Cambridge, Mass. - April 20, 2019 - Cole Pecora (North Haven, Conn.) found the back of the cage with 1:46 left in overtime to lift the Springfield College men's lacrosse team to a 16-15 win at MIT on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.
Springfield picked up its second one-goal victory of the week to improve to 7-8, 4-1 in conference play, while the Engineers dropped to 8-7, 3-2.
Joe Hawley (Poulsbo, Wash.) pumped in five goals in the first half, while Lucas Habich (Little Silver, N.J.) was credited with four assists and two goals. Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.) totaled two goals and three helpers and Cameron Glover (Brunswick, Maine) registered two goals and two assists. Cole Finerty (Kensington, N.H.) made 11 saves to earn the win.
MIT owned a 49-36 advantage in shots for the game, including 14-3 in the third quarter, while the Engineers also won 24-of-34 face offs to help them own a 41-22 edge in ground balls.
After Kyle Murakami (South Burlington, Vt.) scored a man-down goal with 5:04 left in the first quarter to tie the game at 2-2, MIT rattled off three goals in a 1:39 span to gain a three-goal edge. The Pride would then benefit from goals by Patrick Watson (Franklin, Mass.) and Hawley just 37 seconds apart to make it a 5-4 game after 15 minutes of play.
MIT netted the first two goals of the second quarter in the first 1:51, but the Pride would erupt for five-straight goals, including a pair from Hawley, to gain a 9-7 edge with just under four minutes left in the stanza. The Engineers would break their 10-minute scoreless drought with a goal at 2:56, only to have Hawley strike twice in the final 1:43 to give the Pride an 11-8 lead at the break.
Vail gave Springfield its largest lead of the afternoon when he connected on a great look from Pecora just 1:28 into the second half as Springfield opened up a 12-8 advantage. However, over the next 13:44, MIT score six-unanswered goals en route to snagging a 14-12 lead with 13:56 left in regulation. Vail finally got the Pride back on the board for the first time in nearly 20 minutes at 8:40, but the Engineers would again gain a two-goal edge with 4:18 to play. Matt Huggett (Greenfield, Mass.) ripped a man-up goal at 3:10, and following an unsettled situation in the waning seconds, Glover came up with a huge ground ball and found Habich on the doorstep with 15 seconds on the clock to force overtime.
Finerty made a key save to start overtime, and after the Pride called timeout, a patient offense set allowed Habich to find Pecora on the left wing. The senior made no mistake as he finished from 10 yards out on the run to cap off Springfield's comeback victory.
On Wednesday, the Pride will continue its three-game road trip to close out the regular season with a showdown at Clark starting at 7 pm.
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