Worcester, Mass. - April 9, 2011 - Mike Delia found the back of the cage three times to lead the Springfield College men's lacrosse team to an 8-5 win at Clark on Saturday afternoon in Pilgrim Lacrosse League play.
The Pride improved to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in league play, while the Cougars, who have dropped three straight, slip to 3-7 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
Springfield dominated nearly every statistical category, outshooting hte host 41-17, and winning 12-of-17 face-offs.
Things started off promising for Clark as Chris Johnson gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead on his team-leading 14th goal of the season midway through the first quarter.
Springfield answered back with goals from reigning Pilgrim League Player of the Week Jarrid Johnson and Eric Balslov to end the opening frame with a 2-1 edge.
The second period only saw two goals – one by each team less than ten seconds apart. After Shawn Runyon made the score, 3-1, Phil Winslow set up Eugene Arsenault responded with a Clark marker to send the game into halftime, 3-2.
Winslow then set up Danny Heelan to knot the game at 3-3 at the 7:17 mark, but Springfield then scored three straight goals – one from Runyon and two from Delia, to push the Pride to a 6-3 edge heading into the final period. Johnson then reversed roles with Winslow, setting up Winslow with a score to close the gap to 6-4 less than 30 seconds into the quarter. Three minutes later, the Pride put the game away with markers from Delia and Johnson to up the Springfield edge to 8-4 with a little more than ten minutes left.
Clark made one final push, as Winslow handed out his third assist of the day on Arsenault’s second score. The Cougars, however, would get no closer and Springfield won for the fourth time in the last five games.
Clark netminder Andrew DeVito was outstanding in goal, turning back 13 shots. Springfield goalkeeper Connor Nash, meanwhile, needed to turn back just six shots in the win. Delia notched a hat trick for the Pride, scoring all three of his goals in the second half. Mark Eaton was dominant at the "X", winning 10-of-12 draws and picking up 10 ground balls.