Springfield, Mass. – April 9, 2009 – Highlighted by Jake Beebe’s 100th career goal, the Springfield College men’s lacrosse team handled visiting Clark, 16-2, on Saturday afternoon in Pilgrim Lacrosse League action.
The win evens Springfield’s record at 4-4 this year, including a 2-0 mark in league play. The Cougars drop to 2-8, 1-1 this season.
Beebe became just the 15th player in program history to reach the century mark in goals as he found the back of the net 39 seconds into the second half on a terrific goal. Beebe took a feed from Joe Macchi, turned and fired a jump shot into the back of the net for the 100th time in his career.
Springfield dominated the game in nearly ever statistical category, outshooting the Cougars, 63-17, winning 19-of-23 face-offs, and owning a 59 to 34 advantage in he ground ball battle. Springfield's defense shut down the Cougars, as Clark was held scoreless for the final 37:26.
The Pride held a 2-1 lead after the first 15 minutes of play, despite holding a 14-3 edge in shots. Mike Delia dodged to his left, and buried a shot on the run 45 seconds into the game for the Pride’s first goal. Delia then connected with Kyle Gable in transition at the 8:25 mark to give Springfield a 2-0 lead.
Chris Johnson put the Cougars on the board with 5:11 left in the first after his bounce shot found the back of the cage. Springfield took advantage of a failed clear and went up 3-1 after Beebe found Gable on the doorstep with 9:14 left in the half. Gable threw several terrific moves on Clark goalie Tyler Campbell before scoring his second goal of the game.
After Euguene Arsenault finished a feed from Shawn Roche to make it a 3-2 game with 7:26 on the clock Springfield’s offense found its rhythm. SC closed out the first half with three unanswered goals in the final 3:33 to take a 6-2 halftime lead. A pair of Shawn Runyon goals sandwiched a Pat Cavanaugh strike as the Pride opened up a four-goal lead. Beebe was solid for the Pride in the stretch as he delivered a pair of beautiful assists to highlight the run.
The Pride continued to pour on the pressure as it opened the third quarter with five-straight goals in the opening 6:41. Springfield finished with seven goals in the third quarter alone as it owned a 13-2 lead after three quarters play. The Pride tacked on the final three goals of the game in the fourth as it ended the game scoring 13 unanswered goals.
Beebe finished with eight points, tallying two goals and adding six assists. Gable finished with five goals, while Runyon added a hat trick. Chris Jez dominated the "X" going 16-for-19 and picking up nine ground balls. Pete Sessa also notched seven ground balls in the game. Tom Albano played just over 38 minutes between the pipes, needing to just make three saves to earn the win.
Campbell kept Clark in the game early, making an incredible 23 saves for the game.
Springfield next takes on Lasell on Wednesday afternoon as it travels for a conference contest slated for 4:00 pm.