Springfield, Mass. - March 16, 2013 - Despite giving up a season-low seven goals, the Springfield College men's lacrosse team could not muster enough offense as it fell to visiting Union, 7-4, on Stagg Field Saturday afternoon in non-conference play.
The 18th-ranked Dutchmen are now 3-1, while Springfield is 1-4 during the midst of one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation.
Union was led by Rob Santangelo, who delivered three assists, and two goals and an assist from Nolan Stauffer. Nate Greenberg also had a goal and a helper, while Kyle Christine picked up a team-best four ground balls.
Ryon Lynch continued to be the Pride's catalyst on offense, notching a goal and two helpers, while Ryan Murphy added a pair of goals. Dylan Sheehan posted a goal and an assist in the loss, and Branden Fernandez went 9-of-14 from the "X" to go along with five ground balls.
In the pipes, Rob Maher tallied 12 saves, while his counterpart, Stefan Basile, notched 10 stops, giving up just two goals in 56:47. Devyn Jefferies played the final 3:13, surrending two goals and making one save.
Union held a 33-26 edge in shots, including a 14-1 advantage in the decisive second quarter.
Union opened up the score at the 6:22 mark of the first quarter after Santangelo found Stauffer for a goal in transition. The Pride answered back under a minute later with their lone goal of the opening half as Sheehan delivered a terrific feed from behind the cage into traffic, which Lynch tucked in the left side.
The Dutchmen closed out the first-half scoring with four unanswered goals, all from different players, to go into the half with a 5-1 advantage. Both Stauffer and Santangelo were masterful in the run for the visitors, each collecting a pair of assists in the spurt.
Sheehan scored the Pride's first goal in over 20 minutes as he stuffed in a shot along the near post off a feed from Lynch 2:27 into the second half. However, the Dutchmen pumped in the game's next two goals, including a man-up blast from Jonathan Andrews with 3:13 left in regulation, to gain their largest lead of the day, 7-2.
Murphy closed out the scoring with two goals in the final 1:25 as the Pride came up short by a three-goal margin.
The Pride will now take off on its Spring Break before returning to action on Saturday, March 23rd when it travels to square off with regional-rival Endicott for a 1:00 pm contest.