HOBOKEN, N.J. - March 8, 2008 – Preseason All-American Jake Beebe's go-ahead goal with just 36 seconds remaining in regulation capped off a sensational comeback by the Springfield College men's lacrosse team at Stevens Tech on Saturday afternoon. Trailing 9-1 with 11:07 remaining in the third quarter, the Pride's defense held the Ducks without a goal over the final 26:07 of the game and netted nine unanswered goals as it claimed a 10-9 victory.
The win improves the Pride to 2-2 this season while Stevens Tech falls to 1-2.
Chris Jez was the difference down the stretch as he dominated the "X" when it counted, winning all eight face-offs in the fourth quarter. The senior finished winning 13-of-23 face-offs in the game, going 10-for-13 in the second half. He also scooped up a game-high eight ground balls.
Stevens broke a scoreless tie midway through the first quarter when junior midfielder Eric Smith found the back of the net off a feed from junior midfielder Matt Keating. On the ensuing faceoff, sophomore midfielder Bobby Steinhauser won the draw, raced down the middle of the field, and found senior attacker John Dolny for a goal.
After Springfield scored to close to within 2-1, the Ducks rattled off seven consecutive goals to open a 9-1 lead. Sophomore attacker Josh Holmes and Dolny combined for four goals during that stretch for Stevens, which led 7-1 at halftime. The Ducks also received goals from sophomore attacker Daniel Prakopcyk, senior midfielder Frank Sorrentino, and junior midfielder Jaeke Donahue during that run.
After Dolny found the back of the cage with 11:07 remaining in the third quarter, the Ducks would be held scoreless the rest of the way. Springfield, which had managed just one goal at the 7:04 mark in the first quarter off a man-up tally from Tyler Montgomery, was outscored 5-0 in the second quarter.
Montgomery sparked the Pride's comeback after he completed his hat trick, netting a pair of unassisted goals 2:48 apart in the third quarter. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Pride trailed 9-3 but went on to net seven goals in the fourth stanza.
After Jez won his first of eight face-offs in the fourth, Beebe connected with Greg Welch nine seconds into the fourth quarter. 34 seconds later, Welch returned the favor as he recorded an assist on a goal by Jake Jones with 14:17 remaining.
An unassisted tally by Joe Macchi at the 11:07 mark made the score 9-6 before Welch connected with Beebe at the 4:34 mark. Off another Jez face-off win, the Pride's Kyle Gable found the back of the cage 35 seconds later to bring the Pride within one. With 2:35 remaining in the game, Springfield knotted the game at nine goals apiece after Montgomery fed Jones for his second goal of the game.
Beebe completed the improbable comeback with his second goal with just 36 seconds remaining. The Ducks did have one final chance to send the game to overtime, but Daniel Prakopcyk's shot went wide as time expired.
Montgomery finished with three goals and an assist while Beebe added two goals and two assists. Welch recorded three points off a goal and two helpers. Chris Sharpe picked up five ground balls in the win and goalie Tom Albano made eight stops in the cage. Springfield held a 40-33 edge in shots, including a 10-2 advantage in the decisive fourth quarter.
The Pride return to Stagg Field for its first night game of the 2008 campaign when it welcomes Amherst on Wednesday night for a 7:00 pm face-off.