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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Rogers propels Bentley stickers into national semis


Mary Rogers looking for another score.
(Photo courtesy of Bentley College)

The beat goes on for Watertown's Mary Rogers and the Bentley College field hockey team.

Rogers, the all-time leading scorer in Division 2 history, connected for a pair of goals Saturday afternoon to power the Falcons past host Stonehill 3-1 in the NCAA North Regional tournament. The next stop is Thursday's NCAA Division 2 national semifinals in Pensacola, Fla., the fifth time in the last seven years that Bentley has advanced to the national semis.

Bentley (16-5) will take on Northeast-10 Conference rival UMass-Lowell as part of the Division 2 Fall Festival.

"We had a lot to prove to ourselves and everyone else," said Bentley coach Kelly McGowan, after her squad recorded its first win in four tries on Stonehill's W.B. Mason Field. "Everything is finally clicking at the right time."

Rogers now has 204 career points, with 82 goals.

Also Saturday, sophomore Lorraine Wingenbach (12 kills) earned tourney MVP honors as the Brandeis women's volleyball team (22-17) captured its first-ever ECAC Division 3 New England title with a 3-0 (30-19, 30-19, 30-17) victory over Colby-Sawyer College Saturday at Red Auerbach Arena. The Judges beat Keene State in the semis, 3-0.

-- Craig Larson

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