Amherst, Mass. - April 10, 2013 - Rob Maher recorded a season-best 21 saves, but it wasn't enough as the Springfield College men's lacrosse team lost its non-conference finale at Amherst College, 13-12, on Wednesday night.
Springfield had its three-game winning streak snapped and now is 4-7 on the year. The victory boosts Amherst's record to 4-6.
Bryce Serriello netted four goals on the evening for the Pride, while Ryan Murphy produced two goals and two assists. Branden Fernandez won 12-of-25 face-offs and picked up six ground balls.
Kane Haffey paved the way for the Amherst attack with a game-high six goals, while Devin Acton and Dylan Park each had a pair of scores. Quinn Moroney, Patrick Moroney, and Danny Gold accounted for the other three tallies, with Quinn Moroney adding three assists.
Finding Murphy on the right side, Colby Verge helped set up Springfield’s first score, assisting on the junior’s 24th of the season at 9:47. Responding less than a minute later, Quinn Moroney picked up a ground ball after a Sam Lawlor miss and found Haffey for the equalizer.
Capping off a flurry of goals, Murphy came right back down and linked up Mattt Fleisher before Serriello caught a pass on the left side. Dodging a defender he ripped a high shot past first-year Amherst goalkeeper Thomas Gilligan with under five minutes to go in the first. Tony LaGuerre added to the lead at 2:17, forcing an Amherst timeout.
Kevin Sainte kept the Pride rolling with a score 4:19 into the second period before Serriello fired a long shot while ranging to his right to make it 6-1. After Haffey and Serriello exchanged tallies 2:35 apart, Amherst rattled off three unanswered to pull within two.
Gold got the run started with a hard shot from 10 yards out at 3:46. Taking advantage of a locked-in Springfield penalty for an illegal body check, Park and Haffey netted a pair of goals in 59 seconds to suddenly make it 7-5. Ryon Lynch momentarily ended the Jeff hot-streak with a score with 41 seconds left, but Acton beat Maher with a low shot just before the half to keep the Purple & White within striking distance.
Wrapping around behind the net, Quinn Moroney again went low on Maher before Patrick Moroney found space to the right of goal. Making the initial save, Maher could not control the rebound as Haffey plucked it from the air and tucked a try inside the left post.
Tallying his fourth goal, Serriello put Springfield back on top at 9:25. Converting another man up opportunity, the Jeffs pulled even less than two minutes later on a Patrick Moroney shot that found the upper right corner.
Responding with a pair of goals, Kevin Freeman netted an even strength score at the 5:06 mark of the third before Sainte found a cutting Kevin Dean for a man-up tally just 51 seconds later. Park brought the Jeffs back within one with under three minutes to go in the quarter, but Murphy sneaked behind the cage and flicked a quick shot into net with just four seconds on the clock.
Causing a turnover early in the final period, Amherst got out in transition, with Acton putting a shot on goal. Once again at the right place at the right time, Haffey corralled the rebound and notched his fifth of the night to cut the deficit to 12-11. Finding open space on the right side after a restart, Haffey tied it for the second time with 4:39 left in regulation. Taking a pass behind the net, Acton wrapped around the left post, dodged a defender and scored in the upper left corner to give Amherst its first lead of the game with 1:04 to go.
The Pride will return to conference action on Saturday when it hosts Mass. Maritime at 2:00 pm.