New England Lacrosse Journal - April 2017 - 19
Division 2-3 Men
AROUND DIV� 2 WOMEN
Junior Jessica Mazliah and graduate
student Kendall Cietek each scored a gamehigh six points to lead New Haven to an 11-10 win
over visiting Merrimack last month, extending the
team's unbeaten start to the season to 5-0 (3-0
Northeast-10)� Mazliah led all players on the day
with five goals, her second game of the season
with five or more� Cietek followed just behind her
with four goals, her third game with four or more,
while closing out the day with her most points in a
Chargers uniform, adding a pair of assists� ���
Stonehill's early two-goal lead may have
gotten No� 1 Adelphi's attention, but the nation's
top-ranked team turned the tables in a hurry in
pulling away to a 17-3 win last month� Freshman
Jennifer Wheaton (Dartmouth, Mass�) netted
two goals for Stonehill� Tallies by Wheaton and
senior Elizabeth Vetter in the opening 4:15
gave the Skyhawks (4-3, 3-1 NE-10) a two-goal
lead, but it was all Adelphi the rest of the way� ���
Amanda Burns (Billerica, Mass�) is enjoying an impactful start to her freshman season
at Assumption (3-2, 2-1 NE-10)� She was
named NE-10 Rookie of the Week on March
27 after leading the Greyhounds to wins over
Franklin Pierce (11-10 in OT) and AIC (14-7),
totaling 11 points in all� Her six goals and eight
points against AIC were career-highs� ...
Junior Meaghan Sheehy (Wilmot, N�H�)
matched a St� Anselm program record by producing 10 points in a 17-10 win at Tampa, recording
six goals and four assists� The Hawks (4-4, 2-2
NE-10) got out to a 10-4 lead at the break and
Sheehy equaled Marissa Daly's 10-point
performance at AIC on March 22, 2014�
- MIKE ZHE
Despite being a junior, Brokaw has
emerged as a leader for the Mules just because of her play on the field. Just six seniors are on the roster, and none of them
Still, a culture of leadership has
"We've developed a great way," Brokaw
said. "Older girls do a great job leading
the younger players. As a junior, I've been
able to do the same thing. The leadership
has been great."
Since 2009, nine NESCAC teams have
found themselves involved in the women's Division 3 title game.
Colby is looking to make that next push.
"As a team we're in a good place," Henning said. "We just need to take the next
step; we play well, but we have to for 60
minutes. The defense is great at causing
turnovers, at times the offense needs to
find a rhythm."
Behind the leadership of Brokaw, and
what's starting to look like one of the best
defenses in the conference, the Mules don't
seem far away from that next step.
from Division 3
College to Bentley,
where he is
following in the
footsteps of his
and Nick (right).
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graduated in 2016.
From that, Murphy said it's been special to coach the Astarita family for so
long, and Nick and Mike's contributions
to the program made Alex's transfer
process seamless. He'd visited Bentley
while his brothers were student-athletes,
and even shared the field with Mike
when he was a senior last spring.
Astarita said it's a special feeling following in his older brothers' footsteps.
"When my oldest brother was a freshman
here, I was the one watching him on the sidelines," Astarita said. "It's cool to see that transition process to where now it's my oldest
brother watching me from the sidelines now.
I'm pretty fortunate to be in this position."
That role reversal stood out to Nick
when reflecting upon what it's like seeing
Alex put on his No. 33 jersey. He said he
often works six or seven days a week but
always tries to take a few hours off to watch
Alex's games, especially the home ones.
When they were younger, Nick remembered "dragging the little guy
along" to practice on their own, only for
Alex to practice "practically every day"
by himself as he aged. Nick also recalled
a photo he recently posted to Facebook
of a younger Alex wearing goalie pads
after his brothers shot on him.
Pausing for a second to laugh, Nick
added: "When I found out Alex was going to Bentley, I was so excited. Watching my little brothers play together was
From his ACL tear to rehab to transferring to family connections at Bentley, Astarita already has built up quite the story,
all before he's halfway done with college.
But, in his words, he's not done yet.
Whether it's through feeding or finishing himself, Astarita is Murphy's goto attack on a unit that averages roughly
11 goals a game and is in the hunt for its
first NE-10 title. Getting there is a tall
task, too, mainly with conference foes
such as LeMoyne, Merrimack and Saint
Anselm standing in the way.
And, if Murphy had to guess, Astarita
will continue to thrive, especially in playing
alongside Matt Sanford (Stratham, N.H.),
someone he knows from his New Hampshire Tomahawks days. The two of them,
along with senior John Wheeler (Scarborough, Maine), share the team lead with six
goals apiece through the first four games.
AROUND DIVISION 3 MEN
Senior captain Charlie Fay (Falmouth, Maine) matched his career-high
with six goals and nationally-ranked Bates extended its perfect start to 7-0
with a 17-11 win at previously-undefeated Williams on March 25� A big first
half saw the Bobcats build a 10-4 lead and that proved to be the difference
in the game� Bates got off to a quick start, scoring the first three goals of the
game, with Fay tallying two of those back-to-back in under a minute� The win
marked the seventh-ranked Bobcats' first victory at Williams since 2006� ���
Second-ranked Tufts used a four-goal flurry in the third quarter to build a
13-8 lead and then held off No� 8 Stevenson for a big 16-13 road win on March
21� The Jumbos (7-0) clung to a one-goal lead with 10:22 remaining in the
third quarter, but then got goals by Lucas Johnson, Michael Mattson,
Danny Murphy and John Cordrey in rapid succession to push the lead back
"You saw that combination growing
last year, but it's continuing to grow now,"
Murphy said. "Our philosophy is finding
the player's strengths and hoping to surround them with other players that can
help them build their own strengths. We
want to make sure we're putting him in a
situation of success and comfort."
Astarita has found just that in Waltham,
Mass., and he said that he still has room to
grow as he further recovers from his ACL
tear. His sophomore season, he added, is
bound to have mistakes, but the key is putting those in the rearview and not getting
caught up in the emotions.
If he does just that, expect more accolades to come rolling his way. Astarita,
however, has his focus set elsewhere.
"It's just something on paper and it
doesn't show how well I perform on the
field," Astarita said. "The same goes for
high school. People who know me, they
know I have zero care for whatever accolades I get. It's just how well I perform at
the end of the year and how my team does.
I'm not focused on my stats or anything. I
just want to win at the end of the day."
to five� Zach Richman finished with five goals for the Jumbos, while Cordrey
had three goals and four assists� ���
Wesleyan junior attack Harry Stanton (New Canaan, Conn�) had a big
week to spur the Cardinals to two more wins� He totaled 14 points on 11 goals
and three assists, and added six groundballs� In an 11-4 win over Vassar, he
scored five goals and dished out an assist� He followed that up with a six-goal
performance in a 17-15 road win at Middlebury� In late March, Wesleyan
hadn't lost since getting nipped by Bates, 15-14, in its opener� ...
Springfield College junior Jake Reynolds (Scituate, Mass�) is enjoying a
season to remember in the NEWMAC� Three times this year, he has been named
the league's Defensive Athlete of the Week� Through five games, he ranks
among the Div� 3 leaders in saves per game (16�6) and save percentage (�648)�
The Pride were 4-1 in late March following a 14-8 win over city rival Western
- MIKE ZHE
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