Salisbury, Md. - May 14, 2010 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team's season came to a close on Saturday evening as it fell to No. 2 Salisbury University, 17-4, in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament. Kyle Gable scored a pair of goals in his final game in Maroon and White.
Salisbury advances to the third round of the national tournament and will square off against Haverford on Wednesday. The Sea Gulls improve to 19-1 on the season, while the Pride's season comes to a close with a 13-6 record. Springfield's 13 wins was the third-highest total for wins in a season in program history.
Mike Winter led the way for the hosts with a career-best six goals, while Matt Cannone dished out five assists. Jake DeLillo was responsible for three goals and an assist, while Mike Von Kamecke added two goals and an assist. Eric Law scored two goals and Kevin Finn posted a goal and an assist for the hosts. Johnny Rodriguez played just over 53 minutes between the pipes to earn the win as he recorded eight saves, five of which came in the first quarter. Ryan Finch dominated the face-off "X" as he won 14-of-22 draws and picked up a game-high six ground balls.
For the Pride, Gable scored a team-best two goals, and in doing so, topped the 100-goal mark for his career. Gable finished his career with 101 goals and became just the 16th player in program history to score more than 100 goals in his career.
Mike Delia and Pete Sessa each recorded goals, while Joe Macchi, Jarrid Johnson, and Shawn Runyon were all credited with assists. Delia also picked up three ground balls and added a pair of caused turnovers. Marc Martinez was charged with the loss as he gave up 13 goals in just under 40 minutes of play, recording seven saves in the process. Matt Cipolla played the last 20 minutes of the game, making one save in his final collegiate appearance.
Winter opened up the scoring just over five minutes into the first quarter on an unassisted strike. Winter beat his man to the left and ripped a low shot past Martinez to give the hosts a lead it would not relinquish.
Brandon Groux gave the hosts a 2-0 advantage at the 8:28 mark when he took advantage of a failed Springfield clear. Groux intercepted a cross-field pass five yards in front of the cage, threw a couple of fakes on Martinez before converting his one-on-one opportunity.
Salisbury tacked on another tally to gain a three-goal advantage off a terrific look from Cannone. DeLillo got the ball on the doorstep and slipped home another Salisbury goal with 6:27 on the clock.
Gable scored Springfield’s first goal of the game with 3:43 left in the first stanza. After taking a Johnson pass just inside the box, Gable fired a low, skimming shot past Rodriguez to make it a 3-1 game.
The Sea Gulls added another goal with just 22 seconds remaining in the first on an acrobatic goal by Winter. After Springfield was called for offsides, Finn found Winter up the field in transition. Winter then flipped an underhanded, backhanded shot into the top corner to give the hosts a 4-1 lead after the first 15 minutes of play.
Salisbury opened up a 6-1 lead just 2:37 into the second quarter after registering two goals just 11 seconds apart. Winter netted his third goal of the game as he found the top corner, before Finch won the ensuing face-off and found Law for a SU goal.
The Pride made it a 6-2 lead on Sessa’s second goal of the season. Macchi hit the longstick midfielder who was trailing on the play in front of the cage and the senior quad captain blasted a shot that bounced off Rodriguez and rolled just over the goal line.
Salisbury scored the final three goals of the quarter as it owned a 9-2 lead after the first 30 minutes of play. The first goal of the spurt came on an unsettled situation as DeLillo went low to find the bottom corner with 6:09 left in the second. Von Kamecke beat his man to the inside as the hosts lead grew to 8-2, only to have Winter score his fourth of the first half off a great look by Cannone with 46 seconds left in the half.
Winter didn’t let up at the start of the second has he scored his fifth of the game 32 ticks into the stanza to give the hosts an eight-goal cushion. DeLillo’s third of the game and Von Kamecke’s man-up strike came in a 42 second span with 11:08 on the clock as the Sea Gulls lead grew to 12-2. Sam Bradman added his first goal of the game on a spectacular strike after he fought through a trio of checks to make it 13-2.
SC scored its first goal in over 25 minutes as Delia found the back of the net 31 seconds into the fourth. Gable scored his second of the game as he bounced home a feed from Runyon with 11 minutes left in the contest as the Pride's offense showed some life to make it 13-4. The Sea Gulls took the air out of Springfield’s sails as Finn buried a man-down goal on the run with 9:42 left as the hosts regained its 12-goal lead.
Salisbury then pumped in three more goals to close out the game as Winter, Matt Pierotti, and Law each scored to give the hosts a 17-4 victory.
The 17 goals was the most goals Springfield had allowed in a game since the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2006 when it lost to Middlebury by an identical 17-4 score.
Salisbury owned a 39-24 advantage in shots and picked up 41 ground balls to the Pride's 16. SC committed 26 turnovers to Salisbury's 21, but the Sea Gulls won 15-of-24 at the "X".