Springfield, Mass. - April 29, 2017 - For the ninth time in program history, the Springfield College men's lacrosse team clinched the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular-season title with a 15-10 win over MIT on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.
With the win, the Pride is now 10-4 overall with a record of 6-1 in the NEWMAC, while MIT falls to 10-5 on the year, with a record of 5-2 against league opponents. The Pride held a 46-26 shot advantage over 60 minutes of play, while also scooping up 32 ground balls to MIT's 24. Springfield College was 18-for-29 face-off "x", including a 15-for-25 performance from Matthew LaCroix (Westfield, Mass.) with Austin Sierra (Longmeadow, Mass.) finishing 3-for-4 in the win.
Leading the Pride offensively was Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.), as the sophomore had a team-best four points, including a goal and three assists, while Tom Hurley (Goffstown, N.H.) recorded three goals in the win. For MIT, Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) had a game-high five points including two goals and three assists, while Mitch Turley (Westfield, Ind.) had four goals in the setback.
In between the pipes for Springfield College, Jake Reynolds (Scituate, Mass.) made seven saves in the win, while his counterpart, Alexander Lynch (Roswell, Ga.) finished with eight stops.
After Hurley came off the crease and buried a feed from Vail to start the game, MIT answered with two quick goals from Turley and Jack Strachan (Moresville, N.C.) to take a brief 2-1 lead, before the Pride went on a four-goal run to end the half with a 5-2 lead.
Senior attackman Anthony Zabielski (Gansevoort, N.Y.) started the run with an unassisted goal with 9:55 on the clock, before Lucas Habich (Little Silver, N.J.) came up with a ground ball and nifty finish to give Springfield College a 3-2 advantage. From there, Brendan Dooley (Setauket, N.Y.) placed a shot off the post and in to make it 4-2, before Dom Abate (Beverly, Mass.) finished the run when he buried a feed from Habich with 1:52 to play in the stanza.
Hurley pushed the Pride's lead to four just 3:10 into the second quarter, before MIT made it a two-goal game on back-to-back strikes from Strachan and Turley, making it 6-4, Pride. After Ty Daugstrup (Rocky River, Ohio) scored to make it 7-4, Springfield College, MIT ended the half on a goal from Turley to make it 7-5, Pride, heading into the break.
MIT took control of the third quarter, scoring three-unanswered goals, including a pair from Stolzenberg to make it 8-7, Engineers, but the Pride regained momentum on a goal from Tim Cozens (Ridgefield, Conn.) with 1:04 to play in the third, making it 8-8.
It was all Springfield College in the early goings of the fourth quarter, as Dooley started the frame with his second goal of the game, before the Pride received goals from Vail, Duncan Preston (South Portland, Maine) and Hurley to make it 12-8 with 9:56 to play. Both sides traded goals before Daugstrup and Abate tallied insurance markers to seal the 15-10 win.
Up next, Springfield College will host Babson College in the NEWMAC Championship Semifinals on Wednesday, May 4 at at 7 p.m. on Stagg Field.