COLCHESTER, Vt. – Goals by seniors Carolyn Kynoch (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) and Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) in overtime lifted Bentley to a 10-9 victory over Saint Michael's in Northeast-10 women's lacrosse action Tuesday afternoon.
With Bentley trailing 8-7 late in regulation, Taylor Bastien (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) found the back of the net with just 10 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
The Falcons fell behind 9-8, 1:23 into the six minute OT on a goal by Saint Michael's Crystal King. But Kynoch tied the score at the 2:38 mark with a free-position goal, her third goal of the afternoon. SMC won the ensuing draw control, but Brown forced a turnover and scored with 2:03 left, with Bastien getting the assist, to give Bentley a 10-9 lead.
Bentley hung on the rest of the way for the win, despite Saint Michael's Steph Bonewald hitting the post with a shot on their last possession. The Falcons improve to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the NE-10 with the victory.
Bastien had a monster game for the Falcons with three goals and five assists.
After a goal by Saint Michael's Shannon Murphy just over a minute into the second half gave the hosts a 5-4 lead, the rest of the half was made up of 3-0 runs by both teams.
Bentley's run took just over 10 minutes, starting with a goal from Bastien at the 26:35 mark. Kynoch gave Bentley a 6-5 lead just over a minute later. The next goal wasn't scored for nearly nine minutes, but it was Brown giving the Falcons a 7-5 lead with 16:02 remaining.
Bentley held that two-goal lead for almost nine minutes, but the Purple Knights erased it with two goals in a span of 46 seconds. Goals for Saint Michael's came from freshman Ali Gosselin at 9:35 and junior Kate Boyer at 8:49 to tie the game 7-7. SMC then went ahead 8-7 on another goal by Boyer with 4:41 remaining.
The Purple Knights looked like they were going to hang on for the win as the clock continued to tick away. However Bastien rescued Bentley, scoring with just 10 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
The Falcons will look to even their NE-10 record at 2-2 when they play their home-opener against New Haven on Saturday at 12:00 pm.