Amherst, Mass. - November 11, 2017 - Senior captain Danny Murphy (Old Saybrook, Conn.) found the back of the net just 4:46 into the second half to lift the nationally-ranked Springfield College men's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Endicott College in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament First Round, hosted at Hitchcock Field on the campus of Amherst College.
This marks just the fourth time since 1999 that the Pride has qualified to play in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, and first time that Springfield College earned a victory, as it fell in the first round of its last three appearances. With the win, Springfield College will advance to take on No. 18 Amherst College on Sunday, November 12, back at Hitchcock Field. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m.
The Pride, which was ranked No. 23 in the latest D3soccer.com National Rankings and No. 25 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division III National Rankings, improves to 15-1-2 on the year, while with the loss, Endicott closes their season with a mark of 13-5-3. Springfield College held a 12-11 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, while both sides had four corner kicks.
In net for Springfield College, junior goalkeeper Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) notched three stops in the victory, while his counterpart, Camden Stockdale (Durham, Conn.) posted six saves for the Gulls in the setback.
After a back-and-forth start to the contest, Springfield College put some early pressure on the Gulls cage as it ripped off four shots in a span of 5:35, including a pair of corner kicks, but Stockdale and Endicott's defense held tough, keeping the Pride off the scoreboard. Just as Springfield College did early, the Gulls had chances towards the end of the first period, but Frank was able to stifle Endicott's offensive chances, keeping the game scoreless after one half.
Opening the second stanza, Murphy controlled the ball in the midfield and dribbled past a few defenders before launching a high arching shot towards goal, which sailed just over the outstretched hands of Stockdale and into the back of the net to make it 1-0, Springfield College, with 40:14 to play.
With 14:05 left in the game, Springfield College looked to push its lead to a pair when Murphy evaded a pair of Gulls defenders and took the ball towards the end line, before sliding a pass to Leland Malloy (Bethlehem, Conn.), who's header went just high, keeping the game at 1-0 in the Pride's favor. From there, Springfield College was able to hang on defensively, sealing the 1-0 win.