Springfield vs. Gordon
February 24, 2010
|Joe Heney||(5, 2)|
|Kyle Louer||(2, 4)|
|Austin Orsini||(4, 1)|
|Joe Macchi||(3, 0)|
|Shane Ferguson||(2, 0)|
|Mark Eaton||(1, 0)|
|Shawn Runyon||(0, 1)|
|Marc Martinez||16 (0.667)|
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|Andrew Kirkaldy||(4, 0)|
|Zac Blue||(1, 2)|
|Dan Utz||(2, 0)|
|Joel Derechinsky||(0, 1)|
|Stuart Knechtle||(1, 0)|
|Timothy Mack||(0, 1)|
|Tyler Humpton||17 (0.500)|
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|The Game Story:|
|Springfield, Mass. - February 24, 2010 - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team scored nine unanswered goals to start the second half as it topped visiting Gordon, 17-8, on a rainy and windy Stagg Field on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference action.|
The Pride improve to 1-0 on the season, while the Fighting Scots drop to 0-1.
Leading the way for the Pride was its starting attack, which combined for 11 goals and seven assists in the victory. Joe Heney started his final season for the Pride off on the right foot as he pumped in a game-high five goals to go along with two assists, while Kyle Louer added a pair of goals and a game-best four assists. Austin Orsini also netted four goals and tacked on an assist. Joe Macchi also recorded a hat trick out of the midfield for Springfield in the victory.
Mark Eaton went 11-for-23 from the face-off "X" and picked up eight ground balls, while Sean Kerrigan also scooped up eight ground balls. Vinny Senatore totaled a game-high four caused turnovers for the Pride's defense.
In his first collegiate start, Marc Martinez posted 16 saves while allowing eight goals, two of which came in the second half. Tyler Humpton was charged with the loss as he tallied 17 saves while facing 49 Springfield shots.
For the visitors, Andrew Kirkaldy scored all four of his goals in the first half to pace the Scots attack. Zac Blue registered three points off a goal and two helpers, while Dan Utz chipped in with two goals. Both Danny Mack and Suart Knechtle picked up five ground balls apiece and Joel Derechinsky went 8-of-15 at face-offs.
With 7:58 remaining in the first half, Kirklady got loose for his fourth strike of the opening 30 minutes to give the visitors a 5-3 advantage. Louer brought the Pride back as he buried a shot top shelf at the 5:02 mark and then found Orsini in transition to knot the game at five with 4:12 on the clock. Utz would then give the Fighting Scots their final lead of the game as his bounce shot found the back of the cage 1:02 later. Orsini sent the teams into the half tied at six after he picked up a loose ball in front of the crease and slotted home his third goal with 54 seconds left in the quarter.
The Pride came out on fire on the offensive side of the ball to start the second half as it registered five goals in the opening 4:53 of the third quarter, taking complete control of the game. Macchi kick started the run with goals 45 seconds apart, only to have Eaton finish a strike after dodging to his right 1:03 later. The Pride's five-goal spurt was capped off by goals from Louer and Heney just nine seconds apart. Gordon finally scored in the second half with 1:26 remaining the in the third stanza as Knechtle finished a strike with his long pole. Heney added two more goals and Orsini and Shane Ferguson chipped in goals of their own in SC's nine-goal run. Springfield's defense limited the visitors to just four shots in the third quarter as it took control of the game.
Springfield finished the game with a 49-29 advantage in shots, a 40-30 edge in ground balls, while each team won 14 of the 28 face-offs.
The Pride will return to action on Saturday afternoon when it travels to take on 15th-ranked Nazareth. Face-off is scheduled for 1:00 pm.