Springfield, Mass. – March 29, 2014 - Following a three-goal performance from Bryce Serriello (Cape Cod, Mass.) and four points from junior Dylan Sheehan (Massapequa, N.Y.), the Springfield College men’s lacrosse team coasted to a 13-5 victory over the Wheaton Lyons on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
Re-joining the NEWMAC after spending nine seasons in the Pilgrim League, the Pride improve to 6-2 overall with the victory and post their first in-conference victory of the year. However, with the loss, Wheaton falls to 3-6 overall and 0-1 in conference.
The league had originally sponsored men’s lacrosse from 1999 through 2004, although the five NEWMAC schools also participated in the Pilgrim League during that time, in order to be eligible for NCAA championship selection. Following the 2004 season, the NEWMAC discontinued its sponsorship of the sport and league members continued their participation in the Pilgrim League.
The Pride broke the game open in the fourth quarter, netting seven goals on 11 shots to cruised to the nine-goal victory.
Both netminders were especially impressive in the slopping conditions, and Connor Nash (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) picked up his fifth victory of the season and finished with 14 saves. Wheaton goalkeeper Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I.) posted 15 of his own.
Springfield got the scoring started at the 8:48 mark of the opening quarter, when junior Matt Dalton (Somers, N.Y.) netted a long shot from the top of the box to give the Pride a 1-0 edge.
With 3:18 remaining in the first quarter, Wheaton’s Barrett Jenness (Edmonds, Wash.) caught a pass on the crease and fired it past Nash to even the game at one.
In the opening minutes of the second quarter, sophomore Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.) took a pass from Devin Abad (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and dodged down the left alley, letting a jump shot fly that stung the top-right corner of the net past Bramhall to give the Pride a 2-1 lead.
At the 6:50 mark, back-to-back goals from Serriello and Sheehan gave the Pride a three-goal lead, but an inside roll and finish from Jenness brought the score to 4-2 at the half.
Just 2:06 into the second half, Wheaton midfielder Brian Teague (Cross River, N.Y.) picked up a ball and moved it to Jenness in transition, who found the back of the net on Nash to pull the Lyons to within one.
Senior midfielder Kevin Freeman (Minisink, N.Y.) dodged hard down the right alley and fired a bounce-shot past Bramhall to give the Pride a two goal advantage with 3:23 left in the third quarter.
Just 46 seconds later, Sheehan found the net for the second time on the day after dodging across the top of the box and finding the bottom right corner of the net.
At the 13:35 mark of the final quarter, Wheaton freshman Ryan Gjerset (Austin, Texas) fired a bounce-shot from 15 yards off the slick turf that found its way through a screen on Nash to make the score 6-4.
Serriello then took over as he pumped in his second goal of the game after dodging down the left alley and beating Bramhall to re-gain their three-goal lead. Serriello later ripped a shot past Bramhall from the top of the box with 9:11 remaining in the contest to give the Pride an 8-4 lead.
With 7:28 remaining in the contest, Sheehan found senior attackman Ryon Lynch (Frederick, Md.) on the crease for his tenth goal of the season. Under one minute later, Gjerset netted his second goal of the game to make it 9-5 in Springfield’s favor.
A pair of goals from senior midfielder Dom Roberto (Malden, Mass.) and another inside finish from Lynch gave the Pride a 12-5 lead late in the contest. At the 2:09 mark, senior Ryan Murphy (Mansfield, Mass.) beat his defender from behind the net and potted a one-handed wrap-a-round shot to make it 13-5 Pride, icing the victory for Springfield.
Springfield dominated the face-off "X", winning 16 of the 20 draws, led by senior Branden Fernandez (Warwick, N.Y.), who went 11-for-14 to go along with seven ground balls.
The Pride will look to continue their NEWMAC success next Saturday when they travel to Cambridge, Mass. to take on the Engineers of MIT. The game is set for 1:00 p.m.