WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior Carrie Brophy (Mansfield, Mass.) registered a career-high six points, but the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team dropped a 17-13 decision to 12th-ranked Bentley University on Thursday evening at the Bentley Turf Field.
The Hawks drop to 8-3 overall, including 5-2 in Northeast-10 play, while the Falcons improve to 7-4, 5-2 NE-10.
Brophy racked up her points on a career-best five goals and an assist.
Sophomore Marissa Daly (Marshfield, Mass.) scored off Brophy's assist to slice the Saint Anselm deficit in half at 2-1 just 3:06 into the contest. Bentley would score three straight, however, to grab a 5-1 lead at the 16:33 mark.
Freshman Caitlin Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) stopped the bleeding with a free-position score at 10:50, but two more from the Falcons made it 7-2 just under seven minutes before the halftime break.
Freshman Michelle Kudlate (Waltham, Mass.) scored off a feed from sophomore Sarah Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) with 6:38 left, but Cori Geiger potted her third of the game 20 seconds later to answer the tally. The Hawks would score two of the final three goals of the half as Daly set up Brophy with 5:11 left and Doherty found the back of the net to close the scoring and cut it to 9-5 with 1:41 on the clock.
After Bentley opened the second-half scoring just 37 second in, the Hawks scored four unanswered goals to climb within 10-9 at the 23:40 mark. Brophy converted a free-position chance with 26:58 left before Doherty fed Daly 38 seconds later to cut it to three. Sophomore Kelly Pickett (Chelmsford, Mass.) scored on a free position and then beat Bentley goalkeeper Ally Dorman with a helper from Doherty.
The Falcons answered with four straight of their own, however, to push the lead to 14-9 with 15:39 remaining. Brophy scored twice in a 39-second span to trim the deficit to three before two more from Bentley made it 16-11 with 8:49 left. The Hawks potted two of the game's final three goals with Villareal scoring at 4:25 and Brophy making good on a free position with 1:10 left, but it was too little, too late.
Freshman goalkeeper Jane Bunn (St. John's, Fla.) made five saves playing the first half in net, while sophomore Allee Ramzi (Cumberland, R.I.) stopped four shots in the second half. Doorman made two saves for the Falcons.
Bentley held a 33-18 shot advantage and won 19 of the game's 31 draw controls. The Hawks were 5-for-8 on free-position attempts, while the Falcons were 2-for-6.
The Hawks return to action Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m. when they take on Adelphi University. The next home game for the Hawks is Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m. when they play host to Le Moyne College at Grappone Stadium. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter @STAHawks.