NEW LONDON, Conn. - Springfield held off a late fourth quarter charge, as Coast Guard fell to the Pride 13-9 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Wednesday night at Cadet Memorial Field.
With the loss the Bears fall to 8-5 on the season and 1-3 in conference play while Springfield improves to 6-7 overall and 4-0 in the NEWMAC.
Freshman Jack Pope had a team high three goals for his fourth hat trick of the season while senior Justin Huemme had two goals and an assist. Senior Louis DePaolis netted two goals while freshman Ian Logan scored a goal and dished out one assist.
Senior Kevin Dean had a game high five points with four goals and an assist while senior Dylan Sheehan scored two goals and notched two assists. Sheehan is third in the conference in assists (22) and tied for third in points (45). Sophomore Tom Hurley registered two goals and an assist while junior Dom Abate scored two goals.
The Pride ran out to a 3-0 lead within the first five minutes of the game receiving two goals from Dean and one from Hurley.
Coast Guard came back to tie the game scoring four of the next five goals. Junior Blaise Curtis put the first Bears goals on the board as he combined with senior Kyle Carosotto for a fast break goal. Jack Pope added two over this stretch including a man-up goal and Huemme tacked on one more.
Springfield however snuck into the second quarter with a one goal lead as Abate took a pass from Sheehan and fired in a shot with six second to go in the period.
The next two quarters belonged to the Pride as they went on a 8-1 run pushing their lead to eight at 13-5. Springfield took advantage of two man-up goals over this stretch and held Coast Guard to 13 total shots over the two quarters.
The Bear attempted to mount a rally in the fourth quarter outscoring the Pride 4-0 in the final period. Coast Guard notched two man-up goals over this stretch and were able to kill a two minute penalty. Time however ran out on the Bear's comeback as the eight-time defending NEWMAC tournament champions took the win 13-9.
Freshman Trey Johnson (7-4) made 10 saves, allowing 13 goals on 23 shots on goal. Johnson Leads the NEWMAC with a 7.24 goals-against average and is third in the NEWMAC in goals allowed (79).
Sophomore Jake Reynolds (4-2) made seven saves, on 16 shots on goal, giving up seven goals. Reynolds has allowed a conference low 52 goals on the season.
The Pride were dominant on face offs, winning 19-26, helping Springfield control possession. The Bears were right with the Pride on ground balls as Springfield held a small advantage, 37-34. Freshman Connor Ellis and Senior Jeff Bors each picked up a team high seven ground balls while Dean had a game high 11 for Springfield.
Ellis also continues to lead an aggressive Coast Guard defense, with a game high four caused turnovers helping the Bears to 13 in the game. Coast Guard leads the NEWMAC 155 caused turnovers with Ellis tops in the conference with 35 of his own. Ellis is 22nd in the nation in caused turnovers per game (2.58) and the Bears defensive unit is 20th in the NCAA with 11.58 per game.
Before the game the Bear's honored their six seniors, Trent Moon, Robert McKenna, Justin Huemme, Louis DePaolis, Jeff Bors and Kyle Carosotto as they played their final home lacrosse game of the season. Thank you for your dedication to the Coast Guard men's lacrosse program.
The Bears are back in action on Saturday, April 23rd, when they travel to Boston for a NEWMAC game with Emerson. Opening face off is 11:30 am.