Syracuse, N.Y. - March 5, 2019 - For the second-straight year, the Springfield College men's lacrosse team battled RIT in the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University, and were defeated by a 21-4 margin on Tuesday evening.
The Tigers were ranked No. 3 in the most recent USILA Poll and improved to 3-0, while Springfield, which was also receiving votes in the national poll, dropped to 1-2.
Springfield struck for the game's first goal as Cole Pecora (North Haven, Conn.) broke free from his man and ripped a shot into the top right corner just under four minutes into the contest. After the Tigers answered with three goals in a 1:18 span starting at 7:53, Tommy Nash (Massapequa, N.Y.) got his hands free on the run, bouncing a shot into the back of the cage to make it a one-goal game at the 5:03 mark.
However, over the next 41-minutes of action, RIT would score 17 unanswered goals, as they took a 6-2 lead into the second quarter, an 11-2 advantage at the half, and an 18-2 cushion into the fourth quarter. Zachary Schuette (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) broke the Pride's scoreless streak when he blistered a shot into the top shelf off a great look from Patrick Watson (Franklin, Mass.) with 8:44 left in regulation. Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.) added a man-up goal off an assist by Joe Hawley (Poulsbo, Wash.) with under a minute to close out the scoring.
Cole Finerty (Kensington, N.H.) made 16 saves for Springfield as RIT owned a 51-27 advantage in shots. The Tigers won 22-of-29 face-offs and had a 46-29 edge in ground balls.
11 different players scored for RIT, led by Cam Isaac who netted six goals, while Dawson Tait tacked on three goals, and Shawn Nally added two goals and an assist. Landon Nolta won 12-of-13 from the "X" and Walker Hare made eight saves in goal to earn the win.
Up next, Springfield College will again travel to New York on Saturday, March 9 when it clashes with Union for a 1 pm tilt.
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