Waltham, Mass. – Matt Brooks (Brunswick, Maine/Phillips Exeter) and Kris Campbell (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) scored goals late in the 4th quarter to break an 8-8 tie to lift the Bentley men's lacrosse team to a 10-8 victory over No. 20 ranked Saint Anselm on Saturday afternoon.
Brooks' goal with 3:29 left in the 4th broke an 8-8 tie, and Campbell's goal with 2:15 remaining was the insurance as the Falcons went on to win 10-8, their 5th straight victory and 2nd in a row over a ranked team.
Bentley is now 8-2 overall and 6-2 NE10, and the win clinched a playoff spot.
It was a close game the whole way, with the largest lead being 7-4 for Bentley in the 2nd quarter.
The teams combined for nine goals in the 1st quarter with Bentley ahead 5-4. Senior Alex Astarita (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) had two goals in the quarter, and seniors Scott Carvalho (Wayland, Mass./Wayland) and Sam Hurley (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) and sophomore Joey Tesoriero (Huntington Station, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills) each scored once.
The scoring slowed down from that point. Bentley scored the first two goals of the 2nd quarter, from Campbell at 11:29 and Tesoriero just 35 seconds later to give them the 7-4 lead. Saint Anselm though fought back with goals by senior Anthony Busconi at 6:02 and sophomore Ryan Richards at 3:06 to cut Bentley's lead to 7-6 at halftime.
Bentley scored the first goal of the 3rd quarter, off the stick of Tesoriero for his 3rd of the afternoon, to give them an 8-6 lead 3:06 into the quarter. The Hawks went on to score twice in the 3rd quarter to make it an 8-8 game. Sophomore Sean Tomaszewski's goal at 4:55 was the last goal by either team until Brooks broke the tie late in the 4th.
Falcons goalie Mike Haggan (Braintree, Mass./BC High) made 11 saves to earn his 8th win of the season.
Bentley will now go for its 6th straight win on Tuesday night when they host Adelphi, which is currently ranked No. 1 in Division II.