Springfield, Mass. - April 18, 2012 - Mike Delia netted five goals and added an assist to pace the Springfield College lacrosse team to a 16-3 win over visiting Clark University on Wednesday evening under the lights at Stagg Field in Pilgrim Lacrosse League action.
Springfield, ranked 19th in this week's USILA National Poll, has now won its last five games to improve to 9-3, 4-0 in league play. The loss drops Clark to 6-6, 2-2.
Delia's six points led all scorers, while Ryon Lynch added three goals. Both Eric Balslov and Shane Ferguson tallied two goals and an assist and Ryan Murphy tacked on two assists and a goal. Branden Fernandez dominated the face-offs, winning 14-of-19 to go along with 11 ground balls. Rob Maher earned the win in 45 minutes of action, giving up three goals and making six saves.
Thomas Lynch, Chris Johnson, and Jeffrey Wasson each scored on the night for Clark, while Keegan Callahan was credited with an assist. Andrew Devito took the loss as he gave up four goals in the first 15 minutes of play. Kevin Ranta played the final three quarters, allowing 12 goals despite making nine stops.
Springfield held a 57-17 advantage in shots, including a 34-8 edge in the first half. Springfield's ride continued to hamper opponents clears, as Clark was limited to just 10-for-20 on the night. Springfield's man-down unit also held Clark off the scoreboard on all five of their chances.
Springfield got off to a great start thanks to Delia’s first goal of the game just 39 seconds into the contest. Murphy added another strike at 12:43, getting free and stuffing a shot inside the near post after his defender was tripped up behind the cage. Delia added an unassisted goal with 10:05 on the clock before Ferguson found the back of the net with 4:04 left, sniping the top shelf off a quick look from Kevin Freeman.
Springfield continued to roll to start the second quarter, using goals for four different players in the first 5:51 to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Delia, Balslov, Lynch, and Freeman all scored for the hosts before Clark finally got on the board at the 7:25 mark. The Cougars' Lynch caught a Callahan pass in traffic and fired home the visitors first marker. Lynch closed out the first half for Springfield with his second goal of the quarter to make it a 9-1 contest after 30 minutes of action.
The Cougars began the third quarter with two goals just 48 seconds apart thanks to unassisted strikes from Wasson and Johnson. However, Springfield would not back down, scoring the final six goals of the stanza en route to a commanding 15-3 advantage. Both Ferguson and Balslov had a goal and an assist in the run, each netting highlight real goals assisted from each another.
Delia's fifth goal of the game with 13:31 remaining in regulation closed out the scoring as Springfield completed the 16-3 win.
Springfield will continue conference play when it battles with Wheaton at 3:00 pm.