Bentley vs. Merrimack
April 3, 2007
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The Game Story:
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Sophomore Greg Rogowski (Cohoes, N.Y.) scored two goals and added two assists for the Warriors as Merrimack came away with a 9-5 win over the Bentley men's lacrosse team on Tuesday night in Northeast-10 Conference action. The Warriors even their record at 3-3 (3-1 NE-10) with the win, while the Falcons fall to 2-4 (1-2 NE-10).

The Warriors jumped to an early lead by keeping the Falcons off the board for the first half. Junior Christopher Elia (East Lyme, Conn.) put Merrimack on the board two minutes into the game and junior Kyle Beaudoin (Acton) made it a two-goal lead a few minutes later. Rogowski scored his first of the game on an extra-man opportunity before the period was out and a second-period tally from sophomore Jo Pisano (Dedham) made it 4-0 at halftime as a stifling Merrimack defense allowed Bentley only one shot on goal in the first half.

The Falcons' scoring touch returned in the second half, but the Warriors matched their offensive output. Junior Danny Scavone (Franklin Lakes, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) put Bentley on the board several minutes into the third quarter, but Merrimack answered with another sting of four straight goals over the next eight minutes, including the eventual game-winner from Pisano. Sophomore Chris Woods (Duxbury/Sandwich HS) scored to close out the third for the Falcons to kick off a late game rally.

After senior Andy Teeling (Baltimore) scored a man-up goal for the Warriors just 23 seconds into the final frame, Bentley mustered the offense for three goals in the fourth quarter. Freshman Kevin Gould (Duxbury/Duxbury HS) scored twice in a three-minute span, giving the Falcons ten minutes to make up a five-goal deficit. Senior Craig Cormier (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor HS) netted a goal with seven-and-a-half to play, but Merrimack was able to hold off Bentley for the remainder of the contest with junior goalie Eric Tompkins (Newington, Conn.) making four of his six saves in the final stanza.

The Falcons outshot the Warriors, 34-26, but Merrimack was able to put more shots on net and the Warriors won the ground ball battle, 30-25.

The Falcons return to action on Saturday with a trip to Rindge, N.H., to battle Franklin Pierce at 1 p.m. The team returns home on Tuesday, April 17, to host Saint Michael's at 6 p.m.