Springfield, Mass. - February 22, 2012 - Senior midfielder Shane Ferguson tallied four goals and added an assist to lead the Springfield College men's lacrosse team to a 13-10 win over visiting Gordon College in its season-opener on Wednesday afternoon on Stagg Field.
The Pride is now 1-0 and have won three-straight season openers over the Fighting Scots, who fell to 0-1.
Ferguson led the way with four goals and an assist to go along with nine ground balls. Both Mike Delia and Ryon Lynch had a goal and three helpers, while Parker Geane netted a hat trick in the victory. Connor Nash finished the afternoon with 13 saves, and Tim Cimini anchored the defense with six caused turnovers.
For the visitors, Adam Quinn posted a team-best four goals, while Wes Chittick recorded two goals and an assist. Dan Perednia chipped in a goal and two helpers, and Ian Knechtle added a team-best seven ground balls and four caused turnovers. Houston Zemanski was charged with the loss despite making 10 saves between the pipes.
It was a back-and-forth affair in which no team led by more than three goals the entire contest. The Pride held a slight 41-34 advantage in shots, but the telling stat of the game was Springfield's dominance at the face-off "X". The Pride finished the day 19-of-26, including a 12-for-14 showing in the first half. Branden Fernandez had a great outing, going 13-for-15 while picking up nine ground balls.
Springfield wasted little time scoring the game’s first goal as Eric Balslov connected with Geane for the Pride’s first goal of the season just 49 seconds into the contest. The hosts added to their lead at the 11:24 mark thanks to a great ride from Lynch. After Lynch caused a turnover, Ryan Murphy scooped up the ground ball and found Geane on the doorstep for another Springfield tally.
The Fighting Scots answered back with three unanswered goals to earn a 3-2 lead after the first quarter. Mio Sison started the run after he slipped home a bounce shot with 9:28 to play before Chittick tied the game just over a minute later after he bounced home a shot from 10 yards out. Gordon’s third-straight tally came from Perednia as he stung the top corner from 12 yards with 47 seconds left.
Springfield controlled the second quarter from the start as it pumped in four-straight tallies in the opening 4:12 to take a 6-3 advantage. Lynch, Geane, Delia, and Ferguson all scored in the stretch for the hosts.
Quinn sandwich two goals between another Ferguson marker in the final eight minutes of the second quarter as Springfield went into the half up 7-5. Quinn started the scoring with a physical goal around the cage at 8:03 before Ferguson ripped a shot off another great look from Delia with 4:32 left. Quinn closed out the first half scoring on a man-up goal which he blistered into the back of the net with 2:28 remaining.
Springfield used Sean Doolady’s first career goal with 6:30 on the clock in the third to regain a three-goal cushion. However, the Fighting Scots would not go away, as they answered back 40 seconds later on a Jordan Heckelmann strike. Balslov converted a quick-stick shot after a gorgeous feed from Lynch at 3:12, only to have Knechtle score his long pole 10 seconds later. Ferguson closed out the quarter with another important goal, this one coming on the run from 15 yards out.
The teams combined for six goals in the final 15 minutes of play as Gordon with got within two on three occasions. After Ferguson ripped a shot past Zemanski's hip with 7:30 remaining to make it 12-9, Quinn registered his final goal on a terrific individual effort. Following a sensational save by Nash, Quinn intercepted Nash's quick outlet pass on the crease and jammed the ball back into the net to make it a two-goal game with 5:41 remaining. Springfield's man-up unit put the game out of reach as Delia found Dylan Sheehan for his first collegiate goal at the 2:44 mark as Springfield held on for the win.
Springfield will hit the turf again on Saturday when it travels to take on Nazareth College at 12:00 pm.