Springfield, Mass. - March 3, 2010 - Led by a spirited defensive effort that held Endicott scoreless for over 39 minutes and two goals and an assist from Shawn Runyon, the Springfield College men's lacrosse team picked up a big 8-3 win over the visiting Gulls on Stagg Field on Wednesday afternoon.
The victory boosts Springfied's record to 2-1, while the Gulls drop their second-straight contest to drop to 1-2. Both schools entered the game receiving votes in this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches Poll.
The win over Endicott was the first victory over the Gulls since 2002.
Runyon paced the Springfield scoring with two goals and an assist out of the midfield, while Joe Heney tacked on a pair of goals. Both Mike Delia and Kyle Louer were the only other members of the Pride to record multiple points as they each dished out a pair of assists in the win.
Marc Martinez earned the win between the pipes as finished with 11 saves while allowing just three goals. Mike Smith led the defense in front of Martinez as he was tremendous, coming up with six ground balls and causing five turnovers.
At the "X", Mark Eaton had his way all day as he went 9-of-13 and scooped up a game-high 13 ground balls for Springfield.
For the visitors, Brendan McCarthy tallied a goal and an assist, while Jack Curtis and Jonathon Prentice each found the back of the cage. Sam Ozycz won 6-of-13 draws from the "X", while Andrew Pochebit picked up a team-best four ground balls. Eric Hagarty registered seven saves in the cage while allowing all eight goals.
The Gulls struck first at the 9:17 mark when Prentice took a feed from McCarthy in transition and found the bottom corner of the cage to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage. From there, Springfield rattled off the game's next six goals to take a commanding 6-1 lead.
Runyon started the Pride's scoring burst 3:10 after Endicott's goal when he finished a Delia feed. Springfield wouldn't find the back of the net until 3:54 remaining in the second quarter as Shane Ferguson shook his man from the top of the box up top and fired home a goal on the run. 43 seconds later, Austin Orsini got free in front of the cage and delivered Springfield's final goal of the half after a sensational pass from Louer.
The Pride continued the scoring in the second half as the Pride executed perfectly in transistion to gain a 4-1 lead. After an Endicott turnover, Sean Kerrigan pushed the ball up field to Louer, who flipped a pass to Pete Sessa. The longstick midfielder made no mistake as he ripped a shot into the upper corner of the net at the 8:35 mark.
Heney pumped home his first strike of the game 36 seconds later off a Runyon pass, and Kyle Gable tacked on a man-up strike after Delia found him from behind the cage. Endicott finally scored their first goal 39:14 as McCarthy snared an errant shot and stuffed home a goal on the near post with just three seconds remaining in the third.
Runyon started things off in the fourth quarter and he netted a great goal off an extreme angle on the run to give the hosts a 7-2 advantage. Heney tallied the Pride's final goal of the game as he let one fly from 15 yards out the found the back of the cage at the 10:50 mark. Curtis registered the game's last goal as he wrapped around from behind the cage and slipped one home with 7:25 remaining the contest.
For the game, Springfield owned a 39-33 advantage in shots and a 44-26 edge in ground balls. Each team turned the ball over 23 times, while the Pride won 9-of-15 face-offs. The Gulls went 13-for-16 on clears, while Springfield went just 14-of-25.
The Pride will now prepare to take on 17th-ranked Stevens on Sunday afternoon at 4:30 pm.