No. 13 Springfield Rallies to Defeat Engineers, 10-8

Senior Tim Wilczynski
Senior Tim Wilczynski

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three goals during the final 7:24 of regulation helped nationally-ranked No. 13 Springfield College come from behind to defeat MIT, 10-8, in a NEWMAC men's lacrosse game on Saturday. Freshman Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) paced the Engineers (4-6, 1-1 NEWMAC) with two goals and two assists. Junior Dylan Sheehan (Massapequa, N.Y.) also posted two goals and two assists as both of his scores came during the Pride's (7-2, 2-0 NEWMAC) late rally.

The opening frame was a defensive battle until MIT freshman Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) connected on a feed from sophomore Luke Verdi (Middletown, Md.) with 6:31 on the clock. Exactly two minutes later, junior Chris Cook's (Tully, N.Y.) solo effort increased the Engineers' margin. Springfield ended the shutout shortly after the faceoff on junior Bryce Serriello's (Cape Cod, Mass.) strike that was set up by senior Ryon Lynch (Frederick, Md.).

Lynch found sophomore Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.) for the equalizer after 1:04 elapsed in the second quarter. Stolzenberg then earned a pair of assists as goals by Cook and Verdi put MIT ahead, 4-2, at the 9:48 mark. The Pride matched this with a Serriello man-up strike and a blast by Boss, both on feeds from Sheehan. The Engineers inched ahead 13 seconds before the intermission as Stolzenberg's unassisted marker gave them a 5-4 edge.

The third period featured an exchange of goals in a span of three minutes. A score by Lynch came with 10:11 on the clock while Stolzenberg buried a man-up goal less than two minutes later. Senior Kevin Freeman (Minisink, N.Y.) then tied the game at six for Springfield midway through the frame.

The Pride claimed its first lead of the day when Serriello found the back of the net at the 12:20 mark of the final quarter. The advantage was short lived as sophomores Paul Orrson (Baltimore, Md.) and Jonah Hessels (Laytonsville, Md.) gave MIT an 8-7 edge with 8:57 on the clock. Springfield won the ensuing faceoff, and after a pair of shots, Sheehan redirected a pass from senior Devin Abad (East Longmeadow, Mass.) to tie the game for the last time. Following an exchange of possessions, the Pride went in front, 9-8, on Sheehan's solo effort with 5:01 left to play. Another faceoff win by the Pride produced two shots before Serriello found Lynch for the final goal at 3:44.

Both sides traded turnovers during the next two minutes until Verdi unleashed a shot but his attempt was off the mark. Stolzenberg followed with a strike of his own but it was turned away by senior goalie Connor Nash (Burnt Hills, N.Y.). An unsuccessful clearing attempt by Springfield resulted in a shot from Orrson thatwas wide. However, the Engineers regained possession and called a timeout with 36 seconds to go. Once action resumed, Verdi quickly took a shot however Nash came up with save. Senior Matt Giannelli collected the groundball, helping the visitors run out the clock and secure the victory.

In addition to his team-high scoring performance, Stolzenberg tacked on three groundballs. Verdi finished with one goal and two assists while Cook had two goals. Senior Tim Wilczynski (Old Lyme, Conn.) paced the Cardinal and Gray with four groundballs as junior John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn.) and freshman Cody Jacobucci (Woodstown, N.J.) both picked up two of their own. In net, sophomore Eric Bartell (San Diego, Calif.) registered 13 saves and four groundballs.

Senior Branden Fernandez (Warwick, N.Y.) fueled the Pride's attack with an 18-of-22 faceoff performance while scooping up 11 groundballs. Serriello posted three goals and an assist while Lynch notched two goals and two assists. Junior Matt Dalton (Somers, N.Y.) contributed four groundballs, followed by three from Giannelli, Boss, and senior Dom Roberto (Malden, Mass.). Nash finished the day with 11 saves.

Next up for MIT will be a home game against Salem State University on Tuesday, April 8. Springfield returns to action the following day when it hosts Middlebury College.