bastien (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) and Larivee.

Two straight goals from Saint Anselm's Carrie Brophy, who scored five times on the night, brought the Hawks to within 14-11 with 12:31 to play. But back-to-back goals by Cerny and Bastien 33 seconds apart gave Bentley a comfortable 16-11 advantage with just under 9 minutes remaining.

Saint Anselm did not score again until freshman Caitlin Villareal found the back of the net at 4:25 to make the score 16-12. A man-up goal by Larivee, and Brophy's fifth of the game finished out the scoring with a minute left.

The Falcons improve to 7-4 overall and 5-2 in the NE-10 with the win. The Hawks drop to 8-3 overall and 5-2 in conference play.

Bentley's next game is Saturday afternoon at home against Assumption.

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WALTHAM, Mass. Senior Carrie Brophy (Mansfield, Mass.) registered a career-high six points, but Saint Anselm dropped a 17-13 decision to 12th-ranked Bentley on Thursday evening at the Bentley Turf Field.

The Hawks drop to 8-3 overall, including 5-2 in Northeast-10 play, while the Falcons improve to 7-4, 5-2 NE-10.

Brophy racked up her points on a career-best five goals and an assist.

Sophomore Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) scored off Brophy's assist to slice the Saint Anselm deficit in half at 2-1 just 3:06 into the contest. Bentley would score three straight, however, to grab a 5-1 lead at the 16:33 mark.

Freshman Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) stopped the bleeding with a free-position score at 10:50, but two more from the Falcons made it 7-2 just under seven minutes before the halftime break.

Freshman Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) scored off a feed from sophomore Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) with 6:38 left, but Cori Geiger potted her third of the game 20 seconds later to answer the tally. The Hawks would score two of the final three goals of the half as Daly set up Brophy with 5:11 left and Doherty found the back of the net to close the scoring and cut it to 9-5 with 1:41 on the clock.

After Bentley opened the second-half scoring just 37 second in, the Hawks scored four unanswered goals to climb within 10-9 at the 23:40 mark. Brophy converted a free-position chance with 26:58 left before Doherty fed Daly 38 seconds later to cut it to three. Sophomore Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) scored on a free position and then beat Bentley goalkeeper Ally Dorman with a helper from Doherty.

The Falcons answered with four straight of their own, however, to push the lead to 14-9 with 15:39 remaining. Brophy scored twice in a 39-second span to trim the deficit to three before two more from Bentley made it 16-11 with 8:49 left. The Hawks potted two of the game's final three goals with Villareal scoring at 4:25 and Brophy making good on a free position with 1:10 left, but it was too little, too late.

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