Virginia Beach, Va. - March 16, 2017 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team nearly knocked off the 10th-ranked Cortland Red Dragons on Thursday night, but was edged 9-8 in a non-conference showdown at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.
The Red Dragons, who were ranked 10th in the latest USILA National Coaches Poll, improved to 4-0, while the Pride lost for the first time in 2017 to drop to 2-1.
Cortland held a 43-24 edge in shots for the game, but the Pride's man-down unit did a great job all evening, holding the Red Dragons to just 2-for-7 on man-up chances. Duncan Preston (South Portland, Maine) tallied two goals and added an assist for the Pride, while Tom Hurley (Goffstown, N.H.) dished out two assists go along with a goal. Jake Reynolds (Scituate, Mass.) made 11 stops in the cage and Matthew LaCroix (Westfield, Mass.) picked up six ground balls.
Cortland opened up the game with the first marker when Andrew Gonzalez found the back of the cage at the 10:37 mark The Pride responded on a Hurley strike just over a minute later, but Cortland would put together a 3-1 surge over a 6:17 span to close out the first quarter with a 4-2 advantage.
The second quarter belong to Springfield as the Pride put together four unaswered goals to own a 6-4 cushion after 30 minutes of play. Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.) opened the scoring with 11:14 on the clock, followed by a goal from Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.) to tie the game at four with 9:45 remaining. Preston's second strike of the game put Springfield ahead for the first time all day at the 6:35 mark and Ty Daugstrup (Rocky River, Ohio) completed the burst with a goal a minute later off an pass from Boss.
Springfield's lead grew to 7-4 when Dom Abate (Beverly, Mass.) pumped home an unassisted goal with 7:55r emaining, only to have the Red Dragons string together three goals in a 1:46 span, including a pair by T.J. DeLyra, to close out the third quarter.
Cortland regained the lead on its second-consecutive man-up goal, this time by Nate Beresovoy nearly four minutes into the fourth, but Vail took advantage of a great feed from Hurley to knot the game at eight-all with 3:39 on the clock.
The Red Dragons then delivered the game-winning goal when defender Dave Foster went coast-to-coast for an unassisted goal with just 10 seconds remaining.
Springfield will head back north to face in-state rival Endicott on Sunday for a 1 pm tilt.