Weston, Mass. - April 3, 2013 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team opened up a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back as it defeated Regis College, 26-3, in its Pilgrim Lacrosse League opener on Wednesday night.
Springfield has now strung together consecutive victories for the first time this season after playing six nationally ranked opponents to start the season as it improves to 3-6. Regis drops to 3-6 on the year and 0-1 in the Pilgrim League
The 26 goals was the most in a game for Springfield since it netted 27 in a 27-6 win over Clark on April 2, 2005.
Springfield’s Ryan Murphy got the scoring started for the Pride as he took a quick pass from Brendan Boss on the goal line and buried a bounce shot for an early 1-0 lead. Kevin Freeman put Springfield on top 2-0 after Ryon Lynch found Freeman from behind the net for a quick score. Tony LaGuerre and Lynch scored 13 seconds apart at the 7:52 and 7:39 mark of the opening period, before the Pride closed out the opening quarter with a 10-0 lead.
Lynch and Murphy scored the first two goals of the second quarter to stake Springfield to a 12-0 advantage before Regis entered the scoring column. Billy Stewart found Peter Leighton with a pass on the goal line, and Leighton juked his defender and buried a low shot to make it a 12-1 game.
Following a Jon Santer tally for Springfield, Regis’ Nicky Rodrigo took possession for the Pride following a timeout. Rodrigo carried the ball to his right and found Chris Campbell one-on-one with the Springfield keeper, a matchup Campbell won for the second Regis goal of the day. Kevin Dean answered three minutes later on a pass from Kevin Ostrom that gave Springfield a 15-2 lead headed into the half.
Springfield tacked on seven goals in the third quarter and KC Kardux made it a 23-2 game with a goal to open the fourth quarter. Rodrigo ended the run with a low shot off a pass from Nick Dallas to cut the deficit to 23-3, but Springfield added three more goals over the final five minutes of play to win their Pilgrim League opener, 26-3
Rodrigo led Regis with a two point day with a goal and an assist. Campbell and Leighton added the other tallies for the Pride, with Stewart and Dallas picking up assists. Jack O’Brien led Regis with 10 groundballs and went 6-for-13 on face-offs, while Stephan Bottex added two caused-turnovers and three groundballs. Morgan Ford suffered the setback, making 10 saves on the night.
Springfield had three players record hat-tricks led by three goals and two assists each from Santer and Lynch. LaGuerre added three goals and an assist, while Murphy, Dean, and Bryce Serriello had two goals apiece.
Kevin Murphy and Sean Doolady scooped up four groundballs apiece for Springfield, while Reece Ayers and Branden Fernandez each caused a pair of turnovers. Fernandez went 7-for-12 on face-offs for the night to lead a Springfield team that went 20-for-33 on face-offs on the evening. Connor Nash picked up his first win of the year while making three saves, with Kevin MacBride playing the final half and adding two saves.
The Pride will continue league action on Saturday when it hosts MIT at 3:00 pm.