Springfield, Mass. - March 25, 2017 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first half and cruised to a 14-8 victory over crosstown-rival Western New England on a rainy, Saturday afternoon at Golden Bear Stadium.
Springfield improved to 4-1 with the victory while the Golden Bears are still in search of their first win this season, dropping to 0-7.
Tom Hurley (Goffstown, N.H.) led all scorers with three goals and three assists, while fellow attackman Lucas Habich (Little Silver, N.J.) tacked on three goals and and an assist. Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.) totaled three goals and an assist out of the midfield, and Duncan Preston (South Portland, Maine) chipped in three helpers.
Jake Reynolds (Scituate, Mass.) continued to be a stalwart between the pipes, totaling 16 saves in the victory, while the Pride's defensive unit as a whole was tremendous, holding the hosts to just 1-for-7 on man-up opportunities. Additionally, Brendan Dooley (Setauket, N.Y.) caused three turnovers and Reynolds picked up six ground balls.
After the teams traded goals in the opening 1:24, Springfield strung together five-straight goals over the next seven-plus minutes to take a commanding 6-1 lead. Boss and Dom Abate (Beverly, Mass.) got the spurt started with unassisted goals before Ty Daugstrup (Rocky River, Ohio) and Hurley scored a little over a minute apart. Boss concluded the burst with his second unassisted strike of the quarter and the Pride went into the second quarter with a 6-2 advantage.
The second quarter belonged entirely to Springfield, as the visitors outscored the Golden Bears, 6-1, to own a 12-3 cushion heading into the halftime break. A balanced scoring attack saw five different Pride scorers find the back of the cage, with Habich accounting for a pair of markers.
Hurley buried a great look from Habich just under two minutes into the second half to push Springfield's lead to 10, only to have WNE make a push, scoring four unaswered goals over a 17-minute span to close within 13-7. Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.) gave the Pride its 14th goal of the game with 5:51 remaining and the visitors held on for the 14-8 triumph.
The Pride will play again next Wednesday when it wraps up its four-game roadswing against 10th-ranked Amherst at 4:30.
Photo by Mark Finerty