NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team tallied three goals in the fourth quarter to try and tie the game, but fell just short against the Springfield College Pride. The Pride held on to the 7-6 victory for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win on Saturday, hosted at Nordin Field.
With the win, Springfield advances to 8-4 overall and 4-1 in NEWMAC play while the Lyons drop to 5-8 and 1-4 in conference action.
Springfield's Brendan Boss led the team with two goals while Tom Hurley notched one goal and one assist and Brendan Dooley, Duncan Preston, Scott Roger and Jack Vail also registered one goal apiece. Wheaton sophomore Alex Stomberg netted his first-career hat trick for the Lyons as senior Zach Brode and sophomore Matt Morgan both recorded one goal and one assist and sophomore Josh Talanian tallied a goal.
Wheaton struck first in the opening quarter with a goal by Talanian in the first three minutes of action. The Lyons put themselves up by three with goals shortly after by Stomberg until the Pride dished out their first goal of the game from Boss in the second quarter, making it 3-1. Springfield would record five more unanswered goals to take the lead and push them over Wheaton, 6-3, into the fourth quarter.
Morgan would jump start Wheaton's momentum in the fourth with a goal with 9:20 remaining. Springfield's Boss wouldn't be silent as he notched what would be the game-winning goal just one minute later. Wheaton's Brode and Stomberg would each tally one additional goal to put the Lyons within one, but in the final 20 seconds, Springfield would regain possession of the ball and run the clock down and earning the 7-6 victory.
Springfield goalkeeper Jake Reynolds (7-4) earned the win, registering 13 saves while Wheaton junior Joey Mitchell (0-1) claimed 13 as well.
The teams each recorded 20 ground balls while the Pride held the 37-30 shot advantage.
The Lyons travel to MIT on Wednesday for their next NEWMAC matchup against the Engineers with game time set for 7 p.m.