Hoboken, N.J. - May 9, 2018 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team had a five-goal third-quarter lead slip away as No. 14 Stevens rallied for a 10-9 overtime victory in the NCAA Division III Championship Second Round at DeBaun Athletic Complete on Wednesday evening.
Springfield, which made its 11th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament after claiming the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship this past weekend, had its year conclude with a 13-6 record. Stevens, ranked 14th in the most recent United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Assocation (USILA)/Nike National Coaches Poll, is now 18-2 and advances to face RIT in the NCAA Sweet 16.
The Pride was seemingly in control, leading 9-4 with 11:31 left in the third quarter, but the Ducks would hold Springfield off the scoreboard for the final 27-plus minutes of the game to rally for the victory. Earlier this season on March 3, Springfield and Stevens had a similar game, as the Ducks rallied with four-straight goals in the final 5:26 to earn the 13-12 triumph.
For Springfield, Jake Reynolds (Scituate, Mass.) finished his illustrious career making 18 saves in the setback. Joe Hawley (Poulsbo, Wash.) had a team-best three points, while Cameron Glover (Brunswick, Maine) and Duncan Preston (South Portland, Maine) had scored twice. Stevens finished the game with a 39-32 advantage in shots and a 25-21 edge in ground balls. The Ducks won 14-of-21 from the face-off "X" and committed just seven turnovers.
Max Bailey handed out three assists, Ryan Gebhardt scored three goals, and Nicholas Carnovale won 12-of-17 on the face-offs for the Ducks. Jack Braswell was tremendous between the pipes in the final 27:48, allowing zero goals while making five stops.
After Stevens opened up the game with a pair of goals just 57 seconds apart with 9:53 in the opening quarter, Preston dodged down the left alley and buried the Pride's first marker of the game at the 7:43 mark. Stevens would gain a 3-1 advantage on a strike by John Bouturiera at 3:13, only to have Hawley stick a Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.) feed at 1:44 and Tom Hurley (Goffstown, N.H.) find the back of the cage with 26 seconds remaining to knot the contest at three-all after 15 minutes of play.
The second quarter belonged to Springfield as it held an 11-7 advantage in shots and Reynolds produced five saves. Glover opened up scoring in the stanza with an unassisted marker at 8:00, before Matt Allen (Chevy Chase, Md.) shook his defender and stung the stop shelf at 5:01. The Pride's Lucas Habich (Little Silver, N.J.) then delivered a man-up goal at 3:45 and Preston ripped his second of the game with 23 seconds remaining in the half off a great look from Chris Cunnington (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) for the 7-3 halftime cushion.
The Ducks would score the first goal of the second half on a man-up opportunity as they started with possession, only have Allen slip a great pass along the crease to Hawley, who punched home his second of the contest. Springfield would then gain its largest lead of the evening when Glover got free for his second of the evening on a terrific individual effort at 11:31 for what would prove to be the Pride's final goal of the evening.
Stevens would close out the third quarter with three goals, starting with a goal from Bryan Rogers at 8:40 before Gebhardt and Eric Radbourne scored unassisted goals at 7:28 and 14 seconds. In the fourth, Brendan Monteleone rung a man-up goal just 24 seconds in and Tommy Dawson knotted things at up for the first time since 26 seconds in the first quarter on an unassisted goal with 12:38. It would be a back-and-forth final period, with Springfield having the final possession after a save by Reynolds and a key ground ball by Cunnington, which allowed the Pride to call for a timeout with 59 seconds left. Out of the break, Preston was able to get a shot off in the final seconds, but Braswell came through with a huge stop to force overtime.
In the extra session, Stevens won the face-off and called timeout, setting up the overtime heroics. Reynolds made a sensational save on the Ducks first bid, but Monteleone came up with a critical ground ball and Gebhardt scored after curling around the cage and finishing while going to the turf to complete the comeback bid.