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Men's Lacrosse Topples Wheaton, 12-7

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Norton, Mass. - April 21, 2013Ryan Murphy tallied a team-best four points to lead the Springfield College men's lacrosse team to a 12-7 victory at Wheaton College on Sunday afternoon in Pilgrim Lacrosse League action.

Lyons’ sophomore Matthew Hillman led the squad with four goals, one assist, two ground balls and one caused turnover. Seniors Sean Doherty and Will Compton and freshman Kyle Rumberger all added solo tallies.

Springfield freshman Brendan Boss found the back of the net three times and secured two ground balls. Kevin Freeman potted two goals and Ryon Lynch tallied a goal and two helpers.

Pride freshman Tony LaGuerre opened up the scoring with his only marker of the contest with 14:21 on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Rumberger responded for the Lyons at 11:17 finishing a feed from Hillman to even the score at 1-1. Boss closed out the scoring with an assisted tally by sophomore Maxwell Wildes at 8:05.

In the second, Compton tied the game at 2-2 five minutes and 33-seconds into the action. Freeman followed with back-to-back tallies at 6:21 and 5:19 to give Springfield a 4-2 advantage before the break.

Hillman grabbed back some momentum for the Lyons in the second half with his first of four goals at the 7:18 mark of the third quarter. The Pride went on to score four unanswered goals to claim a commanding 8-3 margin. Boss, Lynch, Murphy, and Bryce Serriello each netted strikes to give the Pride a five-goal cushion. Doherty split Wheaton’s gap in half with 23-seconds remaining in the third ripping an unassisted marker into the back of the net.

Senior Billy McNamara dished out a quick feed to Hillman from the right side of the cage for his second goal at 9:06 of the fourth quarter but Springfield did not allow the Lyons to get any closer. The Pride outscored the Blue and White, 4-3, in the fourth to keep their Pilgrim League record unblemished at 5-0.

Springfield outshot Wheaton, 40-30, while both teams went an identical 17-for-25 in clear attempts. The Lyons won the face-off matchup, 13-22, and picked up 46 ground balls.

The Pride can secure the top seed in the upcoming Pilgrim League Tournament when it hosts Babson on Saturday at 1:00 pm.

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