Amherst, Mass. - March 26, 2019 - Playing its third nationally-ranked opponent of the season, the Springfield College men's lacrosse was downed by host Amherst College, 22-8, at Gooding Field on Tuesday.
The Pride slipped to 2-6 on the year as it dropped its third-straight outing. The Mammoths improved to 8-0 and entered the game ranked No. 2 in the the most recent USILA National Poll. Today's game marked the third team that Springfield has clashed with that has been ranked in the top 10 in the national poll.
Patrick Watson (Franklin, Mass.) totaled two goals and an assist in the loss, while Lucas Habich (Little Silver, N.J.) added two goals. Joseph Cameron (Stoneham, Mass.) won 15-of-31 faceoffs and picked up nine ground balls, and Cole Finerty (Kenginston, N.H.) made 15 saves in 45 minutes of action between the pipes. For the game, Amherst owned a 64-32 advantage in shots, held a 43-23 cushion in ground balls, and limited the Pride to 9-of-22 on clear attempts.
After Amherst netted the first three goals of the game, Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.) took a feed from Watson and buried the Pride's first marker of the contest with 9:21 left in the first quarter. The Mammoths responded with three-straight tallies to push their advantage to 6-1, only to have Watson and Habich find the back of the cage in the final 3:31 of the frame to make it a 6-3 contest heading into the second.
Habich got free for an unassisted goal 49 seconds into the second to pull the visiting Pride within a pair, but Amherst would respond with the next 14 goals over the next 28-plus minutes as their cushion ballooned to 20-4 with 23 seconds left in the third quarter. Springfield would outscore the hosts 4-2 over the final 15:04 of the game, with goals coming from Zachary Schuette (Ballston Spa, N.Y.), Cameron Glover (Brunswick, Maine), Watson, and Cole Pecora (North Haven, Conn.).
Springfield will finally return back to Stagg Field for the first time since March 2 when it hosts Emerson in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest slated for 1 pm.
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