Boston, Mass. - March 30, 2018 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team began their New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title defense with a 28-6 win over Emerson College in both schools conference opener on Friday evening.
Springfield is now 6-3 with the win as it scored its most goals since 2014 when it bested Emerson by a 29-0 margin. Emerson is now 4-4 on the year.
18 different players found the back of the cage in the win for Springfield, with Ray McCarthy (Somers, Conn.) scoring four times and Tom Hurley (Goffstown, N.H.) delivering a hat trick for the visitors. Springfield finished the game with a 49-24 edge in shots.
After the teams traded goals just under two minutes into the game, Springfield scored four-straight as Tommy Nash (Massapequa, N.Y.), Matt Allen (Chevy Chase, Md.), Cole Pecora (North Haven, Conn.), and Hurley each netted strikes in a five-plus minute stretch to give Springfield a 5-1 cushion.
Each team would score twice over the next six-plus minutes of action to make it a 7-3 contest in favor of the Pride with 13:21 left in the first half. However, five seconds later, McCarthy struck for an unassisted goal to kickstart a 6-0 Springfield surge, which allowed the visitors to head into the locker room with a 13-3 cushion.
Springfield scored three of the first four goals of the second half, including a pair by McCarthy to go up 16-4, but the hosts would answer with a pair of markers 51 seconds apart to pull within 10 at the 1:41 mark. On the ensuing possession, Springfield's Matt D'Andrea (Cheshire, Conn.) potted an unassisted goal to close out the third-quarter scoring.
The Pride blew open the game in the fourth quarter, pouring in 11 goals en route to the 27-6 victory. Springfield's Ben Shea (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) was especially impressive in the final 15 minutes as he registered two goals and two assists for the visitors.
Up next for Springfield, the Pride will stay on the road and face Babson next Saturday, April 7, at 3 pm.