Worcester, Mass. - April 26, 2017 - Led by an impressive performance in the face-off "x" from Matthew LaCroix (Westfield, Mass.) and three-goal efforts from Duncan Preston (South Portland, Maine) and Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.), the Springfield College men's lacrosse team picked up an important 15-9 win over Clark in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Wednesday night at Granger Field.
With the win, the Pride is now 9-4 overall and 5-1 in league play, while the Cougars drop to 11-4 on the season and suffer its first conference loss of the season, settling at 5-1 in the NEWMAC.
Springfield College held a 41-24 shot advantage over 60 minutes of play, while also winning the ground ball battle, 35-21. Lacroix had an impressive day in the face-off "x", as he went 19-for-27 on the evening and matched his career high with 12 ground balls.
Along with three goals apiece from Preston and Vail, Lucas Habich (Little Silver, N.J.) and Dom Abate (Beverly, Mass.) added two goals each, as junior goalkeeper Jake Reynolds (Scituate, Mass.) was strong in between the pipes for the Pride, making five stops in 60 minutes of play.
After Isaac Bass (Amherst, Mass.) gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead just 3:06 into the game, Preston notched his first to make it 1-1, before Clark answered with a goal from Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) to make it 2-1, with 4:50 to play in the stanza. From there, the Pride went on a three-goal run to end the first quarter, including strikes from Habich, Vail and Ty Daugstrup (Rocky River, Ohio) to make it 4-2 after 15 minutes of play.
Two goals from Bass and one more from King completed a three-goal run for the Cougars to open the second quarter, as Clark would take a 5-4 lead at the 6:01 mark, but the Pride would answer with a three-goal run of its own, including a man-up goal from Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.) and two more from Vail to give Springfield College a 7-5 lead at the halftime break.
The Pride opened up a five-goal lead just 9:27 into the second half on goals from Brendan Dooley (Setauket, N.Y.), Habich and Abate, before the Cougars pulled back to within four when Jack Goracy (West Islip, N.Y.) found the back of the net, but Preston would score his second of the game to as the third quarter came to a close to make it 11-6 heading into the fourth.
Clark scored twice in nine seconds to open the fourth quarter, pulling to within three, but the run was slowed when Anthony Zabielski (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) recorded his sixth goal of the year with 8:03 to play. After Matthew Sullivan (Brunswick, Maine) made it a three goal game with 5:23 to play, the Pride received goals from Preston, Scott Rogers (Acton, Mass.) and Abate to seal the 15-9 win.
Next, Springfield College will return to Stagg Field on Saturday, April 29 when it will host MIT at 1 p.m. in its regular-season finale.