Hoboken, N.J. - March 3, 2018 - Despite holding a 12-9 lead midway through the fourt quarter, the Springfield College men's lacrosse team was toppled by 16th-ranked Stevens, 13-12, in non-conference action at the DeBaun Athletic Complex.
Stevens, ranked 16 in the country in the latest USILA National Coaches Poll, improved to 3-0, while the Pride dropped to 1-2.
For Springfield, Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.) totaled three goals and two assists, both Tom Hurley (Goffstown, N.H.) and Duncan Preston (South Portland, Maine) added three goals, and Matt Allen (Chevy Chase, Md.) handed out four assists. Joseph Cameron (Stoneham, Mass.) dominated the face-off "X", winning 23-of-28 draws and picking up 14 ground balls. Between the pipes, Jake Reynolds (Scituate, Mass.) was credited with 10 stops.
After the Ducks opened with the game's first goal at the 12:37 mark, Springfield answered with goals from Lucas Habich (Little Silver, N.J.) and Cameron Glover (Brunswick, Maine) a minute apart to put the visitors on top with 7:48 to play in the first. The hosts responded with two unassisted markers to regain a 3-2 lead, only to have Hurley strike with 1:31 on the clock to make it a 3-3 game after 15 minutes of play.
The Ducks would net the first goal of the second quarter, only to have Springfield pour on a 4-1 run to close out the stanza and head into the break with a 7-5 cushion. Habich and Preston provided the fireworks with two goals in the final 11 seconds, wrapping up a half in which Springfield held a 23-15 edge in shots.
The teams combined for eight goals in the third quarter, as Stevens scored three of the first four to knot the contest at 8-8. However, the Pride then strung together four of the next five goals in the game, bookended by unassisted strikes from Preston to give Springfield a 12-9 lead with 8:01 left in regulation. Stevens would battle their way back, finding the back of the cage three times in a span of 2:06, before pumping home the eventual game-winner with just 11 seconds remaining.
Springfield will now prepare to take on the nation's top-ranked team, RIT, when it plays in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse on Wednesday night at 6 pm.