Last season, the Pride advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament before falling to eventual national-runner up, Cortland State, 12-9. Springfield earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament after winning the Pilgrim Lacrosse League for the seventh time in program history. Springfield then went on to defeat Kean University, 17-2, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
The 2009 Pride returns 10 seniors as well as 78% of its scoring output from last season. Leading the charge on attack will be Jake Beebe, who tallied a team-best 65 points in '08. Along with Beebe, the Pride will be paced by the play of First-Team All-Pilgrim Lacrosse League selections Jason Farrell and Sam Burrell, as well second-team selections Mike Smith, and Tom Albano.
Beebe and Burrell were also chosen as Inside Lacrosse/Face-Off Magazine preseason honorable mention All-Americans.
Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 20 NCAA Division III Poll
8. Washington College
12. St. Lawrence