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No. 12 Amherst Holds Off Men's Lacrosse, 18-14

No. 12 Amherst Holds Off Men's Lacrosse, 18-14

Amherst, Mass. - March 29, 2017 - Despite a late fourth-quarter push, the Springfield College men's lacrosse team was defeated by Amherst College, 18-14, on Gooding Field Wednesday afternoon in non-conference play.

Amherst ented the day ranked 12th in the latest USILA National Coaches Poll, and is now 6-2, while the setback dropped Springfield to 4-2.

Tom Hurley (Goffstown, N.H.) led all players with seven points off four goals and three assists, while Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.) added three goals of his own.  Jake Reynolds (Scituate, Mass.) made 12 saves as the Pride was outshot in the game by a 61-47 margin.  The Pride struggled to have possession in the contest, as Amherst went 27-for-35 from the face-off "X".

Springfield owned a 3-1 lead early in the second quarter, but the hosts used an 11-3 run over the next 14-plus minutes to own a six-goal lead three minutes into the third quarter.  Amherst's lead would grow to as many as eight goals before a late push from the Pride made it a four-goal contest.

Matthew LaCroix (Westfield, Mass.) netted the game's first goal just 12 seconds into the contest as he won the opening face-off and raced down field to score his first of the season.

After Amherst evened the game at one at the 6:31 mark, the Pride regained a 2-1 lead when Hurley blistered a feed to Ty Daugstrup (Rocky River, Ohio), who ripped a low shot into the back of the cage with six seconds remaining.

Springfield's lead grew to 3-1 when Brendan Dooley (Setauket, N.Y.) snagged a ground ball at midfield and found Vail in transition 15 seconds into the second quarter. However, Amherst's offense would find its rhythm, burying four goals in 1:57 to earn a 5-3 lead and force the visitors into a timeout.  

Dom Abate (Beverly, Mass.) broke Amherst's scoring burst as he got free from behind the cage for an unassisted strike with 5:52 on the clock, but the Purple and White answered back 51 seconds later getting free for a goal inside.

Springfield closed within one as Abate found Vail on the doorstep to make it a 6-5 contest at the 3:49 mark, only to have Amherst close out the half with four-consecutive goals to own a 10-5 cushion at the break.

Amherst scored six more goals in the third quarter, including a pair of man-up markers, as it stretched its lead to 16-8.  Springfield made a late push, getting four goals in the last 2:29, including three from Hurley, but the Pride's comeback ran out of time and Amherst held on for the 18-14 triumph. 

Springfield will open up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday when it hosts Babson in a rematch of last year's conference championship game.  Face-off is set for 1 pm.

Photo by Mark Finerty