-Score: Springfield College 18, Clark University 5
-Records: Clark (8-6, NEWMAC 3-3), Springfield (10-5, NEWMAC 5-1)
-Location: Springfield, Mass. (Stagg Field)
-The Lead: The Clark University men's lacrosse team dropped a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup with The Pride of Springfield College on Wednesday evening. Junior attackman Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.) posted a career-best eight points to lead The Pride to their fifth NEWMAC victory of the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-It took until late in the first quarter for either side to break through, but after a successful clear, Joe Hawley (Poulsbo, Wash.) found a cutting Chris Cunnington (Yorktown Heights, N.Y), who buried his chance to make it 1-0, before Tom Hurley (Goffstown, N.H.) set up Vail for an on-the-run jump shot marker with 21 seconds to play in the frame, giving the Pride a 1-0 lead after 15 minutes.
-Duncan Preston (South Portland, Maine) found the back of the net on a feed from Matt Allen (Chevy Chase, Md.) just 1:28 into the second quarter, sparking a seven-goal run that pushed the Pride's lead to nine with 6:49 left in the first half. Matt D'Andrea (Cheshire, Conn.) would win the ensuing face-off following Preston's strike before finding Vail on a fast break, who stung a corner to make it 4-0, before the junior recorded an unassisted tally with 11:11 on the clock to make it 5-0.
-Following Vail's third of the game, D'Andrea won another draw cleanly, before finding Vail, who snuck a pass across to Hurley for an easy finish to push Springfield College's lead to six. Hurley would strike again on another feed from Vail at the 8:21 mark, before Allen and Hurley wrapped up the Pride's scoring for the half to make it 9-0. Clark got on the board with 5:47 to play in the second quarter on an unassisted goal from Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.).
-Clark struck first in the second half on a goal from junior Jack Pierce (Westborough, Mass.) to cut their deficit to seven, but Cameron Glover (Brunswick, Maine) would find Vail on the back door for an easy finish at the 10:44 mark to make it 10-2, Pride. After another goal from the Cougars, Vail set up Tommy Nash (Massapequa, N.Y.) for a goal with two seconds to play in the third, giving the hosts an 11-3 edge heading to the fourth quarter.
-Sophomore Anthony Sullivan (Westfield, Mass.) set up Lucas Habich (Little Silver, N.J.) for a goal just 1:37 into the fourth quarter, but just 42 seconds later Will Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) and his brother Jack Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) connected to stay within eight of the Pride. After an unassisted goal from Preston with 12:02 to play, Clark managed to find the back of the net, but Springfield College would seal the win with five-straight goals to end the game.
-With 8:16 to play, Allen scored unassisted, before Glover followed suit, dodging to score with 4:02 remaining, making it 15-5, Pride. With a man-up advantage, Vail found a wide open Habich in front of the net, who buried a behind-the-back shot to make it 16-5, before Preston and Glover finished off the Cougars with the final two goals of the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Along with Vail's seven points, Hurley added three and two assists, while Glover. Allen and Preston each finished with three points in the win. Defensively, Connor Eschmann (Wrentham, Mass.) caused three turnovers and had three ground balls, while D'Andrea and Noah Rouleau (Saint Albans, Vt.) combined to go 20-for-26 at the face-off "x". Rouleau and Cunnington each picked up a game-high six ground balls.
-Clark was led by Will Mandracchia, who had a pair of goals, while brother Jack Mandracchia dished out both assists. Nathan Maselek (Marblehead, Mass.) made nine saves in 44:58 of play, before Thomas Berzok (East Brunswick, N.J.) came on in relief and chipped in three stops.
-Clark travels to MIT on Saturday, April 28th for their last regular season game starting 1:00 p.m. in Cambridge, Mass.
-Springfield College will return to action on Saturday, April 28th when it hosts Wheaton on Stagg Field at 1:00 p.m.