Springfield, Mass. - March 28, 2015 - In an attempt to erase a five-goal deficit with 1:41 remaining in the contest, the Springfield College men's lacrosse program scored three goals in 1:01, but could not rally back and was defeated by Babson College, 12-10, on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.
With the loss, Springfield falls to 3-5 on the season and 0-1 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), while the Beavers even its record at 4-4 on the year and pick up its first conference victory of the season.
For Springfield, senior attackman Dylan Sheehan (Massapequa, N.Y.) led the way with four goals on seven shots, while junior attackman Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.) added a pair in the loss. Junior goalkeeper Kevin Ostrom (Barnstable, Mass.) registered seven saves, while sophomore Chris Santaniello (West Springfield, Mass.) came on in relief and posted six stops in a little over a quarter of play. Senior midfielder Mark Gonzalez (Tolland, Conn.) dominated the faceoff "x" on the afternoon, going 17-for-25 and picking up seven groundballs over the course of the contest.
As for the Beavers, junior attackman Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.) registered three goals, while Matthew Logan (Downingtown, Pa.) notched a four-point performance, including two goals and as many assists to help Babson to victory. Freshman goalkeeper Jordan Shapiro (Pleasantville, N.Y.) posted 11 saves and picked up the victory on the afternoon.
Babson struck first when Logan buried a shot from 10-yards out with 10:01 on the board to give the Beavers and early 1-0 edge. Just 1:04 later, Boss scored from 12-yards out on a feed from Bryce Serriello (Barnstable, Mass.) to pull the Pride even at one goal apiece.
With 4:08 remaining in the opening quarter, Sheehan stung a shot from 10-yards out in front of the Babson cage after receiving a pass from classmate Jamey Conley (Waltham, Mass.) to put the hosts up 2-1.
Just 36 seconds into the second, Low tied it up at a pair after finishing off a feed from Logan, before Sheehan scored just a few minutes later on the crease after burying a last-second pass from Dom Abate (Beverly, Mass.) to give the Pride a one-goal edge.
Babson's Scott Doten (Western Springs, Ill.) helped the Beavers even the game once again after a shot that found the top-left corner from 15-yards out off of a feed from Brendan Coan (Towson, Md.) before Sheehan put the Pride back up one after curling into the crease and burying a low-to-high shot off a feed from Serriello to make it a 4-3 contest.
With 2:31 left in the half, Conley took a pass from Serriello and dodged down the backside alley, beating his man and firing a shot on the run past Shapiro to give the Pride a two-goal cushion, leading 5-3.
After a costly turnover from Springfield with under 1:00 remaining in the half, Babson went down the other way only to cap its possession with a goal from Low with 19 seconds remaining to send the Beavers into halftime down just one.
The Beavers opened the second half with a big goal from Coan, who took a feed from Austin Fabel (East Rockaway, N.Y.) on the right side and found twine to even the game at five goals apiece, before Abate carried down the right alley on the ensuing possession and found Boss open on the backside for an easy finish to give the Pride back its one-goal lead.
With 7:15 remaining in the third quarter, Logan found some space on the left side and let a shot fly, finising the top right corner to even the game at six goals apiece. Just 34 seconds later, Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.) pushed transition and pulled a shot from the right side and beat Ostrom to give the Beavers a one-goal lead midway through the third.
At the 6:10 mark of the third quarter, Babson pushed its lead to a pair when Phil Russo (Middleton, Mass.) dodged down the right alley and bounced a shot into the back of the net, before Low picked up a loose ball in front of the net and found the back of the net to give the Beavers a 9-6 lead with 32 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Barsalou added another with 11:42 left in the contest when Logan carried the ball to goal-line extended before finding the senior up top, who caught the pass and let a shot rip into the bottom left corner of the net to make it 10-6, Babson.
Senior attackman Kevin Sainte (Belmont, Mass.) helped cut the Pride's deficit to three after taking his defenseman from the endline and burying a jump shot to make it 10-7, Babson.
With 3:13 left in the contest, Low took a pass from Fabel behind the net and was able to bury a shot to help the Beavers regain its four-point lead. After John Harrison (Pembroke, Mass.) made it 12-7, Babson with under two minutes left in the contest, Sheehan cut the Pride's deficit back to four when he cut to the crease and let a shot go from the hip, firing a shot past Shapiro to make it 12-8, Babson.
With 36 seconds remaining, Sainte found Kevin Dean (Westhampton, N.Y.) at the top of the box, as the junior ripped a shot into the top-right corner to make it a three-goal game, before Matt Dalton (Somers, N.Y.) scored in transition on the next faceoff to make it 12-10, Babson, with 19 seconds left.
Springfield was not able to complete the comeback, as Babson defeated the Pride, 12-10. Springfield will return to action on Thursday, April 2 when it will travel to take on cross-town rival Western New England at 4 p.m.