Beverly, Mass. - March 19, 2017 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team stormed out to a 5-0 lead and did not look back as it topped Endicott College, 11-6, on Sunday afternoon at Hempstead Stadium.
Springfield improved to 3-1 on the season, while the Gulls remained winless at 0-5.
Jake Reynolds (Scituate, Mass.) continued to shine between the pipes for the Pride, as he tied a career-high with 21 saves while facing 45 shots on the day. Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.) carried the offensive load for the visitors, posting a career-high five points on four goals and an assist, while Dom Abate (Beverly, Mass.) and Tom Hurley (Goffstown, N.H.) each chipped in three points.
Abate got the scoring started for Springfield just 54 seconds into the game as he shook his defender and got free down the right alley for an unassisted marker. The Pride doubled its lead at the 11:39 mark when Abate connected with Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.) for a goal before Brendan Dooley (Setauket, N.Y.) caused a turnover and raced upfield to find Vail for a transistion goal with 7:18 to play. Springfield added another goal 1:49 later after Ty Daugstrup (Rocky River, Ohio) came from behind the cage to deliver a feed to Tim Cozens (Ridgfield, Conn.) to give the visitors a 4-0 cushion.
The Pride's lead grew to 5-0 on Vail's second marker of the game 2:58 into the second quarter, but the Gulls would cut into the lead when the hosts first goal of the afternoon with 6:31 remaining. Springfield regained its five-goal lead thanks to a terrific inside feed from Hurley to a cutting Boss, who finished along the crease with 4:20 on the clock. Hurley later benefited from a cross-crease pass from Vail in the waning seconds, as he pumped in the Pride's seventh goal of the half to head into the break with a 7-1 advantage.
The hosts scored the only two goals of the third quarter to make Springfield's lead 7-3, but Vail netted his third of the game 1:27 into the fourth to push the Pride's lead back to five. After Endicott responded with a goal 26 seconds later, Springfield rattled off three-straight goals in a 5:46 span to take complete control of the contest. Vail started the burst when he finished Lucas Habich's (Little Silver, N.J.) second assist of the quarter before Daugstrup and Abate scored two minutes apart to give the Pride an 11-4 lead. The Gulls tacked on two goals in the final 4:57, but it wasn't enough as Springfield earned the 11-6 non-conference win.
Springfield will now gear up to battle crosstown rival Western New England on March 25 for a 1:00 pm game at Golden Bear Stadium.
Photo by Mark Finerty