Bentley vs. Merrimack
April 22, 2009
The Game Story:
Rogowski's Goal in Third OT Lifts No. 4 Merrimack Past No. 7 Bentley, 6-5

WALTHAM, Mass. - A matchup of two of the top teams in Division II men's lacrosse lived up to its billing, as No. 4 Merrimack defeated No. 7 Bentley University 6-5 in a three overtime thriller Wednesday night in Northeast-10 play. A goal by senior Greg Rogowski with 2:19 left in the third extra frame was the winner for the Warriors.

After Bentley turned the ball over and Merrimack completed a successful clear, the Warriors called a timeout with the ball in Bentley's end. Coming out of the timeout, Merrimack put the ball in stick of Rogowski, and after making a few moves, his shot from 15 yards away to the near post found the back of the net for the win.

The Falcons came into the fourth quarter trailing 5-3, but Bentley out-scored the visitors 2-0 to force overtime. Junior Addi Van Hatcher (Tigard, Ore./Oregon Episcopal) scored with 11:02 left on an assist from junior Stephen Moulton (Danvers, Mass./Danvers). Junior Wyatt Couture (South Hadley, Mass./Avon Old Farms) then tied the game with an unassisted goal with 6:54 remaining in regulation.

Bentley goalie Kris Dambach (Chester, N.J./West Morris Central) played a tremendous game, making 16 saves and stopping several shots by Merrimack that were from point-blank range. Three of Dambach's saves came in the first two overtime periods.

The game was tied 2-2 at halftime, with Bentley getting goals from freshman Brendan Grant (Walpole, Mass./Xaverian Brothers) in the first quarter and senior Chris Woods (Duxbury, Mass./Sandwich) in the second quarter.

With Bentley trailing in 3-2 in the third quarter, Moulton brought Bentley level with 4:53 left in the quarter. Merrimack though scored twice in the final 2:06 of the quarter on goals from junior Bryan MacPhie and sophomore David Robinson.

The Falcons, who fall to 7-3 on the year and 6-2 in the NE-10, have still wrapped up the third-seed and a home playoff game in the upcoming NE-10 Tournament. They'll close out the season on Saturday afternoon at Pace.
Box Score

At Waltham, Mass.

Merrimack (12-1, 7-1 NE-10) 1 1 3 0 0 0 1 -- 6
Bentley (7-3, 6-2 NE-10) 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 -- 5

Goals: B, Stephen Moulton 1, Addi Van Hatcher 1,
Brendan Grant 1, Wyatt Couture 1, Chris Woods 1; M,
Bryan MacPhie 2, Greg Rogowski 1, Jo Pisano 1, David
Robinson 1, Brad McAdam 1
Assists: B, Kevin Gould 1, Moulton 1; M, MacPhie 1,
Rogowski 1
Shots: B, 40; M, 41
Shots on Goal: B, 23; M, 22
Saves: B, Kris Dambach 16; M, Cory Spinale 18
Face-offs: B, 7-15; M, 8-15
Clears: B, 23-34; M, 20-24
Ground Balls: B, 29; M, 33