Dimond's OT Goal Lifts Bentley Over Assumption

WALTHAM, Mass. Junior Cutler Dimond (Marblehead, Mass./Tabor Academy) scored 34 seconds into overtime to give Bentley a come-from-behind 8-7 victory over Assumption on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 men's lacrosse.

Bentley led 7-6 after rallying from 5-1 down in the third quarter, but Assumption's Ian Mack scored the tying goal with just .2 seconds left in regulation on a diving shot to send the game in OT.

At the start of the extra-session, Bentley's Connor Price (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) won the face-off with Tim Cobb (Hingham, Mass./Thayer Academy) getting the ground ball. Dimond found himself in possession near the goal after that sequence, made a move around his defender and shot past Assumption goalie Will Contento to give Bentley the win.

Assumption kept Bentley's offense in check throughout the first half and took advantage of its opportunities on offense to take a 5-1 lead at the 11:38 mark of the third quarter after a goal by midfielder Peter Gersbeck.

But following that goal Bentley began to chip away the rest of the quarter with two goals by junior attack Matt Dente (Reading, Mass./Reading). He first goal came just over a minute after Gersbeck's, and his second didn't come until there was just six seconds remaining in the quarter, making the score 5-3.

Eight-plus minutes of the fourth quarter elapsed before another goal. But freshman David Phelps (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) found the back of the net at the 6:48 mark, setting off a 3-0 Falcons run that took just over two minutes. Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) and Dimond each had goals during the run that put Bentley ahead 6-5 with 4:42 remaining.

But Assumption was able to finish strong. Gersbeck scored with 2:49 to play to tie the game 6-6, before Phelps' third goal of the day put Bentley back ahead with 2:13 remaining. Bentley stayed ahead 7-6 until Mack tied it just before the buzzer.

The victory sends Bentley's records to 6-4 overall and 6-2 in the Northeast-10. Assumption falls to 5-7 overall and 3-6 in the NE-10. The Falcons are back on the field Wednesday night at Southern New Hampshire.

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Waltham, Mass. (April 12) -- On Saturday afternoon, Assumption dropped an 8-7 overtime final at Bentley in Northeast-10 action. Senior Ian Mack (Avon, Conn./Avon) scored with one second left in regulation to send the game into the extra period, the first overtime game of the season for the Hounds.

Junior Garrett Smith (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse Minoa) put the Hounds up 1-0 just 3:03 into the first before David Phelps tied the game for Bentley with 2:04 remaining in the opening period.

Smith made it a 2-1 margin heading into the second with his 38th goal of the season with just 17 seconds left in the first. The goal was assisted on by Mack, marking his team-leading 16th assist of the season. The momentum continued for Assumption in the second quarter as juniors Peter Gersbeck (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) and Ty Martina (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) each notched unassisted goals for the 4-1 halftime edge.

In the third, Gersbeck stretched the lead to 5-1 before two goals by Bentley's Matt Dente made it a 5-3 score heading to the final quarter. Dente made it a two-goal game with just six seconds left in the quarter as three of the four quarters featured a goal scored within the final 20 seconds of the period.

After the fourth began with eight scoreless minutes, Bentley went on a 3-0 run to take its first lead of the game at 6-5 with 4:42 remaining. Cutler Dimond put the Falcons ahead for the first time with the unassisted score, which would end up being one of his two goals in the game. Gersbeck completed his hat trick with 2:49 left to tie the game, but Phelps again answered just 36 seconds later for the 7-6 lead.

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