WALTHAM, Mass. — Taylor Bastien broke an eight-all tie with 31 seconds remaing to lift No. 9 Bentley to a 9-8 victory against No. 7 New Haven in the quarterfinals of the Northeast-10 Women’s Lacrosse Championships on Wednesday night.
The win puts Bentley into the NE-10 semifinals for the first time since 2007. The victory was also Bentley’s 13th of the season, which tied the program record. New Haven’s season comes to an end at 13-5.
Bentley never trailed, and led from the 21:02 mark of the first half all the way until there was 2:01 remaining in the contest, when New Haven’s Ashley Ferrandiz scored a man-down goal to tie the score at eight.
The Falcons won the ensuing draw control, but turned the ball over, only to get it back seconds later after the Chargers turned it over on the clear attempt. After a foul on the Chargers’ Kerri Foley with 37 seconds remaining, Carolyn Kynoch fed Bastien the ball on the restart, and she beat goalie Maureen Spellman for her third goal of the game
Bastien then won the draw control and Bentley was able to run out the clock for the win.
The Falcons led by as much as 5-1 with 9:11 left in the first half after a 4-0 run, but New Haven chipped away at the deficit by scoring three of the half’s last four goals to make it 6-4, Bentley at halftime.
Bentley went up 8-5 with 12:49 remaining in the game on Jackie Brown’s second score of the night. New Haven’s Alexis Gabbe pulled the Chargers to within two on a man-up goal with 10:02 to play, and after a scoring drought of almost seven minutes, Kathryn Campbell made it a one-goal game with another man-up goal with 3:51 left. Ferrandiz scored to tie the game 1:40 later.
New Haven outshot Bentley 24-17 on the night, but Falcon goalie Ally Dorman came up with eight saves.