Bentley vs. Saint Anselm
April 8, 2009
The Game Story:
WALTHAM, Mass. - In his second game back in the line-up after missing four games, junior midfielder Brad Tunis (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) scored five goals, with three in the second half to help No. 8 Bentley University pull away from Saint Anselm and post a 15-10 win over the Hawks in Northeast-10 men's lacrosse action on Wednesday night.

Bentley improves to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the NE-10 with the victory.

The Hawks put a scare into Bentley early, leading 6-5 at halftime, but led by Tunis and junior Kevin Gould's (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) seven points on three goals and four assists, the Falcons came away with the win. They outscored the visitors 10-4 in the second half, scoring five goals in the third and fourth quarters.

Gould tied the game at six with 4:33 gone in the third quarter with an unassisted, man-up goal. Junior Justin Hall briefly gave Saint Anselm the lead back with a goal at the 8:27 mark, but Tunis netted his third of the game and tied the score at seven 1:04 later.

Bentley then closed out the quarter with three straight goals, with one each by sophomore Steve Murray (Billerica, Mass./Billerica), senior Andy Curtis (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) and Tunis. Gould assisted on the goals by Murray and Curtis, and Tunis' unassisted tally gave Bentley a 10-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

With 1:09 gone in the quarter, junior Kevin DeBenedetto brought the Hawks to within two goals, but that's as close as they would get the rest of the way.

The Falcons scored six straight goals over the remainder of the quarter, including three in a decisive span of 33 seconds that put the game away.

With Bentley holding an 11-8 lead, junior Wyatt Couture (South Hadley, Mass./Avon Old Farms) scored a man-up goal with 7:06 to play. Just four seconds later, Murray found the back of the net on an assist from junior Addi Van Hatcher (Tigard, Ore./Oregon Episcopal). Curtis then gave Bentley a 14-8 lead on a goal from Van Hatcher 29 seconds later.

Senior Kris Dambach (Chester, N.J./West Morris Central) was called on to make 12 saves and earned his fifth win of the season.

Bentley will host Southern New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in an NE-10 matchup.