Bentley vs. American International
March 31, 2009
The Game Story:
WALTHAM, Mass. - Seventh-ranked Bentley University won for the fourth time in a row with a 15-5 win over AIC Tuesday night in Northeast-10 men's lacrosse play. Senior Chris Woods (Duxbury, Mass./Sandwich) and sophomore Steve Murray (Billerica, Mass./Billerica) each had a hat trick for the Falcons, who stay unbeaten in the NE-10 at 3-0.

Much like their game against Saint Michael's last Saturday, Bentley put this game away early. They led 5-0 after the first quarter and 11-1 at halftime. Woods scored the first goal of the game 58 seconds in, then Murray and junior Kevin Gould (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) found the back of the net at the 11:28 and 5:22 marks respectively on assists from senior Andy Curtis (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) .

The Falcons finished the quarter strong, scoring twice in the final 1:51 with goals from Curtis and Woods.

Woods and Murray scored the first two goals of the second quarter, followed by Curtis netting his second of the game in the final moments of a man-up opportunity to make the score 8-0.

Following Curtis' goal, freshman James Gilloran (Guilford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall), senior Brad Petersen (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) and freshman Richard Travers (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) each scored for the Falcons.

With Bentley leading 11-0 near the end of the first half, AIC's Aaron McNam registered a goal to get the Yellow Jackets on the scoreboard.

After Nicholas Brett scored the first goal of the second half for AIC, Murray completed his hat trick at the 10:53 mark to give Bentley a 12-2 lead.

Senior Andrew Smulligan (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) was a big part of Bentley's success, going 11-14 on the face-off and picking up nine ground balls. Gould, with one goal and three assists, and Curtis, with two and two, each had a game-high four points.

Senior Kris Dambach (Chester, N.J./West Morris Central) was only called on to make four saves, but earned his fourth win of the season in 30 minutes of action.

Bentley will next face No. 2 Le Moyne in Syracuse, N.Y., on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in a battle of two of the three remaining unbeaten teams in conference play.