May 4, 2013

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Six Straight: Springfield Grabs Pilgrim Title Again

from press release

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team captured its sixth-straight Pilgrim Lacrosse League Championship on Saturday with a 14-3 win over Babson College on Stagg Field Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Springfield improves to 10-7 and earns an automatic qualifying bid to the upcoming NCAA Championship. The entire 2013 NCAA Division III Championship field will be announced at 10:00 pm on Sunday evening on a selection show airing on NCAA.com.

The victory marks Springfield's 49th-straight win over league opponents. The loss drops Babson's record to 10-8.

For the game, Springfield held a 42-37 advantage in shots, including a 25-12 cushion in the first half. The Pride won the ground ball battle, 42-38, as Springfield won 11 of the game's 21 face-offs.

The Pride benefited from several standout performances, including a career-best performance from goalie Connor Nash, who produced 18 saves in the win. Midfielder Kevin Freeman poured in five goals, and Ryon Lynch continued to power the offense, registering two goals and four assists.

Babson's Ryan Dawidjan tallied a game-high eight ground balls and caused four turnovers, while James Whalen was strong in net with 12 stops. The Beavers three goals came from Alex Packer, Spencer Low, and Scott Doten.

It was the visitors who struck for the game's first goal, as Doten ripped a shot into the top shelf off a inside look from John Obadia for a man-up marker with 8:32 left in the first quarter.

However, Lynch answered back with a man-up goal of his own 1:39 later to kick start a five-goal run by Springfield as it opened up a 5-1 lead with 14:43 to play in the opening half. Freeman scored twice in the run, including finishing with just 2.6 seconds left in the first quarter following a gorgeous spin dodge to break free out of a timeout.

Babson responded with a strike just 19 seconds after the Pride's fifth-straight goal after Low skipped home a shot off an Alex Patinkin pass.

Springfield would not be denied though, using another five-goal burst over the next 18:23 of the game to grab a 10-2 stranglehold of the game. Lynch simply took over the game during the run, factoring in on four of the five strikes, including three sensational assists.

The Beavers scored the final goal of the afternoon with 5:12 in the third from Packer, before the home team netted the final four goals of the afternoon, two of which came off the stick of Freeman.


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