Springfield, Mass. - April 15, 2015 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team breezed past Coast Guard, 23-6, in the teams first-ever meeting on Wednesday evening in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on Stagg Field.
Springfield improves to 6-7, 3-1 in conference action, while in its first year as a varsity collegiate program, Coast Guard dropped to 2-9, 0-4 in NEWMAC play.
For the game, the Pride held a 61-24 edge in shots and a 51-17 cushion in ground balls. Springfield was especially impressive in the face-off category, winning 24-of-31 on the night.
Dylan Sheehan (Massapequa, N.Y.) hit a career milestone in the first quarter as he became the 17th player in program history to register 100 career goals. The senior led the Pride with seven points, including two goals and five assists in the first half. Mark Gonzalez (Tolland, Conn.) was dominant at the "X" for the Springfield, winning 16-of-19 draws to go along with 10 ground balls. Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.) added five points, pumping in five goals and an assist in the opening half, while Bryce Serriello (Cape Cod, Mass.) tallied a hat trick.
Chris Santaniello (West Springfield, Mass.) was one of four Springfield goalies to play, and he earned the win after allowing zero goals in 30 minutes of action.
Coast Guard was paced by Robert McKenna, as he found the back of the cage three times on the night, including a pair of man-up strikes. Matt McAllister played strong in net off the bench, producing seven saves in just over 35 minutes of action.
The Pride wasted little time setting the tone of the opening quarter as Gonzalez won the opening face-off and hit Boss for the game's first strike just seven seconds into the game.
Springfield continued to pour on the offensive pressure and Sheehan ripped a low-to-high strike with 9:37 on the clock to reach his milestone. Four more goals in a three-minute span, including two from Boss, put the hosts up 9-0 at the end of the first.
Serriello stung a shot from 12 yards out just 1:14 into the second quarter to keep the offense for the Pride rolling as it went on to net eight goals from seven different players in the quarter to surge its way to a 17-0 halftime lead.
The teams would trade the next six goals, with McKenna opening the second half scoring for Coast Guard on an unassisted man-up marker at 12:18. Goals from Manny Mendoza (Yorktown, N.Y.) and Justin Renk (Liverpool, N.Y.) pushed the lead to 22-3 with 6:39 left in regulation before the visitors closed out the game with three of the final four goals to make it a 23-6 ball game.
The Pride will hit the road this weekend to take on Wheaton College on Saturday for a 1:00 pm contest.