Springfield, Mass. - March 24, 2012 - The Springfield College men’s lacrosse team dropped a close non-conference battle with Endicott on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field as the Gulls held on for a 9-7 victory. With the victory, 20th-ranked Endicott moves to 4-3 on the season, while the 12th-ranked Pride fall to 4-2 overall.
The Pride were led by Shane Ferguson and Dylan Sheehan, who eached scored two goals, while Ryan Murphy, Eric Balslov, and Mike Delia contributed with one goal each.
Seven Gulls contributed with goals for the visitors, with Jon Thanas and Joshua Tordik chipping in two apiece. Harrison Cotter, Jake Heger, Kyle Weber, Peter Erickson, and Connor Prescott added one goal as well.
Endicott drew first blood with 6:29 left in the first period. After three Gull shot attempts went wide, the visitors capitalized on a fourth chance when Brendan Eppley found Erickson in front of the Pride net for the score.
Springfield got the goal back less than four minutes later. Off of an Endicott turnover, Lynch passed it off to Sheehan for the equalizer.
The Gulls responded with a 3-0 spurt in the second period to stretch the lead to 4-1. Kyle Weber scored on an assist from Jon Thanas, Connor Prescott scored on his own move, and Kyle Burke found Jake Heger all within the three-minute scoring spree for Endicott.
Sheehan added his second goal with 2:15 left in the first half, this time using a Ryan Murphy assist to bring Springfield back to within two at the midway point.
Endicott rebounded in the third period, with Thanas and Harrison Cotter scoring two goals in the first five minutes to make it 6-2. Springfield got one back off a strike from Murphy, but Endicott added two more to increase the lead to five goals at 8-3.
The Gulls maintained a 9-4 advantage late in the fourth period before Springfield made one final push. Two goals by Ferguson and another by Delia rallied the Pride to within two at 9-7, but that was all the home team could muster.
Tom Burke finished with nine saves between the pipes to earn the win, while Springfield's goalkeepers, Connor Nash and Rob Maher combined for seven saves as they each played a half.
The Pride head to Exeter, N.H. on Tuesday evening for a battle with Bowdoin in a neutral site contest beginning at 7:00 pm.