SPRINGFIELD, Mass., March 4, 2007 – Springfield College junior midfielder Tyler Montgomery (Brunswick, Me.) scored three of his game-high four goals in the fourth quarter, but the Pride comeback fell short, 10-9, as No. 12 Nazareth College edged 17th-ranked SC this afternoon in non-conference play at Benedum Field.
The Pride falls to 0-2 overall on the season in its home opener, as the Golden Flyers improve to 2-0 on the young campaign. SC will next travel to Dallas, Texas, for a neutral contest against SUNY Geneseo on Wednesday evening, March 14th, in a 7:00 p.m. (central time) start. Nazareth’s next opponent will also be Geneseo on Saturday afternoon, March 10th, in a 1:00 p.m. start at Nazareth.
The Golden Flyers were led by freshman attackman Erinn O’Hara with three goals. Senior attackman Jordan Hirsch added two goals and two assists. Nazareth senior goalkeeper Patrick Mullin played excellent in net for the Golden Flyers, stopping 19 shots.
Pride sophomores Jake Beebe (Sudbury, Mass.) and Kyle Gable (Somers, Conn.) each chipped in with two goals, as Beebe also added an assist. Freshman Joe Heney (Plainview, N.Y.) and junior Greg Welch (Peabody, Mass.) recorded two assists apiece. Senior netminder Kyle Cloutier (South Hadley, Mass.) stopped 14 Nazareth shots on goal.
The Golden Flyers opened the contest on a 4-1 run after the first 15 minutes of play. SC then cut the lead to 4-3 early in the second quarter off of goals from Gable and sophomore midfielder Jake Jones (Amherst, Mass.), but three straight Nazareth scores put the Golden Flyers up 7-3 at the break.
Nazareth continued to pull away in the third period with goals from midfielders Kevin Kimball and Matt Aloi. Those two scores proved to be the only ones of the third stanza, as the Golden Flyers led 9-3 heading into the final quarter.
The Pride opened the fourth period with two quick scores from Beebe to make it 9-5 with 12:30 left in regulation. After Kimball scored another goal for Nazareth to make it 10-5 with 11:12 left, SC started to mount its comeback. Montgomery made it 10-6 with 8:29 left, and then another score from the junior at the 3:28 mark put the Pride within reach at 10-7.
Just 47 seconds later, Gable netted a shot off a feed from Welch to close to gap to just two (10-8) with 2:41 left to play. Then, just 39 seconds later, Montgomery scored his fourth goal of the game to pull SC within one (10-9) with 2:02 on the clock. Nazareth would win the ensuing face-off, however, and manage to keep possession of the ball until the 41-second mark. After a Golden Flyer turnover, the Pride cleared the ball into its own half with 31 ticks left on the clock and a final chance to tie the score. After a timeout, though, SC was unable to get a shot off as Nazareth relied on its suffocating defense to close out the game with the one-goal advantage.