New London, Conn. - April 18, 2018 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team poured in five goals in the fourth quarter as it topped Coast Guard by an 11-8 margin on Wednesday night in an important New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) showdown.
The win boosts the Pride's record to 8-5, 3-1, while Coast Guard, which was receiving votes in the latest USILA National Poll, had its five-game winning streak snapped to drop to 10-3, 3-1.
Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.) was sensational for Springfield as he turned in three goals and three assists, while Lucas Habich (Silver Lake, N.J.) netted a hat trick. Jake Reynolds (Scituate, Mass.) was credited with the win in goal, making 10 stops. Springfield held a slight 36-31 advantage, but was aggressive on its ride all night and limited the Bears to 18-for-26 on their clear attempts.
The Bears were led by Ian Logan, Anthony Wyler, Riley McNulty who had two goals each.
The Pride netted the first two goals of the game, as Habich punched in a man-up marker at 8:08 before Duncan Preston (South Portland, Maine) got free for a lefty rip from 12 yards out with 4:45 to go in the first. The hosts answered back with two goals in the opening four-plus minutes of the second quarter before Vail put Springfield back on top at 8:02 off a great look from Tom Hurley (Goffstown, N.H.). However, the Bears scored two goals in a 50-second span in the final 1:31 to own a 4-3 edge at halftime.
The Pride stormed out of the third quarter, registering three goals in the first 5:33, including strikes from Preston and Vail, as well as an own goal by Coast Guard. The Bears would respond with a pair of unassisted goals to close the stanza and even things at six goals apiece.
Springfield opened up the fourth quarter with four-straight goals in the opening five minutes, as a pair of Habich strikes bookended a burst that included goals from Vail and Tanner Garitta (Madison, Conn.). The Bears pulled within 10-8 with 3:55 remaining in regulation, but Hurley put the exclamation point on the win, finishing an empty netter in the final seconds.
Springfield will head back to Stagg Field for another NEWMAC clash with MIT on Saturday at 4 pm.