Rochester, N.Y. - February 25, 2012 - Sophomore Ryon Lynch erupted for eight points off five goals and three assists to power the Springfield College men's lacrosse team to a 15-7 win on the road at Nazareth College on Saturday afternoon.
Lynch, who had just 10 career points entering the game, was tremendous in the win for the Pride, who improved to 2-0 with the win. The Golden Flyers dropped to 0-1 in their season opener. After losing their first seven meetings to Nazareth, this marks the second-straight season that Springfield has bested the Golden Flyers.
Mike Delia added four goals and an assist, while Parker Geane posted four points, including his second-straight hat trick. Branden Fernandez continued to be effective from the face-off "X", winning 13-of-21 draws while scooping up seven ground balls. In his first action of the season between the pipes, Robert Maher earned the win as he posted five saves.
For the game, Springfield outshot the host Golden Flyers, 46-25.
Nazareth was lead by CJ Estes and Drew Simoneau who had two goals each for the Golden Flyers. Nazareth got the scoring started quickly when Simoneau scored just 16 seconds into the game. Springfield then responded with four unanswered goals to close out the first period as Lynch, Delia, Geane, and Eric Balslov all found the back of the cage.
Nazareth then started the second period with a two-goal rally that pulled them within a single goal at 4-3. Springfield would answer with goals from Geane, Delia and Balslov before John McDonnel scored for the Nazareth just before halftime, as the Pride headed into the break up 7-4.
Springfield broke the game open at the start of the second half, scoring five-straight goals and holding Nazareth scoreless for over fourteen minutes. Delia and Lynch each scored twice in the run as the Pride came out of the half in dominating fashion, pumping home three goals in the first 50 seconds. Nazareth finally broke the rally when Estes scored with 54 seconds remaining in the half.
Will Fallo also scored for Nazareth with one second left in the third to trim the deficit to 12-6 going into the final period.
Nazareth continued their rally in the fourth, when Estes scored his second goal of the game at the 12:38 mark and cut the Pride lead to five goals. That would be as close as the Golden Flyers would get however, as Springfield close with three straight scores, including two unassisted markers from Lynch, to claim a 15-7 victory.
The Pride will return to action on March 4 when it travels to take on Stevens.