Middlebury, Vt. - April 12, 2017 - Despite a late fourth-quarter push, the Springfield College men's lacrosse team dropped a 13-12 decision to Middlebury College on Wednesday afternoon in Alumni Stadium.
In a meeting between two teams who were each receiving votes in the latest USILA National Coaches Poll, Springfield dropped to 6-3, while Middlebury improved to 5-7.
The difference in the game was Middelbury's efficiency from the face-off "X", as the Panthers won 21-of-29 draws en route to owning a 44-24 edge in ground balls for the game.
Tom Hurley (Goffstown, N.H.) paced the Pride with three goals and two assists, while Lucas Habich (Little Silver, N.J.) chipped in three goals and an assist. Jake Reynolds (Scituate, Mass.) made 13 saves in the loss and Brendan Dooley (Setauket, N.Y.) caused a game-high three turnovers.
The hosts stormed out to a 4-0 lead just under 10 minutes into the contest before unassisted strikes from Dooley and Hurley cut the lead to two with 10 seconds remaining in the quarter.
After Middlebury responded with a pair of goals in the opening 2:46 of the second, a man-down goal from Phillip Dumont (Watertown, Mass.) and another from Hurley made it a 6-4 game with 6:37 on the clock. However, the Panthers lead ballooned to 9-4 with 1:46 remaining following three unanswered goals, only to have Hurley connected with Habich and Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.) in the final 37 seconds to trim Middlebury's lead to 9-6 at the half.
Following a nine-goal third quarter, the defenses settled in for both squads and the Pride netted the first two goals of the frame, getting a marker from Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.) 53 seconds in before Hurley buried a man-up goal at the 3:09 mark. Middlebury closed out the stanza potting a pair of goals in the final 1:26 to regain a three-goal cushion.
The Panthers continued their scoring burst, adding two more goals to open the fourth to push its lead to five at 13-8 with 8:24 remaining. Springfield made one final surge, getting an unassisted strike from Ty Daugstrup (Rocky River, Ohio) at 5:25 and another from Vail at 3:30. After a man-up goal from Habich with 1:30 on the clock, Springfield won the ensuing face-off and burned a pair of timeouts before Habich scored from 18 yards out with 32 seconds left. Middlebury's won the next face-off and Springfield was never able to get off a game-tying attempt.
Springfield will return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday evening when it travels into Boston to face Emerson at 6 pm.
Photo by Mark Finerty