Springfield, Mass. April 15, 2014 - Despite a late-rally from the Springfield College mens lacrosse team, the Amherst College Lord Jeffs were able to hold off the Pride as they edged out a 13-12 victory in a rainy Tuesday night non-conference battle amongst top-ranked teams.
The No. 13-ranked Pride, led by junior attackman Dylan Sheehan (Massapequa, N.Y.) with three goals and one assist, fall to 9-3 overall, while the Lord Jeffs, ranked No. 18 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches Poll improve to 10-3 on the season.
Dating back to 2007, the contest between the two sides has been decided by a total of 10 goals, including seven one-goal games.
Springfield goalkeeper Connor Nash (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) made six saves for the Pride, as his counterpart, Greg Majno (Sudbury, Mass.) posted a career-best 20 saves in the victory.
Sophomore attackman Quinn Moroney (Manhasset, N.Y.) tacked on six assists in the victory, while Dylan Park picked up three points. Moroney came into the game as the nations leader in assists per game, averaging 4.00 a contest.
Just 1:33 into the contest, Devon Acton (Sudbury, Mass.) got open in the right alley and stung a shot into the back of the net to give the Lord Jeffs an early 1-0 edge.
Towards the end of the first quarter, at the 3:27 mark Moroney shook off his defender and threaded a cross-crease pass to Kane Haffey (Duxbury, Mass.) for an easy finish past Nash.
Just 37 seconds later, following a win at the faceoff x from Branden Fernandez (Warwick, N.Y.), senior attackman Ryon Lynch (Frederick, Md.) found Sheehan coming off a nice cut for an easy catch and finish to cut the Prides deficit in half.
Fernandez and his counterpart Johno Gibbons (San Francisco, Calif.) both finished the contest 13-for-25 from the faceoff x.
After back-to-back goals from Aaron Mathias (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Michael Litner (Villanova, Pa.), the Pride went on a three-goal tear including goals from Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.), senior Dom Roberto (Malden, Mass.) and senior captain Kevin Freeman (Minisink, N.Y.).
At the 9:34 mark of the second quarter, Boss collected a feed in the right-side alley and ripped a shot past Majno to bring the score to 4-2. Following suit, Roberto caught a pass in the right alley and hitched to the center of the field and fired a shot on-the-run into the back of the net to bring the Pride to within one. Freeman then found the nylon at the 7:13 mark to pull Springfield even at four apiece.
After a goal from Matt Killian (Summit, N.J) to give the Lord Jeffs a 5-4 lead, Springfield then went on another three-goal run spanning over the next 1:09, beginning with a high-to-high rip over the stick of Majno by senior Devin Abad (East Longmeadow, Mass.) to even the game at five.
Senior midfielder Matt Fleisher (Ramapo, N.J.) then found Ryan Murphy (Mansfield, Mass.) on the doorstep for an easy finish to give the Pride a one-goal lead. Fleisher then capped off the run with six seconds remaining in the first half when he caught a ball in transition and buried a shot, erupting the Springfield bench, who carried a 7-5 lead into the break.
Opening the second half, Lynch found Sheehan on the doorstep for a quick goal to push the Prides lead to three, but was quickly answered by a three-goal run from the Lord Jeffs, including goals from Patrick Moroney (Manhasset, N.Y.), Dylan Park (Charlottesville, Va.) and Acton to tie the game up at eight goals apiece.
Junior midfielder Bryce Serriello (Cape Cod, Mass.) caught a pass from Murphy with 4:35 mark of the third quarter and let loose a shot that trickled past Majno to give the Pride a one-goal lead.
In response, Amherst then went on another five-goal tear, capped off with a Kane Haffey goal to give the Lord Jeffs a 13-9 lead. Quinn Moroney assisted on four of the five goals in the run, including finding Patrick Moroney for a rip from 12-yards out.
Down four goals at the beginning of the final stanza, Sheehan picked up an unassisted goal to spark some momentum on the Springfield bench with 9:16 left in the contest. Just two minutes later, Freeman roll-dodged past his defender and stung a lefty shot from the alley to bring the Pride to within two.
With 3:08 left in the contest, Freeman led Serriello down the alley, in which the junior pulled from eight-yards out to bring Springfield to within one goal.
With possession and under thirty seconds remaining on the clock, Springfield drew up a play to their inside-finisher Sheehan for a last-second goal, but Majno came up big once again for Amherst, as the Lord Jeffs stormed the field as the buzzer sounded, signifying the 13-12 victory.
The Pride will be back in action when they host New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference-foe Emerson College on Saturday, April 19 on Stagg Field. The game is set to begin at 12 p.m. As for the Lord Jeffs, Amherst will be hosting rival Williams College on Saturday in a crucial New England Small College Athletic Conference matchup.