Courtesy of Springfield College Sports Information
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Kyle Gable pumped in four goals to lead the top-seeded Springfield College men's lacrosse team back to the Pilgrim Lacrosse League Tournament Championship after it defeated fourth-seeded MIT, 14-5, on Wednesday night on Stagg Field. With the win, the Pride improved to 11-5 on the year, while the Engineers saw their season end with a ledger of 8-7. Despite the loss, MIT registered its first winning campaign since 2001.
Gable led all scorers with four goals in the contest, while Jarrid Johnson, Kyle Louer, and Joe Macchi each had two strikes in the win. Harry Bernstein and Joe Heney were each credited with a pair of assists, as was Shawn Runyon. Mark Eaton continued to be a force at the face-off "X" as he went 10-of-17 with a game-high 10 ground balls. Three goalies saw action for the Pride, with senior Matt Cipolla earning the win in his first start of the year.
Dan Piemont posted a hat trick for the Cardinal and Gray, while Corey Garvey totaled a goal, an assist, and four groundballs. Carl Tilbury chipped in one goal as Christopher Rullan recorded 21 saves and four groundballs. Bryan Beller and Eric Zuk also had four groundballs, followed by three from Alex Andrzejewski and Garth Grove.
The Pride opened up the scoring 2:24 into the contest after Austin Orsini took a 30-yard pass from Runyon and slipped home a shot on the crease. MIT answered back to even the game just 1:15 later as it took advantage of a failed Springfield clear. On a quick restart, Garvey picked up the ball and ripped a bounce shot into the back of the cage from 10 yards out. However, Springfield closed out the first quarter with six unanswered goals to take a commanding 7-1 lead.
Johnson connected with Gable 1:52 into the second quarter as Springfield's lead increased to 8-1. The Engineers wouldn't go away as Piemont and Tilbury scored 35 seconds apart to make it an 8-3 contest with 6:08 left in the first half. The Pride closed out the first half scoring with three goals in the final 5:44 to own an 11-3 lead after the first 30 minutes of play. Macchi scored at the 5:44 mark before Gable pumped in two more goals to give him three tallies in the half.
The second half was played at a much slower pace as the teams combined for just five goals. Piemont registered an unassisted strike for the lone goal of the third stanza, before Louer and Gable each scored to start the fourth to give the hosts a 13-4 lead. Piemont once again posted an unassisted goal with 5:44 and Evan Buss closed out the scoring in the game with an impressive goal just nine seconds later after winning the face-off.