Springfield, Mass. – Top-seeded Springfield College scored nine unanswered goals in the second quarter and the nine-time defending New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Champions, laid claim to the program's tenth straight title with an 18-10 win over second-seeded Clark University on Saturday evening at Stagg Field.
With the win, the Pride grabs the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while the Cougars, who were making their first-ever appearance in the championship game, sees the best season in school history come to an end with a school-record 13 wins.
Score: Springfield College 18, Clark University 10
Records: Springfield College 11-5; Clark University 13-5
Location: Stagg Field, Springfield, Mass.
How It Happened:
After Springfield got on the board less than a minute into the game with a Dom Abate unassisted marker, Clark actually scored three of the next four goals in the first quarter to go in front 3-2.
First, Will Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) connected with Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) for his 42nd score of the season. The Pride went back in front on a Jack Vail tally but the Cougars closed out the frame with consecutive strikes from Mandracchia and Isaac Bass (Amherst, Mass.).
Things changed drastically in the second, however, as Springfield got three goals in the decisive period from Ty Daugstrup and three assists from Abate.
Clark finally broke the nine-goal string with an unassisted Mandracchia marker early in the third but the Pride continued their offensive attack getting goals from Tim Cozens and Vail to end the quarter.
Another Daugstrup goal to start the fourth, gave the hosts a ten goal advantage and then that lead ballooned to 11 after Jack Goracy (West Islip, N.Y.) scored for the Cougars but the Pride put two more on the board off the sticks of Brendan Boss and Austin Sierra.
The Scarlet and White ran off four straight goals as Lucas Petricone-Berg (Nyack, N.Y.), Johnson and Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.) all scored on the man-up and then Mandracchia added an even strength tally to get the game to 16-9.
Any thoughts of a historic comeback were squelched when Daugstrup and Tom Hurley each scored to put the game out of reach.
Inside The Boxscore:
Springfield held a 35-23 edge in ground balls and a 42-36 advantage in shots.
Daugstrup, who was named the tournament's most outstanding player, finished with five goals, while Abate ended with a goal and four assists for the Pride and Boss added three goals of his own.
Clark, meanwhile, got three goals from Mandracchia and two goals three assists from Johnson.