Springfield Holds Back Wheaton, 12-7
Hillman records four goals for Lyons
NORTON, Mass. – In a rematch of the 2012 Pilgrim League Championship, the Springfield College men's lacrosse team topped Wheaton College, 12-7, on Sunday afternoon at Mirrione Stadium.
Lyons' sophomore Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) led the squad with four goals, one assist, two ground balls and one caused turnover. Seniors Sean Doherty (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) and Will Compton (Deering, N.H./Proctor Academy) and freshman Kyle Rumberger (Hyannis, Mass./Barnstable) all added solo tallies.
Springfield freshman Brendan Ross (West Springfield, Mass./Westhampton Beach) found the back of the net three times and secured two ground balls. Juniors Ryan Murphy (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) and Kevin Freeman (Minisink, N.Y./Minisink Valley) potted two goals apiece.
Pride freshman Tony LaGuerre (Shrub Oak, N.Y./Lakeland) opened up the scoring with his only marker of the contest with 14:21 on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Rumberger responded for the Lyons at 11:17 finishing a feed from Hillman to even the score at 1-1. Boss closed out the scoring with an assisted tally by sophomore Maxwell Wildes (Kennebunk, Maine/Salisbury Prep) at 8:05.
In the second, Compton tied the game at 2-2 five minutes and 33-seconds into the action. Freeman followed with back-to-back tallies at 6:21 and 5:19 to give Springfield a 4-2 advantage before the break.
Hillman grabbed back some momentum for the Lyons in the second half with his first of four goals at the 7:18 mark of the third quarter. The Pride went on to score four unanswered goals to claim a commanding 8-3 margin. Doherty split Wheaton's gap in half with 23-seconds remaining in the third ripping an unassisted marker into the back of the net.
Senior Billy McNamara (Mansfield, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) dished out a quick feed to Hillman from the right side of the cage for his second goal at 9:06 of the fourth quarter but Springfield did not allow the Lyons to get any closer. The Pride outscored the Blue and White, 4-3, in the fourth to keep their Pilgrim League record unblemished at 5-0.
Springfield outshot Wheaton, 40-30, while both teams went an identical 17-for-25 in clear attempts. The Lyons won the face-off matchup, 13-22, and picked up 46 ground balls.
Wheaton (5-7, 2-2 Pilgrim) travels to MIT for a conference game on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. Live stats and video will be available for Wednesday's contest. Springfield (7-7, 5-0 Pilgrim) can secure the top seed in the upcoming Pilgrim League Tournament when it hosts Babson College on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m.