Pride Top Bears in NEWMAC Action

Will Iorio
Will Iorio

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Springfield outscored Coast Guard 8-4 in the second half as the Pride topped the Bears 11-8 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Wednesday night.

With the loss, Coast Guard falls to 10-3 on the season and 3-1 in the NEWMAC while the Pride improve to 8-5 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

The Bears were led by juniors Ian Logan and Anthony Wyler and sophomore Riley McNulty who had two goals each. Senior Matt Huemme and freshman Will Iorio each had one goal while junior Benner Geurtsen had the team's lone assist.

Junior Jack Vail led Springfield with a game high six points on three goals and three assists. Classmate Lucas Habich had three goals of his own while senior Duncan Preston finished with two goals and one assist.

The Pride scored the only two goals of the first quarter taking advantage of an early Coast Guard penalty for a man-up goal followed by an unassited tally from from Preston.

The Bears answered in the second quarter, outscoring Springfield 4-1. McNulty sandwiched two goals around Iorio and Huemme giving Coast Guard the 4-3 lead going into the second half.

The Pride jumped back on top at the start of the third quarter scoring the first three goals of the second half for the 6-4 lead.

Coast Guard however tied the game once again behind two goals from Logan to dead lock the two teams at six heading into the final quarter.

Springfield began to pull away in the fourth scoring the first four goals of the period capped off by a goal from Habich with 9:54 remaining.

The Bears then chipped away and closed within two goals from Wyler making the score 10-8 with 3:55 remaining.

After junior Colin Cashin won the subsequent face-off, sophomore Anthony Sullivan caused a key turnover clinching the win for Springfield and giving the Pride their first win over the Bears since 2016.

Junior Trey Johnson (9-3) allowed 11 goals on 21 shots on goal making 10 saves.

Senior Jake Reynolds (8-5) made 10 saves allowing eight goals.

Cashin won 13-23 face-offs with a team high six ground balls while juniors Tom Bleifuss and Connor Ellis had a team high three caused turnovers.

Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday, April 21st, when they travel to Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts to take on the Mass-Maritime Buccaneers. Opening face-off is 7:00.

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