Springfield, Mass. – April 9, 2014 - Coming back from a three-goal deficit, the Springfield College men’s lacrosse team reeled off six straight goals and fended off a late comeback to edge Middlebury College, 14-12 on Wednesday evening at Stagg Field.
With the win, the Pride, ranked No. 13 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches poll, improves to 8-2 on the season. However, with the loss, Middlebury falls to 5-6.
A pair of six-point performances from junior midfielder Bryce Serriello (Cape Cod, Mass.) and senior attackman Ryon Lynch (Frederick, Md.) paced the Pride, as senior Ryan Murphy (Mansfield, Mass.) netted three goals and added one assist to help Springfield to victory.
Senior goalkeeper Connor Nash (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) proved strong in the cage for Springfield, making 12 saves, while his counterpart, Nate Gaudio (Cheshire, Conn.) finished the contest with 16.
After an opening goal from Jon Broome (Mountain Lakes, N.J.), the Pride received back-to-back goals from juniors Bryce Serriello (Cape Cod, Mass.) and Matt Dalton (Somers, N.Y.) to gain an early 2-1 advantage.
Following a goal from Joel Blockowicz (Potomac, Md.) to even the game at two, Serriello netted his second goal of the game in transition off an assist from Devin Abad (East Longmeadow, Mass.) to give the Pride a 3-2 lead.
With 51 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Lynch found Dylan Sheehan (Massapequa, N.Y.) on the crease for a goal to give Springfield a two goal cushion.
Opening the second quarter, Jack Cleary (Bethesda, Md.) shook his defender and netted a shot into the top-left corner, followed by an inside finish from Quinn Cronan (Winchester, Mass.) off a pretty feed from Broome to even the game at four goals apiece.
Just two minutes later, Cleary found Stephen Seymour (Fairfield, Conn.) on the crease for an easy finish to give the Panthers a 5-4 lead.
With a man-up advantage at the 7:11 mark of the second quarter, Broome tacked on his second goal of the game when Jack Rautiola (Acton, Mass.) fed him from behind the cage to give Middlebury a 6-4 lead.
After Serriello completed his hat trick with a cannon from up top that stung the top-right corner, Abad caught a pass from Lynch on the crease and finished his shot past Middlebury goalkeeper Gaudio to pull the Pride even.
Rautiola netted his second goal of the game at the 4:09 mark of the second quarter to regain a one-goal edge for the Panthers, who carried a 7-6 lead into halftime.
Following a pair of goals from Tim Giarrusso (Hingham, Mass.) and Rautiola, Sheehan caught a pass on the crease but moved the ball quickly to Lynch for an easy finish past Gaudio to cut the deficit to two. With 2:29 remaining in the third quarter, Stephen Seymour (Fairfield, Conn.) caught a feed on the crease from Rautiola and finished past Nash to push the Panthers’ lead to three.
Just 41 seconds later, Serriello tacked on his fourth goal of the game after beating his defender down the left alley and stinging a shot into the bottom-right corner of the net to make it 10-8. With 25 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Serriello found Murphy wide open on the crease for a goal that brought the Pride to within one at the end of the third quarter.
Opening the final stanza, Murphy collected a rebound off a shot from Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.) and finished it past Gaudio to even the score at ten apiece.
Following suit, Serriello netted his fifth goal of the game with a shot from the outside to give the Pride an 11-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. Just minutes later, Lynch found Kevin Freeman (Minisink, N.Y.) cutting down the alley for his first goal of the game, giving the Pride a two goal lead midway through the final quarter.
With 8:12 remaining, Dalton picked up a loose ground ball and pushed it down the field, dishing it off to Murphy who then pushed transition and found the back of the net for a man-down strike to give the Pride a 13-10 advantage.
At the 5:37 mark, Harrison Goodkind (Branford, Conn.) ended Springfield’s run with a goal to make it 13-11. Just two minutes later, Broome netted his third goal of the game, cutting the Pride’s lead to one.
With an empty net in an effort to get the ball back, Boss came around from behind the net and fired a shot in to give the Pride a 14-12 lead, icing the victory for the Pride.
The Pride will be back in action on Saturday, April 12 when they travel to Buzzards Bay, Mass. to take on Mass Maritime. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m.