Springfield Blows Up Babson, 19-8
from press release
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team captured its fourth-consecutive Pilgrim Lacrosse League Championship on Saturday afternoon after cruising past Babson College, 19-8, on Stagg Field to earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship.
Winners of their last five games, Springfield improves to 11-5 on the season. The loss drops Babson to 10-8.
Championship selections will take place Sunday, May 8 with the selection show airing at 10 pm Eastern time on NCAA.com. Dating back to 2008, Springfield has now won 33 straight games against Pilgrim Lacrosse League opponents.
Harry Bernstein tallied a game-high five points off four goals and an assist, while Jarrid Johnson added a hat trick and a helper. Mike Delia dished out four assists, and Shane Ferguson pumped home three goals. In his first collegiate start, Branden Fernandez went 17-of-28 from the "X", picking up a game-high eight ground balls. Between the pipes, Connor Nash recorded a career-high 14 saves.
For the Beavers, Jamie Schmidt posted a team-best three points on two goals and an assist, while both Armand Wilson and Paul Grip scored twice. Alex Patinkin contributed a goal and an assist, while Ryan Dqawidjan had a monster game with seven caused turnovers and five ground balls while winning 5-of-10 draws. James Whalen was credited with 17 saves in goal.
Springfield owned a 49-28 advantage in shots and was victorious on 17-of-30 face-offs. Babson committed 34 turnovers in the game and went just 20-for-32 on clears.
The Beavers registered the opening goal of the game as Wilson turned and fired from five yards out into the back of the cage off a feed from Cam Caruso just under two minutes into the contest.
Springfield would eventually find its offensive rhythm and string together five straight goals over the next eight-plus minutes to take a 5-1 lead. Parker Geane and Runyon each scored twice in the spurt, with Geane's rip from 10 yards at the 4:47 mark ripping through the top left corner of the net.
Patinkin scored Babson's first goal in roughly 12 minutes when he blistered a shot into the ride side of the cage with 50 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Springfield's lead ballooned to seven at 9-2 as it opened the second quarter with four consecutive marks. A pair of Bersntein strikes sandwiched a Geane tally, before Ferguson converted a Delia feed for an extra man goal with 10:45 left in the half.
Babson answered with its only goal of the second quarter after Tom Mallon registered a man-up tally with 6:33 on the clock.
Springfield closed out the first 30 minutes of play with two goals inside the final three minutes, including an unassisted goal by Johnson and a goal by Bernstein in transition with nine ticks left.
The Beavers scored the opening goal of the second half 1:14 in to get within seven as Grip buried a shot from 10 yards out. Springfield answered with four of the final five goals of the quarter to take a 15-5 lead heading into the fourth. Ferguson scored two unassisted goals in the twice in the quarter, including a rocket from 12 yards that found the top shelf.
A Schmidt man-up strike at the 12:10 mark started off the fourth quarter scoring before unassisted goals by Ryan Murphy and Eric Balslov 51 seconds apart gave the Pride a 17-6 lead. The teams would trade a pair of goals each in the final 5:35 as the Pride completed its fourth-consecutive title run.