Cougars Can't Catch Springfield, 15-9

Cougars Can't Catch Springfield, 15-9

Worcester, Mass. – Springfield College scored six unanswered goals over a 13 minute span and the visiting Pride snapped a school-record winning streak for Clark University with a 15-9 triumph New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) lacrosse action on a rainy, dreary Wednesday night.

The Cougars had won six straight games entering tonight, matching the six consecutive victories that had to start the 2016 season.

Game Information
Springfield College 15, Clark University 9
Springfield College (9-4, 5-1 NEWMAC); Clark University (11-4, 5-1 NEWMAC)
Granger Turf Field, Worcester, Mass.

How It Happened:
Clark opened the game scoring two of the game's first three goals courtesy of strikes from Isaac Bass (Amherst, Mass.) and Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.).

The Pride answered back with three straight goals from Lucas Habich, Jack Vail and Ty Daugstrup to send them in front, 4-2 to end the first.

Clark responded with three consecutive markers of their own, including back-to-back tallies from Bass and another from King that had the Scarlet and White on top, 5-4 with six minutes left in the first half.

That's when the Pride made their move, closing the half with three goals beginning with a man-up score from Brendan Boss and then two more from Vail.

Ahead 7-5 to begin the third period, Springfield scored three more as Brendan Dooley, Habich and Dom Abate all found the back of the net, giving them a five goal advantage.

Jack Pierce (Westboro, Mass.) connected with Jack Goracy (West Islip, N.Y.) to snap the Cougars scoring drought but Duncan Preston fired one past Drew Riopelle-Tyrrell (Northville, Mich.) with just five seconds remaining in the quarter.

After a scoreless first six minutes of the fourth, Clark got back-to-back goals from Will Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) and Bobby Philbin (Ridgefield, Conn.) to get to within three.

Anthony Zabielski killed the Cougars' momentum with his unassisted strike but Matthew Sullivan (Brunswick, Maine) forced a turnover and wound up on the receiving end of a King assist, creeping the Scarlet and White closer at 12-9.

Unfortunately for Clark, the Pride ran off three straight goals for the third time as Preston, Scott Rogers and Abate all helped increase the Springfield lead.

Inside The Boxscore:
Matthew Lacroix
finished with a game-high 12 groundballs and 19 wins at the faceoff spot for the Pride, who also got hat tricks from Preston and Vail.

Clark was led by Bass, who had three first half goals, King who finished with two goals and one assist.

Riopelle-Tyrell totaled 13 saves and four ground balls in goal for the Cougars, while his counterpart Jake Reynolds only needed to make five saves to record the victory.

Up Next:
Both teams along with MIT are locked in a three-way tie atop the standings. In order for the Scarlet and White to be the No. 1 overall seed in next week's postseason tournament, Clark needs to defeat Emerson on Saturday and then have MIT defeat Springfield.

The Pride, meanwhile, just need a home victory over the Engineers on Saturday to secure the top spot.

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