For the second-straight season, Ryon Lynch (Frederick, Md.), a senior captain, has picked up conference Player of the Year honors. In 2014, Lynch proved to be the quarterback for a Springfield offense that averaged just fewer than 14 goals per game. The Physical Education currently has a team-high 70 points, including 23 goals and 47 assists. Lynch also ranked No. 12 in the nation, averaging 2.76 assists per game.
Lynch, also a NEWMAC first-team selection at attack, is joined by classmates Ryan Murphy (Mansfield, Mass.), Branden Fernandez (Warwick, N.Y.), Matt Giannelli (Norwich, Conn.) and Connor Nash (Burnt Hills, N.Y) on the first-team, as well as junior midfielder Bryce Serriello (Cape Cod, Mass.) and junior attackman Dylan Sheehan (Massapequa, N.Y.).
Senior midfielder Kevin Freeman (Minisink, N.Y.) and freshman Brendan Dooley (Setauket, N.Y.) were both NEWMAC second-team selections.
Murphy, a Sport Management major, posted 48 points at attack, consisting of 32 goals and 16 assists. The senior’s most notable game happened on March 8 against Western New England when he posted four goals and one assist in a comeback 9-7 victory over the cross-town rival Golden Bears.
Fernandez was instrumental for the Pride at the face-off “x” for the Pride in 2014, going 190-for-305 over the course of the season, winning 62.3 percent of his draws. The senior also leads the team with 115 ground balls.
Giannelli, a senior close defenseman and captain for the Pride had a strong senior campaign, anchoring a defensive unit that only allowed an average of 4.00 goals per game to conference opponents during the regular season. Nash, also a senior, was strong for the Pride between the pipes over the course of the season, only allowing 8.14 goals per game while hoisting a .574 save percentage, while also picking up 12 victories.
Serriello, a junior Recreational Management major, was a force for Springfield, leading the team with 40 goals. A sharp-shooter from the midfield, Serriello posted four goals and an assist on April 5 to pace the Pride to a 10-8 victory over MIT.
Sheehan, a junior attackman, was a consequential piece of the Pride’s offense this season, posting 61 points including 27 goals and 34 assists. The Physical Education major posted a pair of goals to go along with four assists in a 14-3 victory over Babson College to clinch the NEWMAC regular-season title.
Freeman, a senior captain and midfielder for the Pride produced a solid season for the maroon and white, posting 19 points including 14 goals and five assists. Dooley, a first-year student athlete, played an essential role in the success of the defense playing short-stick defensive midfielder. Dooley’s athleticism and composure helped the Pride in between the restraining lines, often creating transition offense for Springfield.
The Pride will look to continue in the 2014 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament when it will take on cross-town rival Western New England University in a first-round matchup on Wednesday, May 7. The game is slated to being at 4 p.m.