Beverly, Mass. - March 23, 2013 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team was defeated by host Endicott College, 11-6, on Saturday afternoon in non-conference play.
After winning their season opener, the Pride have now lost its last five to fall to 1-5. Endicott improves to 5-3 on the year with the victory.
Two goals and one assist by Nick Pinciaro in the first quarter alone helped Endicott storm out to a 5-1 advantage, and while the Pride battled back to pull within one at 6-5 early in the second half, the Gulls were able to regain momentum and outscore Springfield 4-1 over the final 15 minutes of the game.
Freshman goalie Cameron Bell made nine saves in goal for Endicott en route to winning his fifth game of the season. His counterpart, junior Robert Maher settled down after the first quarter to make 12 saves and help his squad get back in the game.
Pinciaro totaled three goals and three assists in the win, and senior attack Connor McCormack and sophomore midfielder Harrison Cotter both scored two goals in the game including one apiece in the first quarter.
Trailing 5-1 at the start of the second quarter, Springfield quickly shifted momentum with back-to-back goals at 14:20 and another just eight seconds later. Pride junior midfielder Kevin Freeman took a feed from Kevin Sainte to beat the goalie, followed by junior attacker Ryan Murphy's tally from Ryon Lynch, just moments later. McCormack's second goal of the game put Endicott up 6-3 but an unassisted score by Springfield's sophomore midfielder Bryce Cerriello made it 6-4 heading into halftime.
Another quick goal at the start of the second half by Freeman brought the Pride to within one at 6-5 and Endicott's Kyle Weber goal at the 4:24 mark of the third quarter made it a two goal advantage in favor of the Blue and Green.
Endicott outscored Springfield 4-1 in the fourth quarter behind goals by Cotter and Pinciaro as well as sophomore Jonathan Morgan and freshman midfielder Mitchell Tapley. Both Morgan and Tapley's goals were unassisted with Tapley's coming on a man-up opportunity. Endicott finished the game 2-for-2 on the extra-man advantage while Springfield was 0-3.
Sam Ozycz won 13-of-21 face-off attempts with a game-high 11 ground balls. Burke, Martignetti, Merritt, and junior defenseman Lucas Paratore also contributed with four groundballs each.
Springfield was led by six ground balls from junior midfielder Branden Fernandez and another four from sophomore Matt Dalton.
Springfield next plays Bowdoin at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 26th at Merrimack College.