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NCAA Game Day Central: Men's Lacrosse Heads South To Take On Salisbury in NCAA Tournament

Kyle Gable Springfield, Mass. - May 13, 2010 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team travels south to take on Salisbury University in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament and will square off on Saturday night at 7:30 pm. Springfield advanced to the second round after taking down Widener University, 7-1, on Wednesday afternoon, while the Sea Gulls of Salisbury earned a first round bye.

Series Record:
Salisbury has won all five meetings between these two schools.

Returning to Maryland:
The last time Springfield played in the state of Maryland was in 2006 when it played a pair of games in Baltimore. On March 15, SC topped Ohio Wesleyan, 11-9, before falling to Cortland State, 13-4, three days later.

Still Playing In May
For the ninth time in the last 11 years, the Springfield College men’s lacrosse team will be playing in the the NCAA Tournament. In the past three years, Springfield has advanced to the “Sweet 16”. Below is a breakdown of the Pride’s previous trips to the NCAA Tournament.

May 10, 2000 NCAA First Round RIT 13, Springfield 12 (OT)
May 9, 2001 NCAA First Round Springfield 11, Eastern Conn. 9
May 13, 2001 NCAA Second Round Gettysburg 16, Springfield 12
May 10, 2003 NCAA First Round Middlebury 11, Springfield 9
May 16, 2004 NCAA First Round Stevens 8, Springfield 4
May 14, 2005 NCAA First Round Wesleyan 10, Springfield 7
May 13, 2006 NCAA First Round Middlebury 17, Springfield 4
May 7, 2008 NCAA First Round Springfield 17, Kean 2
May 10, 2008 NCAA Second Round Cortland State 12, Springfield 9
May 6, 2009 NCAA First Round Springfield 21, Mount Ida 4
May 9, 2009 NCAA Second Round Cortland 15, Springfield 12
May 12, 2010 NCAA First Round Springfield 7, Widener 1

Men's Lacrosse Shuts Down Widener, 7-1, To Advance in the NCAA Tournament
• The Springfield College men's lacrosse team shut down visiting Widener University, 7-1, in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore goalie Marc Martinez had his best collegiate game as he registered a career-high 18 saves in the win.

• The Pride of Springfield now stands at 13-5 on the season and have won 11 of its last 12 games.

• Martinez was the difference in the contest as he racked up 18 saves, arguably the finest game of his young career. The last time Springfield surrendered just one goal in a game was April 19, 2006 when it cruised past Norwich, 24-1.

• For Springfield, Mike Delia recorded a game-high three points on a goal and two assists, all of which came in the first quarter. Kyle Louer recorded a pair of goals in the win, while Joe Macchi, Jarrid Johnson, Joe Heney, and Kyle Gable each netted markers.

• Pilgrim Lacrosse League Player of the Year Mark Eaton went 7-of-9 on face-offs, including a perfect 5-5 in the first half. Delia picked up a team-best five ground balls, while Mike Smith anchored the Springfield defensive unit with three caused turnovers. Smith spent most of his day keeping Widener's leading scorer, Cory Malampy, without a single point.

Kyle Louer and Joe Macchi

Springfield Lands Eight On Pilgrim All-Conference Team
• Junior Mark Eaton was selected as the Pilgrim Lacrosse League Player of the Year on Monday afternoon in a vote by the league's coaches. Eight members of the Pride garnered all-conference accolades, including six first-team honorees.

• Eaton becomes Springfield's three consecutive player of the year in the league. Chris Sharpe was named the league's top player in 2008, while Jake Beebe took home the honor last season.

• Eaton was joined by Mike Smith, Pete Sessa, Joe Macchi, Cory Schwarzkopf, and Mike Delia on the first team, while Shawn Runyon and Marc Martinez were selected to the second team.

Macchi and Sessa Named To 2010 NEILA All New England Second Team
• Seniors Joe Macchi and Pete Sessa were recently honored for their play this season by being named to the 2010 NEILA Division III All-New England Team. Both were selected to the second team, Macchi as a midfielder and Sessa as a longstick midfielder.

• It was the first time in both of their careers that they earned All-New England honors.

Quick Starts
• Springfield has outscored its opponents 55-27 in the first quarter as it has had plenty of success when scoring early.

• The Pride used three first quarter goals to take an early 3-0 lead on Widener in the NCAA Tournament First Round. After a Louer goal just over three minutes into the game, Springfield netted two goals just eight seconds apart with the first stanza winding down to gain a three-goal cushion.

• In the Pilgrim Championship game against Wheaton, Springfield led 5-1 after the first 15 minutes of play. Macchi scored the game’s first goal just 48 seconds into the contest, and Louer added another strike just 23 ticks later.

Winning Streak
• Springfield was reeled off five-straight wins and won 11 of its last 12 games.

• In its’ five-game winning streak, Springfield has outscored its’ opponents 54-23.

• In its’ last 11 wins, Springfield has held a 158-56 scoring advantage.

• Springfield’s only loss in the past 42 days came at the hands of cross-town rival Western New England on April 23 as the Pride fell 12-9.

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