Springfield, Mass. - April 4, 2015 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse program scored 18 of its 20 goals in the first half, as it cruised to a 20-7 victory over the Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.
With the win, the Pride improve to 4-6 overall on the season, and even its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) record to 1-1. With the loss, the Buccaneers fall to 6-4 in 2015, and 1-1 in league play.
Springfield was led by Dylan Sheehan (Massapequa, N.Y.), who tied his career-high with eight points, and junior attackman Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.), who posted a career-best six point outing including four goals and two assists. Junior Kevin Dean (Westhampton, N.Y.) added four points including three goals and one assist in the win.
Senior midfielder Mark Gonzalez (Tolland, Conn.) was outstanding at the face-off "x" on the afternoon, as he went 17-for-18 and picked up 11 ground balls, while Tyler Heckmann (Brookfield, Conn.) and Matt LaCroix (Westfield, Mass.) combined to go 8-for-10 on the day.
In net for the Pride, four goalkeepers saw action, as Chris Santaniello (West Springfield, Mass.) started the contest and finished with a team-high four saves, while Kevin Ostrom (Barnstable, Mass.), Doug Sattler (South Hadley, Mass.) and Chad Molyneux (Ridgefield, Conn.) all played as well.
For the Buccaneers, Reed McLean (Wilbraham, Mass.) posted a team-high three goals, while Ryan McNeil (Burlington, Mass.) tacked on a goal and one assist in the loss. In net, James Klose (Elliot City, Md.) posted a game-high 15 stops for Mass. Maritime.
Springfield outshot Mass. Maritime 60-19 on the afternoon, while also holding a 45-17 advantage in ground balls. The Pride was a perfect 16-for-16 on clears.
Boss struck first for the Pride, as he took a pass from Kevin Sainte (Belmont, Mass.) and found the back of the net 3:10 into the contest to give the Pride a 1-0 lead. Just seven seconds later, Sheehan netted his first of the game off an assist from Boss to cap off a fast break initiated from Gonzalez.
Springfield then received scoring from Jamey Conley (Waltham, Mass.), Boss and Sheehan in a span of 1:07 to go up 5-0, before Boss completed his hat trick when he took a feed from Sheehan and fired a shot past Klose to give the Pride a 6-0 cushion.
After three more strikes from Conley, Dean and Dom Abate (Beverly, Mass.), the Buccaneers got on the board when Steven Anderson (Crownsville, Md.) snuck a shot past the shoulder of Santaniello to cut its deficit to eight.
Springfield then pumped in three more goals before the end of the opening quarter, as Bryce Serriello (Barnstable, Mass.), Sainte and Sheehan all scored to give the Pride a 12-1 lead at the break.
Dean scored his third of the contest just 3:32 into the second quarter off a feed from Sheehan to put the Pride up 12, before Ben Menard (South Hadley, Mass.) found the back of the net to give Springfield a 14-1 lead.
With 10:11 left until halftime, McLean netted his first of the game when dodged down the right alley and fired a shot past Santaniello to cut the Buccaneers deficit back to 12, before Springfield scored four more times to end the half, including tallies from Dean, Boss, Tom Hurley (Goffstown, N.H.) and Sainte to end the half with the Pride up 18-2.
Mass. Maritime scored twice in the third quarter, as Sean Staples (Norwell, Mass.) and McLean cut the Buccaneers' margin to 14, before McNeil opened the fourth with another tally to make it an 18-5 contest.
Mass Maritime scored its fourth-straight goal of the contest with 9:54 left in the contest as McLean completed his hat trick after taking a pass from Dylan Freudenberg (Islip, N.Y.) and finding the back of the net, before Duncan Preston (South Portland, Maine) and Jesse Freedman (Granby, Conn.) scored back-to-back goals to make it 20-6, Springfield.
Anthony Kurylak (Exeter, N.H.) finished the game's scoring when he scored with seven seconds remaining to make it 20-7, Springfield.
Up next, the Pride will be heading north and taking on No. 7 Middlebury on Wednesday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m.