Waltham, Mass. – Junior goalie Mike Haggan (Braintree, Mass./BC High) made 18 saves to help the Bentley men's lacrosse team defeat Saint Michael's 12-5 on Saturday.
The Falcons (6-2, 4-2 NE10) have now won three straight games after today's victory.
Haggan bested his previous season high of 16 saves, as he stopped 18 of 20 shots faced today for a 90.0 percent save percentage, a season high as well.
Bentley led from start to finish as a goal by sophomore Connor Baughan (Foxborough, Mass./Portsmouth Abbey) gave them a 1-0 lead 4:29 into the game. Following Baughan's goal, Bentley reeled off five goals in a span of less than six minutes. Starting with senior Alex Astarita's (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) goal at the 8:38 mark, Bentley jumped out to a big lead that they would not come close to relinquishing.
Michael Fricke (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor) followed Astarita's goal 1:20 later, and 1:16 after Fricke's goal, junior Matt Brooks (Brunswick, Maine/Phillips Exeter) found the back of the net for a 4-0 lead. Freshman Ryan Birch (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) and Kris Campbell (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) closed the run with goals at 4:36 and 2:51.
Saint Michael's got on the board with a goal by Jon Lockwood 2:21 into the 2nd quarter, but that was quickly answered by a goal from Fricke, assisted by Dom Cioffi (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) 1:25 later. Campbell and Brooks netted goals in the final two minutes as Bentley took a 9-1 lead into halftime.
Meanwhile Haggan had 9 stops at the half with just one goal allowed.
Haggan made five saves in the 3rd quarter and four saves in the 4th quarter before he gave way to senior Sean Bennett (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton), who made four saves.
Sophomore Matt Mulcahy (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) led the Bentley defense with three caused turnovers.
The Falcons next head into a big week which sees them visit Assumption on Wednesday night and host Saint Anselm next Saturday.