NORTON, Mass., April 21, 2007 - The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team trailed 3-0 after one quarter before dropping a 14-5 decision to Springfield College Saturday afternoon in Pilgrim League action at Mirrione Stadium. The Lyons fall to 3-8 overall and 3-2 in league play, while the Pride improves to 6-8 on the season while remaining in second place in the Pilgrim at 6-1.
Springfield freshman Kyle Gable (Somers, Conn.) led the way with a career-best four goals and one assist, including posting the game's second score for a 2-0 Pride lead just 3:08 into the first. Junior Greg Welch (Peabody, Mass.) gave the visitors a 1-0 edge 1:31 in, while classmate Tyler Montgomery (Brunswick, Me.) rounded out the first-period scoring at 10:43.
Junior Richie Rasamny got Wheaton on the board at the 11:22 mark of the second quarter before the Pride tallied twice for a 5-1 lead at 2:39. The teams traded goals in the final 1:15 of the opening half, as Lyon senior Markus Ricci scored to make it a 5-2 game. With nine ticks left, Gable found the back of the net as Springfield carried a 6-2 advantage into the half.
The Pride started the second half strong with four straight goals for a 10-2 lead with 1:26 on the clock. Four different players tallied goals during that stretch. Wheaton answered with two of the next three goals to narrow its gap to 11-4, but Springfield rattled off three straight during a 2:17 span to put the game away.
Wheaton senior Trey Helms had two goals and an assist, while Rasamny scored once with two helpers. Freshmen goalies Alex Lewis and Schuyler Horn combined for four stops.
For Springfield, Gable had five points, sophomore Jake Beebe (Sudbury, Mass.) totaled two goals and two assists, and classmate Jake Jones (Amherst, Mass.) assisted three times with one tally. Sophomore Jason Farrell (Mahopac, N.Y.) scored twice, while senior Kyle Cloutier (South Hadley, Mass.) finished with 10 saves.
The Pride will next host Clark University on Wednesday afternoon, April 25th, in a 4:00 p.m. Pilgrim Lacrosse League start. The game marks the regular-season finale for SC.