Springfield, Mass. - February 13, 2017 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team will kick off the 2017 campaign receiving votes in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/Nike Preseason Coaches Poll .
Last season, the Pride won its ninth-straight conference championship before being edged by St. Lawrence in the NCAA Division III Championship Sweet 16. Springfield returns seven starters from a team that reached the NCAA Division III Championship Sweet 16 for the third time in the past seven seasons and owned a 12-8 record this season, with seven of the eight losses coming to teams who were nationally ranked at the time.
The Pride will be led this season by Brendan Dooley (Setauket, N.Y.), who was one of only six short-stick defensive midfielders in the country to earn USILA All-America recognition last season. The 2016 NEWMAC Men's Lacrosse Athlete of the Year, made an impact all over the field for the Pride, leading the team with 21 caused turnovers and totaling 65 ground balls as the dynamic midfielder also produced 15 goals and 11 assists for 25 points.
Now entering his 34th season at Springfield College, head coach Keith Bugbee has posted 365 wins, the most of any coach in the history of New England lacrosse. In fact, Bugbee is currently the sixth all-time winningest coach in the history of NCAA lacrosse across all three divisions.
The Pride will open up the 2017 campaign when it hosts Nazareth College, who is also receiving votes in the national rankings on February 25 at 12:00 pm.