Springfield, Mass. - May 5, 2010 - Kyle Gable pumped in four goals to lead the top-seeded Springfield College men's lacrosse team back to the Pilgrim Lacrosse League Tournament Championship after it defeated fourth-seeded MIT, 14-5, on Wednesday night on Stagg Field.
With the win, Springfield now stands at 11-5 on the year, while MIT drops to 8-7.
For the third-straight season, Springfield will take on Wheaton College in the Pilgrim League Tournament Championship game with a NCAA Tournament berth on the line. Wheaton advanced to the championship contest after dispatching Babson, 18-8, in the other semifinal on Wednesday afternoon.
Springfield and Wheaton will square off for the league title on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm on Stagg Field.
Gable led all scorers with four goals in the contest, while Jarrid Johnson, Kyle Louer, and Joe Macchi each had two strikes in the win. Harry Bernstein and Joe Heney were each credited with a pair of assists, as was Shawn Runyon.
Mark Eaton continued to be a force at the face-off "X" as we went 10-of-17 with a game-high 10 ground balls. Three goalies saw action for the Pride, with senior Matt Cipolla earning the win in his first start of the year.
Dan Piemont posted a hat trick for the visiting Engineers, while Corey Garvey totaled a goal and an assist. Christopher Rullan played all 60 minutes between the pipes and recorded 21 saves in the loss.
Springfield outshot MIT, 50-15, and won the ground ball battle, 53-29. The Pride won 14 of the 23 face-offs in the contest and forced MIT in 36 turnovers in the contest.
The Pride opened up the scoring 2:24 into the contest after Austin Orsini took a 30-yard pass from Runyon and slipped home a shot on the crease.
MIT answered back to even the game just 1:15 later as it took advantage off a failed Springfield clear. On a quick restart, Garvey picked up the loss ball and ripped a bounce shot into the back of the cage from 10 yards out.
However, Springfield closed out the remaining of the first quarter with six unanswered goals to take a commanding 7-1 lead. Johnson tallied a pair of goals in the spurt to pace the Springfield offense.
Johnson connected with Gable 1:52 into the second quarter as Springfield’s lead increased to 8-1. MIT wouldn’t go away as it scored back-to-back goals 35 seconds apart as Piemont and Carl Tilbury found the back of the cage to make it an 8-3 contest with 6:08 left in the first half.
The Pride closed out the first half scoring with three goals in the final 5:44 to own an 11-3 lead after the first 30 minutes of play. Macchi scored at the 5:44 mark before Gable pumped in two more goals to give him three tallies in the half.
The second half was played at a much slower pace as the teams combined for just five goals in the final two quarters. Piemont registered an unassisted strike in the only goal of the third stanza, before Louer and Gable each scored to start the fourth to give the hosts a 13-4 lead. Piemont once again scored an unassisted goal with 5:44 and Evan Buss closed out the scoring in the game with an impressive goal just nine seconds later after winning the face-off.