With the win, the top-seeded Pride will host the championship game at 1:00 pm on Saturday. Springfield improves to 9-6 on the season, while the Lasers drop to 9-6.
The Pride, which led just 3-2 at the half, limited the Lasers to just nine total shots in the second half and one goal. Springfield netted the final four goals of the game to blow open the contest.
Greg Welch (Peabody, Mass.) netted the first goal of the game when he dodged from in front of the cage and fired a shot into the far, lower corner of the cage to give the Pride a 1-0 advantage with 3:59 left in the first quarter.
The Pride opened up a two-goal lead after Jake Beebe (Sudbury, Mass.) took a quick feed from Jake Jones (Amherst, Mass.) and converted a shot from five yards out just over a minute and a half later.
The Lasers netted the final goal of the opening quarter when Matt Stambler cleared the ball from the defensive end and lobbed a ball towards the cage from the far right corner of the box. Several Springfield players jumped in the air to intercept the ball, including goalkeeper Tom Albano (Ridgewood, N.J.), but Lasell’s Ryan Koerner came down with the ball. Koerner then finished the feed into an empty net while on the crease to make it a 2-1 game at the end of one quarter of play.
At the 13:13 mark of the second quarter, Beebe took a pass from Kyle Gable (Somers, Conn.) and ripped his shot off the near pipe and into the back of the cage to put SC up 3-1. Once again, the Lasers netted the final goal of the quarter as Dave Bulhoes took a Brian Yepez feed to make it a 3-2 game. Bulhoes took the pass in front of the cage, turned and fired a jump shot with 46 seconds remaining to bring the visitors within one goal.
Springfield held Lasell off the scoreboard in the third quarter but managed to net two goals of its own off tallies from Joe Heney (Plainview, N.Y.) and Jones. Jones' goal, to put SC up 5-2, came after he turned and fired a shot from 10 yards out after a pretty feed from Welch.
The Lasers opened up the fourth quarter with a goal at the 10:53 mark. Derek Allan picked up a groundball after Albano saved a Mike Maggio shot, and rebounded the ball into the back of the cage to make it a 5-3 contest.
From there, Springfield rattled off the final four goals of the game en route to the 9-3 victory. The run started when Tyler Montgomery (Brunswick, Maine) blasted a shot from 14 yards out into the top shelf of the cage just 47 seconds after Allan’s tally. Gable then netted a goal off a dish from Jones, and Kyle Louer (Islip, N.Y.) closed out the scoring on a pair of unassisted marks. Louer’s first tally came after a terrific individual effort of overpowering three Lasell defenders with 8:48 left to play.
Mark DiMieri kept Lasell in the game throughout as he was sensational in goal, recording 20 stops to go along with five ground balls.
Albano finished with 12 saves of his own in the cage as he and his defense allowed its fewest goals this season with three. Chris Jez (Somers, Conn.) dominated the face-off “X” as he went 11 for 15 in the contest to go along with six ground balls. Jason Farrell (Mahopac, N.Y.) was all over the field as he picked up a game-high nine ground balls and caused four turnovers. The Pride defense shut down Lasell’s top marksman in Maggio, as he was held without a point, with Chris Sharpe (Derry, N.H.) covering him most of the game.
For the game, Springfield outshot the Lasers 45-21, including 26-9, in the second half.