Springfield, Mass. – March 4, 2009 – Jake Beebe tallied five goals and added a pair of assists to lead the Springfield College men's lacrosse team to a 17-6 victory over visiting Gordon on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference action at Springfield College's Stagg Field.
With the victory, Springfield picks up its first win of the season and improves to 1-2 on the year while the Fighting Scots drop to 0-1.
The Pride pumped in four goals on its first 10 shots in the first 7:20 to take complete control of the contest. Joe Heney was terrific at the start of the game as he played a role in the first four Springfield goals. Heney connected with Beebe 1:28 into the game as Beebe, a preseason All-American, slipped a shot through the legs of Gordon’s goalie Mark Merullo.
1:49 later Heney threaded a pass to Kyle Gable, who ripped a shot from 15 yards out putting Springfield up 2-0 and scoring the Pride’s first man-up goal on the afternoon. Beebe returned the favor to Heney, feeding the junior with a great pass, which he would finish on top of the crease at the 9:11 mark. Springfield would finish the first quarter leading the Scots by a score of 4-0, after Heney found Chris Jez who buried a shot in the lower corner.
The Pride went on to grab a 7-0 lead after Shawn Runyon finished a Beebe pass with 9:44 remaining in the second quarter. Gordon's Joel Derechinshy then scored the visitors first goal of the 2009 season as he fought through several checks but managed to beat the Pride’s Tom Albano, bringing the score to 7-1. Two more goals from Beebe, including a man-up goal assisted by Jake Jones gave Springfield a 9-1 lead at the half.
In a chippy, aggressive second half that saw a combined 15 penalties, Gordon tallied back-to-back man-up goals 49 seconds apart in the third quarter to make it a 10-3 ball game. Goals from Dan Utz and Jordan MacIntosh brought the Fighting Scots within seven, only to have goals from Runyon and Jeff Scarfo push Springfield's lead to 11 at 12-3. Gordon continued to battle, scoring the final two goals of the third stanza, both coming from MacIntosh, to make it a 12-5 contest heading into the final quarter.
The Pride outscored the visitors in the final frame 5-1, en route to the 17-6 victory. Springfield's final goal came from Adam Ismaeil with 1:49 remaining as SC finished with 17 goals, the most since the Pride scored when it defeated Kean, 17-2, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season. The highlight of the game came after Mike Delia scored at the 12:52 mark, setting up a sensational strike from Beebe just six seconds later. After Jez won the face-off clean, he delivered a one-handed, underhand pass to Beebe, who cranked a shot from 10 yards out into the back of the cage.
Beebe finished with seven points off five goals and two assists, while Heney tacked on four points with a goal and three helpers. Cavanaugh aded a goal and two assists as well as the Pride had 13 players recorded at least one point in the game. Jez was terrific on the day from the "X", going 15-for-26 and picking up a game-high nine ground balls. Albano recorded the win in the cage as he made eight saves, while teammate Matt Cipolla came in with just under 13 minutes to play and was solid between the pipes, making seven saves. The Pride's defense held Gordon to 2-for-12 on man-up opportunities in the game.
For the visitors, MacIntosh was solid with a hat trick, while Utz tacked on two goals and an assist. Merullo made 13 saves in the loss as he faced 44 shots in the game.
Springfield returns to action on Sunday afternoon when it hosts 14th-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology at 1:00 pm.