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No. 13 Men's Lacrosse Stops Wheaton, 14-9

NORTON, Mass.- Springfield College senior Craig Gibson (South Salem, N.Y.) scored five goals to go along with two assists to lead the No. 13 Pride to a 14-9 victory in Pilgrim League action at Mirrione Stadium. Wheaton, ranked 14th in the latest NEILA poll, had its three-game winning streak snapped as the Lyons fall to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in the Pilgrim, while Springfield, ranked 13th nationally and tied for second in New England, collected its fifth straight win to improve to 6-3 and 2-0.

Senior Scott Liston (Plainfield, N.H.), who led the Lyons in scoring with three goals and two assists, gave the hosts an early 1-0 edge just 2:31 into the contest. Wheaton held the Pride's offense in check for the first half of the opening period, but at the 7:27 minute mark Springfield's Dan Blinn (Longmeadow, Mass.) knotted things up at one goal apiece. The Pride then posted the final two goals of the quarter to take a 3-1 edge into the second stanza. Sophomore Taylor Brown (Portsmouth, R.I.) assisted on Springfield's two goals during that stretch.

In the second quarter, the visitors pulled away from the Lyons with an eight-goal period, spearheaded by three-straight unassisted tallies off Gibson's stick. The Lyons totaled three goals in the quarter, but found themselves with an 11-4 deficit at the intermission. In the second half, Wheaton began to chip away at its deficit, outscoring the Pride, 3-1 in the quarter to trail 12-7 with 15 minutes to play. The Lyons made things interesting in the final quarter, as Liston and junior Ryan Melnikas (North Andover, Mass.) posted back-to-back goals to make the score 12-9 with 13:25 on the clock.

Wheaton however couldn't find the back of the net from that point forward, as Springfield's Kevin Warnock (Somers, Conn.) and Sean Harrington (Suffern, N.Y.) pushed the Pride's lead to five goals with just 5:39 remaining.

In goal for the Lyons, senior Bryant Denny (Fair Haven, N.J.) recorded 12 saves in 56 minutes of action, while freshman Kyle Cloutier (South Hadley, Mass.) stopped 12 Wheaton shots for the Pride.
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