Springfield, Mass. - May 6, 2017 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team poured in nine goals in the second quarter and never looked back as it defeated Clark University, 18-10, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Stagg Field on Saturday.
Springfield improved to 12-4 and claimed its 10th-consecutive conference title and earned the NEWMAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Clark concludes its season at 13-5. Springfield will find out who it will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament when the Division III field is announced at 9 p.m. on Sunday night.
Ty Daugstrup (Rocky River, Ohio) was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship as he poured in five goals to lead the Pride's offense. Springfield held a 42-36 edge in shots for the game and held a 35-23 advantage in ground balls.
Springfield opened up the scoring just 56 seconds into the contest when Dom Abate (Beverly, Mass.) beat his man on an inside roll along the crease for the game's first marker. The Cougars evened things up on a snip from Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.), as the sophomore tucked a shot from 15 yards out under under the cross bar.
Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.) put the Pride back on top when he took a feed from Abate and stepped into one from 10 yards out at the 3:53 mark. Clark scored the final two goals of the quarter as Will Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) shook his man and converted on the crease with 2:54 remaining to tie the game and Isaac Bass (Amherst, Mass.) blistered a shot in transition with 50 seconds remaining in the quarter to provide Clark a 3-2 edge.
The combo of Abate and Daugstrup combined for a pair of Springfield goals in the opening 2:13 to put the hosts back on top for good. Brendan Dooley (Setauket, N.Y.) found Vail in transition to make it a two-goal game with 7:36 on the clock and Clark burned a timeout at 6:55 when Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.) finished an inside feed from Vail.
Out of the break, Duncan Preston (South Portland, Maine) and Matthew LaCroix (Westfield, Mass.) scored just six seconds apart, and Tom Hurley (Goffstown, N.H.) cleaned up a scramble in front of the cage as the Pride's lead ballooned to 9-3 with 5:11 left. Boss added his second of the game for the Pride's eighth goal of the quarter and Daugstrup completed the hat trick when he ripped a shot into the top shelf to give the hosts a 11-3 lead at the half.
Mandracchia scored Clark's first goal in over 15 minutes to break the visitors drought 2:29 into the third, but Tim Cozens (Ridgefield, Conn.) answered back for the Pride with an outstanding individual effort to push the lead back to eight with 11:23 on the clock. Springfield benefited from another strike from Vail to close out the third with a 13-4 edge.
Daugstrup ripped his fourth of the night 1:19 into the fourth to give Springfield a double-digit lead, before Jack Goracy scored Clark's second goal of the second half with 12:14 remaining. The Pride answered with goals from Boss and Austin Sierra (Longmeadow, Mass.) just seven seconds apart, only to have Clark benefit from a trio of Springfield penalties to put together four goals of a three-minute span, including a three-straight man-up goals, to make it a 16-9 contest with 6:22 remaining. Daugstrup stung his fifth of the game to get the Pride back on the board and Hurley went up top in transition to make 18-9 with 1:43 remaining. Nick Johnson scored totaled his fifth point of the game, scoring with 13 ticks remaining to close out the scoring.
Jake Reynolds (Scituate, Mass.) made 11 saves between the pipes, while Vail totaled three goals and two helpers and Dooley had a team-best five ground balls.