Norton, Mass. - April 27, 2019 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team opened up a 15-1 halftime lead and never looked back as it cruised to a 20-4 win at Wheaton in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday.
The victory lifts Springfield's record to 8-9, 5-2 in conference play, while Wheaton's season comes to a close with a 7-8, 1-6 mark. Springfield outshot Wheaton by a 49-35 margin and won 17 of the game's 26 face-offs en route to claiming a 26-18 edge in ground balls for the game.
Joe Hawley (Poulsbo, Wash.) continued to impress on the offensive side of the ball as he pumped in a career-high eight goals on just 11 shots, while Lucas Habich (Little Silver, N.J.) delivered two goals and a career-best six helpers. Joseph Cameron (Stoneham, Mass.) won 14-of-18 from the "X" and scooped up 11 ground balls to go along with two goals, and the goalkeeping duo of Cole Finerty (Kensington, N.H.) and Daniel Biesty (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) combined for seven stops between the pipes.
Hawley opened up the game with a pair of strikes in the opening five-plus minutes, only to have Wheaton's CJ Leighton score with 2:50 left in the quarter to make it a one-goal game. Hawley completed his hat trick just 24 seconds later to kickstart an offensive explosion in which the Pride netted six goals in just over two minutes to open up a 8-1 edge. Cameron completed the burst as he won the face-off with three seconds on the clock and blistered home a shot to beat the horn.
Cameron Glover (Brunswick, Maine) got the second-quarter scoring underway with 12:32 on the clock in a quarter where the visiting Pride found the back of the cage seven times. Hawley was responsible for four-straight goals, and Cameron once again scored as time expired to conclude the first half with Springfield owning a 15-1 advantage.
Wheaton scored the first two goals of the third quarter to pull within 15-3, but Ray McCarthy (Somers, Conn.) buried a pair of feed from Habich to give Springfield a 17-3 cushion heading into the final quarter.
In the final quarter, Springfield found the back of the cage three times, with Zachary Schuette (Ballston Spa, N.Y.), Hawley, and McCarthy each scored as Springfield coasted to the 20-4 conference win.
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