Gerry
Bentley

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Junior Hannah Gerry netted the game's only goal at 4:44 of the first overtime and the Falcon defense blanked the high-scoring River Hawks as Bentley topped defending UMass-Lowell 1-0 on Thursday night.

Bentley snapped a two-game slide and improved to 5-6 overall (3-1 NE-10). UMass-Lowell, which had won 11 in a row and 35 of its last 36, dropped to 11-2 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Before falling to the Falcons, the River Hawks had won their last 15 NE-10 games and their last 31 against conference opponents.

From the top of the circle, Falcon junior Nicole Dion sent the ball inside to Gerry, who was open near the goal mouth. She knocked it in for her second goal of the season, stunning the visiting River Hawks.  Ironically, Bentley coach Jessica Spencer had a sub at the scorer's table waiting to go in for Gerry.

UMass-Lowell entered the contest as the number two scoring team nationally, averaging better than five goals a game.  The Falcon defense shut them down, allowing only nine shots and five penalty corners, all coming before halftime.

Junior Julia Powell made five saves for Bentley, and the defensive quartet of senior Lacey Cumming, junior Kelsey Mattson, sophomore Mollie Ricker and senior Ariann Williams  turned in a sparkling effort in containing UMass-Lowell.

Both teams finished with nine shots, and Bentley had a 7-5 edge in penalty corners, including six in the second half.