WALTHAM, Mass. – For the second straight game it went down to the wire for the Bentley women's lacrosse team, and this time senior Taylor Bastien (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) was the hero, scoring as time expired to give the No. 7 Falcons a 13-12 victory over Molloy in non-conference action Saturday afternoon.
Molloy rallied from 12-8 down in the final 6:10 of the second half, tying the game with eight seconds left on a goal by senior Christie Roell despite being a man-down.
Bastien though won the ensuing draw control, raced down the field and scored from 10 yards out just as the clock hit 0:00 to give Bentley the dramatic win, its third in a row.
Bentley twice led by four goals in the second half, but each time the Lions rallied. Leading 7-4 at halftime after grad student Megan Wiggins (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) netted a buzzer beater of her own to end the first half, Bentley went up 8-4 just 13 seconds into the second half after Wiggins scored again.
But Molloy scored four unanswered goals over the next six minutes to tie the game at eight, with senior Kaitlynn Kelly getting two of them. But after senior Nicole Mastrianni tied it for the Lions at the 23:37 mark, the Falcons went on a 4-0 run of their own to take the 12-8 lead. Freshman Tori Cerny (Olney, Md./Good Counsel), Wiggins, and junior Carolyn Kynoch (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) had the first three goals of the run. A free-position goal by junior Chelsea Larivee (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) with 10:22 to play capped the run.
Bentley kept Molloy off the scoreboard until a man-up goal by Alexa Toscano at the 6:10 mark, then Mastrianni netted two straight to make it a 12-11 game with 4:38 remaining. Roell's goal to tie it late came after a Bentley turnover with 37 seconds to go.
Wiggins and Mastrianni each had a game-high four goals, while Bentley goalie Ally Dorman (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) made 10 saves to earn the win.
Bentley improves to 3-1 on the season, while Molloy falls to 3-5. The Falcons are back in action on Tuesday night when they host Northeast-10 rival Saint Michael's.