Hoboken, N.J. - March 1, 2014 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team continued its great start to the season with a 14-10 win at Stevens on Saturday afternoon at the De Baun Athletic Complex. Dylan Sheehan (Massapequa, N.Y.) led the Pride with three goals and two assists in the win.
Springfield has now won its first three games of the season, marking the first time as a Division III program that the Pride has started the year 3-0. The last team to accomplish that feat was the 1995 team that advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship.
The Ducks opened the contest with two straight goals in the first five minutes from sophomore Michael Serrante (Bridgewater, N.J.) and senior Charlie Cronin (Northampton, Mass.). Serrante netted the game's first score just 2:27 in off a pass from sophomore Michael Ferentini (South Salem, N.Y.). Cronin then put Stevens up, 2-0, on an unassisted man-up tally at the 9:58 mark.
Springfield then ran off four consecutive goals in the first period over a 3:44 span to close out the first period with a 4-2 lead. Sheehan put away the Pride's goal at 9:03 and then Kevin Freeman (Minisink, N.Y.) knotted the action at 2-2 just 1:03 later. Sheehan gave Springfield its first lead at the 5:29 mark, and just 10 seconds later, Ryon Lynch (Frederick, Md.) capped off the first quarter run.
As the second period got underway, Tony LaGuerre (Shrub Oak, N.Y.) gave the Pride a three-goal edge just 2:29 into the frame. Sophomore Andrew Scrutchfield (Lewes, Del.) scored Stevens' second man-up goal in the showdown nearly two minutes later to bring the Ducks back to within two, 5-3.
Bryce Serriello (Cape Cod, Mass.) put Springfield back up by three on his first of a game-high four goals at the just under five minutes into the second quarter. Scrutchfield then found junior Michael Maroon (Virginia Beach, Va.) for his first goal of a hat trick performance with 7:53 remaining which made the score, 6-4, in favor of Springfield. The Pride once again build a three-goal lead at the 5:55 mark on Lynch's second goal, but 40 seconds later, Ferentini ended the offense for both sides with his lone goal to make it a 7-5 contest heading into halftime.
Springfield seemed poised to pull away in the third quarter with three straight scores over the first 11 minutes of the quarter, including a pair from Ryan Murphy (Mansfield, Mass.). Now trailing 10-5 with 4:08 on the clock, sophomore Brett Incollingo (Yardley, Pa.) won the ensuing face-off, picked up the groundball and netted his first goal of the season just five seconds after Springfield scored. Maroon cut the Ducks' deficit back to three, 10-7, with just over two minutes left in the third off a feed from freshman Connor Towne (San Jose, Calif.) for the final tally of period three.
whi Cronin opened the final quarter with his second man-up goal and second assist from Scrutchfield in the first minute. Springfield answered immediately with another Serriello strike to remain ahead by three scores, 11-8, just six seconds later. The Ducks continued to fight and got back to within a single goal at 11-10 on consecutive scores from O'Shea and Maroon from 13:39 to 10:39, both were assisted by Scrutchfield. The Pride put the game away with three goals in a 2:23 span after the 7:34 mark in the quarter as Sheehan completed his hat trick and Serriello found the back of the cage twice. Maroon paced Stevens with three goals, while Cronin netted two. Ferentini, Incollingo, Scrutchfield, Serrante and O'Shea all picked up one score. Scrutchfield dished out a game-best four assists, while Ferentine and Towne had one. Incollingo also won 17-of-22 face-off and scooped up a game-high 12 groundballs.
Freshman Kevin Rafferty (Bay Shore, N.Y.) stopped eight shots in the losing effort. Springfield's goalie, Connor Nash (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) made 13 saves. Lynch finished with two goal and two assists, while Murphy had two goals and a helper. Devin Abad (East Longmeadow, Mass.) picked up a team-best six ground balls in the win.
Stevens outshot Springfield, 49-33, and won the groundball battle, 38-31. The Ducks also won 18-of-27 face-off, but were on the wrong end in clears, as the Pride converted on 15-of-17 and Stevens was 8-for-11. Both teams turned the ball over 15 times.
Springfield looks to continue its winning ways next Saturday when it hosts local-rival Western New England at 12:00 pm.