Springfield, Mass. - April 2, 2019 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team strung together eight unanswered goals spanning the second and third quarters to topple Western New England, 18-12, on Tuesday night at Golden Bear Stadium.
The Pride won its second-straight game to improve to 4-6 on the year, while the Golden Bears slipped to 6-4.
Cameron Glover (Brunswick, Maine) was tremendous for Springfield as he netted five goals in the win, while Zachary Schuette (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) totaled three goals and two assists. Patrick Watson (Franklin, Mass.) and Cole Pecora (North Haven, Conn.) each handed out four assists on their way to five-point nights, and Lucas Habich (Little Silver, N.J.) chipped in two goals and three assists of his own. Cole Finerty (Kensington, N.H.) made 12 stops between the pipes and Kyle Murakami (South Burlington, Vt.) picked up a team-best six ground balls.
After Ray McCarthy (Somers, Conn.) and Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.) scored 48 seconds apart to give Springfield a 2-0 edge just two minutes into the contest, the hosts responded with a goal at the 9:58 mark from Nick Gamba to make it a one-goal game. The Pride answered back over the next three-plus minutes getting a pair of goals from Schuette and an unassisted marker from Watson to gain a 5-1 edge with 5:09 to play in the first.
The Golden Bears would answer with a 3-1 run, including two goals from John Ward, to trim the Pride's advantage to 6-4 with 12:03 on the clock in the first half. However, Springfield then exploded for the game's next eight goals to have its lead balloon to 14-4 just over three minutes into the third quarter. Glover got the run started with three-consecutive goals in a 1:40 span and Habich capped off the burst with a man-up goal at the 11:08 mark of the third. WNE would score their first goal in over 20 minutes at 6:15, only to have Joe Hawley (Poulsbo, Wash.) find the back of the cage twice in the final 1:09 of the period to push the Pride's advantage to 16-5.
Glover would pump in his fifth of the night just over a minute into the fourth to give Springfield's its largest lead of the night at 17-5, before the hosts would tally five-straight goals over the next 5:05 to make it a 17-10 contest. Vail would snap the Golden Bears scoring spurt with an unassisted goal at 5:01 and the Pride would hold on to the 18-12 victory.
Next up for the Pride will be a rematch of last year's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Semifinal as it hosts Babson at 5 pm on Saturday.
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