An unbelievable team effort caps off the Pride's season as it finishes with an 11-7 record, while Cortland moves on in the NCAA Tournament with a record of 16-1.
Trailing 5-3 after Kyle Simensky found the back of the cage just 32 seconds into the second half, the Pride rattled off three-straight goals in 1:31 to take its first lead of the game, 6-5. Kyle Gable tallied his third goal of the game when he finished a Jake Jones feed and fired a low shot into the net with 11:37 on the clock. 45 seconds later, Tyler Montgomery buried a man-up goal to knot the game at five all. Springfield then took its first lead of the game after Kyle Louer dodged from behind the cage and beat Cortland goalie Mike Robinson over his left shoulder into the top corner of the net.
A Billy Fuchs man-up goal knotted the game at six before the Pride would string together two-more goals to take its largest lead of the game. After a breakdown defensively by Cortland on it's ride, Joe Macchi found Joe Heney on the crease and Heney delivered after a pair of great moves on the goalie. 22 seconds later, Heney then put SC up two after Jake Beebe fired a pass from 15 yards away to Heney on the crease, who faked out Cortland's goalie once again.
However, a pair of quick tallies in the final 2:07 gave the Red Dragons momentum heading into the final quarter.
In the fourth, Fuchs put the home squad up 9-8 off a feed from Simensky. Facing two-men down, the Pride stunned the crowd as after another great save from goalie Tom Albano, an outlet pass found Beebe in transistion. Beebe beat a pair of defenders as he tallied the two-man down goal to knot the game at nine. Three unanswered tallies in the final six minutes gave the home squad the 12-9 victory.
Springfield was on its heals in the first quarter as it did not win a face-off, was just 3 of 9 on clears, and was outshot 17-3, yet only trailed 2-1. After Cortland opened up with the first two goals of the game, Chris Jez picked up a ground ball off a blocked shot and buried a goal with 22 ticks on the clock.
Albano was absolutley outstanding as he made great save after great save, finishing with 20 stops in the contest. Heney, Gable, and Beebe all tallied three points in the loss, while Chris Sharpe finished with five ground balls and five caused turnovers in his final collegiate contest.
Simensky finished with three goals and two assists, while Fuchs, Ryan Heath, and Joey Morgan all tallied three points in the victory.