Pittsford, N.Y. - February 28, 2010 - Despite holding a 7-6 advantage with under two minutes to play in the first half, the Springfield College men's lacrosse team could not come up with the win on the road as Nazareth College downed the Pride, 11-7, in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon.
The win drops Springfield to 1-1 on the season while the Golden Flyers improve to 1-0 on the year.
In a homecoming of sorts, Shawn Ruynon led Springfield with four points as the Fairport, N.Y. native tallied three assists to go along with a goal. Kyle Louer continued to pace the Pride attack as he pumped in three goals, while Joe Macchi chipped in with a pair of goals. Mark Eaton had a terrific day at the face-off "X", winning 16-of-21 draws to go along with a team-best five ground balls. Between the pipes, Marc Martinez suffered the loss as he made 13 saves.
Nazareth was up 6-2 early in the second quarter before the Pride rallied with five straight goals to take a 7-6 lead. Nazareth tied the score at 7-7 on a goal by Mark DeCirce with :26 left in the first half and then scored three times in the third quarter and once in the fourth while keeping the Pride off the scoreboard for the final 30 minutes.
Scott Castle had three goals and three assists for the Golden Flyers, while DeCirce also scored three times. Joe Jacobs-Ferderbar had one goal and three assists.
After Louer opened the scoring with an unassisted goal less than three minutes into the game, Nazareth rattled off five straight goals. Castle scored the first goal and then assisted Adam Nauerth on the second. DeCirce netted his first goal with 7:22 left in the first quarter and C.J. Estes completed the first-quarter scoring off an assist from Jacobs-Ferderbar.
Nazareth made it 5-1 early in the second as Jacobs-Ferderbar scored a man-up goal off an assist from Castle. Louer's second goal of the game for Springfield interrupted Nazareth's run before John McDonnell scored unassisted for a 6-2 advantage.
Springfield then surged ahead with five straight goals. Macchi scored twice, including Springfield's final goal with 1:52 left in the half, while Runyon had all four of his points in the second quarter. Louer and Austin Orsini also scored in the spurt.
DeCirce's second goal of the game tied the score before halftime, then Castle added two more goals to open the third quarter, the second coming on an extra-man pass from Jacobs-Ferderbar. Erinn O'Hara scored with :12 left in the third quarter to make it 10-7 and DeCirce scored the final goal off an assist from Jacobs-Ferderbar early in the fourth quarter.
Nazareth had a 40-37 edge in shots while ground balls were even at 28. Todd Dermody, who made nine saves for Nazareth.
The Pride will hit the field again on Wednesday when it hosts Endicott at 4:00 pm.