Springfield, Mass. - April 6, 2013 - Junior Ryon Lynch erupted for nine points, including six goals, to power the Springfield College men's lacrosse team to a 22-7 victory over MIT in Pilgrim League action Saturday afternoon on Stagg Field.
Springfield has now strung together three-straight wins to improve to 4-6, 2-0 in league play. The loss drops MIT's record to 2-6, 0-1.
Lynch put on a masterful performance, recording six goals and three assists, playing just into the third quarter. Ryan Murphy added two goals and three assists, and Brendan Boss notched two goals and two helpers. Matt Dalton was tremendous in the transition game, netting two goals and adding an assist with his longstick. Sean Doolady dominated the "X", going 16-for-23, and Lynch caused three turnovers. Rob Maher earned the win after playing the first half, while Connor Nash was terrific in the third quarter, making seven saves. Kevin MacBride closed out the fourth quarter with four stops.
Sean Burke scored twice for the Engineers, and Luke Verdi had a goal and an assist. John Kramer had a team-best three ground balls, and Chris Rullan was credited with six saves in 45 minutes of work in goal.
Boss opened up the scoring just 42 seconds into the game, blasting a shot into the back of the cage from eight yards out. However, MIT answered back with the game's next two goals to take a 2-1 lead with 9:36 left on the clock. Jonah Hessels spun to get free for a blast from 10 yards out, before Elliot Sykora converted in transition with his longstick.
Springfield responded by scoring nine unanswered goals, seven of which were netted by the starting attack unit of Lynch, Boss, and Murphy. The Engineers answered with back-to-back unassisted goals just 28 seconds apart by Chris Cook and Verdi to make it a 10-4 ball with 3:28 left in the half. Springfield closed out the opening half with three more goals, highlighted by a 15-yard blast from Bryce Serriello.
The Pride put the game away for good with seven unanswered goals to start the second half, two of which came off the stick of Kevin Freeman. Kevin Dean's second goal of the game gave Springfield's its largest cushion, 21-5, with 7:46 left in regulation.
The hosts owned a 43-28 edge in shots, including a 29-8 advantage in the first half. Springfield won the ground ball battle, 24-16, and won 20 of the 32 face-offs.
Springfield will play its final non-conference game of the regular season when it heads to Amherst on Wednesday evening.