Springfield, Mass. - March 27, 2021 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team dropped a 14-13 decision to visiting Coast Guard in New England Men's and Women's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.
For the Pride, today marked its first game in 385 days as it clashed with the Bears in a rematch of the 2019 NEWMAC Championship. Springfield owned a 56-45 advantage in shots, while Coast Guard owned a 42-28 cushion in ground balls. Despite committing just 13 turnovers in the game, the Pride was hampered by nine penalties which resulted in four man-up goals by the visitors.
Zac Schuette (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) totaled two goals and three assists for Springfield, while Kevin Tierney (Glastonbury, Conn.) netted a career-best four goals. Joe Hawley (Poulsbo, Wash.) registered a goal and three assists and Riley Burgmyer (Somers, Conn.) added a hat trick of his own. Tommy Briscoe (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) caused three turnovers and Jake Cupak (Westfield, Mass.) totaled 13 stops in his first collegiate action.
Coast Guard's Caleb Holdridge produced a game-high seven points, including six goals and an assist, while Will Iorio accounted for two goals and three helpers. Gunner Brodfuehrer picked up 13 ground balls as he went 18-for-31 on face-offs for the Bears and Dan Lucas earned the win between the pipes following a 12-save effort.
The visitors jumped out to a 3-1 lead less than four minutes into the contest following an unassisted strike by Conor Rowan, only to have the Pride respond with three-straight goals to earn a 4-3 edge as Burgmyer finished a terrific feed from Gavin Carzello (Westfield, Mass.). However, the Bears would answer with the final two goals of the quarter to take a 5-4 advantage after 15 minutes of action.
Springfield's offense was outstanding in the second quarter as the Pride found the back of the cage six times and outshot Coast Guard by a 19-6 mark. The Pride opened up the frame with three unanswered markers, the last coming from Burgmyer at the 7:25 mark when Schuette flipped him a pass in an unsettled situation on the crease for quick strike. After the Bears pumped in two goals 53 seconds apart to knot the game at 7-all, a pair of Tierney goals sandwiched an Alek Turi (Glastonbury, Conn.) man-up marker to put the Pride up by a 10-7 cushion. Holdridge would add his fourth goal of the game for the Bears with under two minutes to play in the half to make it a 10-8 contest at the break.
The teams traded a pair of goals in the third before Jackson Lane (Shrewsbury, Mass.) got free in transition and buried a strike with 47 seconds remaining in the frame to push the Pride on top, 13-10. In the fourth, the Bears would score four goals in a 6:11 span, including man-up goals from Iorio and the eventual game-winner by Matty Johnson with 2:05 left in regulation, en route to the comeback victory.
The Pride play next on April 3 when it travels to face Wheaton for a 1 pm contest.
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