Beverly, Mass. - March 16, 2019 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team limited Endicott to just one second-half goal as it pulled away for an 8-4 non-conference victory on Saturday afternoon.
The win snapped the Pride's three-game losing skid as it improved to 2-3 on the 2019 campaign, while the Gulls dropped to 1-4.
Cole Finerty (Kensington, N.H.) continued to impress in goal as he produced 18 saves in a game where he faced 39 shots, allowing just four goals. Cameron Glover (Brunswick, Maine) handed out three assists in the victory, while Joe Hawley (Poulsbo, Wash.) netted two second-quarter goals to go along with an assist. Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.) also found the back of the cage twice and Lucas Habich (Little Silver, N.J.) registered a goal and an assist.
Endicott owned a 39-33 edge in shots and won 12 of the game's 16 face-offs. Each team turned the ball over 20 times, but Springfield's defense was especially impressive, holding the Gulls to 0-for-7 on man-up opportunities.
After Endicott scored the game's first goal at the 11:47 mark of the opening quarter, Chris DiFluri (South Hamilton, Mass.) converted in transition for the Pride with 8:27 on the clock. Matt Huggett (Greenfield, Mass.) buried a man-up strike off a look from Glover two minutes later for Springfield, only to have Endicott even the game at 2-2 with 1:27 remaining in the opening quarter.
Hawley gave the Pride a two-goal advantage when he delivered a man-down goal at 12:35, before adding his second-straight marker at 9:57 on Glover's second assist of the afternoon. Vail then closed out Springfield's three-goal burst as he scored down low at 6:57 to make it a 4-1 contest. Endicott finished out the first-half scoring win their first goal in almost 15 minutes to make it a 5-2 game at the break.
Vail would score the only goal of the third quarter when he finished a Hawley feed just one minute into the stanza. Springfield's lead would balloon to 8-3 when Habich and Zachary Schuette (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) scored late in the fourth quarter, before the Gulls scored with 44 seconds left in regulation to close out the scoring.
Springfield will next head west for a pair of games, as the Pride travel to Colorado for the first time since 1993. First up for Springfield will be Sewanee at Colorado College on Thursday, which will be played at 12 pm MST.
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