BEVERLY, Mass., February 27, 2007 - Springfield College sophomore attackman Jake Beebe (Sudbury, Mass.) scored a team-best two goals for the Pride, ranked 17th in the latest Laxpower.com poll, but it was the Endicott College Gulls which defeated SC, 10-6, in each team's 2007 season opener this afternoon in Beverly, Mass.
The Pride struck first on a bizarre own goal, as Endicott goaltender Sean Kearney left his cage to scoop up a loose ball behind the net. A weird bounce pushed the ball in front of the Endicott cage, eventually deflecting off a defender’s stick and into the EC goal. Beebe doubled the visitor’s lead just a minute later, beating Kearney from 12-yards out to put SC up 2-0. Following an Endicott timeout, the Gulls got themselves on the board as Nick Cosco rifled a shot past Pride goaltender Kyle Cloutier’s (South Hadley, Mass.) right shoulder, making the score 2-1. SC would end the first quarter up two after freshman attackman Joe Heney (Plainview, N.Y.) found the back of the net on the near side, giving the visitors a two-goal cushion.
Endicott cut the lead in half as Brandon Dube corralled a loose ball in front of the SC cage and beat Cloutier on a slick bounce shot to pull the score to 3-2. The Gulls evened the game at three-all when Taylor Wuenneman got a pretty give-and-go feed from Dube and beat Cloutier on the crease, tying the game for the first time. The Pride responded as sophomore midfielder Jake Jones (Amherst, Mass.) stuck a crank shot under the crossbar, regaining the slight one goal lead for the visitors. Eddie O’Reilly kept the see-saw first half going as the he made the score 4-4. Moments later, the Gulls grabbed their first lead of the afternoon as Joe Gugino scored on a bounce shot from 15-yards out, giving Endicott the 5-4 halftime lead.
The third quarter started and Endicott built their lead to two just 3:00 minutes in, as Dan Ryan swept to the left side and found the back of the net, making the score 6-4. The Gulls would pull ahead by three when Patrick Gaffney legged the ball coast-to-coast and found Eddie O’Reilly, who skipped the ball backdoor to Brandon Dube for a nice quick stick goal, putting Endicott up 7-4. The Pride closed out the third quarter as sophomore attackman Kyle Gable (Somers, Conn.) took a feed from junior midfielder Tyler Montgomery (Brunswick, Me.) and beat the Endicott goaltender, closing the score to within two at 7-5.
SC turned to Jake Beebe in the fourth quarter, as the sophomore attackman took a pass from Jake Jones and ripped a shot into the Endicott goal, pulling the Pride to within one at 7-6. That was as close as the visitors would get, however, as Endicott regained its two goal lead when David Scarfo took a pass on the crease from Wuenneman and beat Cloutier off stick hip, putting Endicott up 8-6. The Gulls advanced their lead to three as Josh Gilbert found the back of the net on a low bounce shot, pushing the Gulls to a 9-6 lead. The Blue and Green sealed the season-opening victory as Eddie O’Reilly found a wide open Nick Cosco who put the game away with a crank shot, pushing Endicott to the 10-6 win.
The Pride opens up its 2007 home season when it hosts 12th-ranked Nazareth College on Sunday afternoon, March 4th, in a 12:00 p.m. start at Benedum Field.