SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Springfield jumped out to a 5-1 lead and held off Coast Guard 9-8 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game, a rematch of the 2018 NEWMAC tournament championship game.
Last season, Springfield beat the Bears 11-8 in the regular season and 11-7 in the NEWMAC tournament championship game.
Coast Guard beat Springfield 9-8 during the regular season in 2017 to become the first NEWMAC team to beat the Pride at home.
The Pride improve to 6-8 overall and 3-1 in conference play while Coast Guard had its school record eight-game winning streak snapped to drop to 10-3 overall and 2-1 in the NEWMAC.
Springfield would score the final three goals of the first quarter to lead 4-1 after one despite being outshot 17-8 by the Bears.
The Pride would score just 16 seconds into the second quarter to take a 5-1 lead before the Bears ran off three straight goals, two by Benner Geurtsen and one by Ryan Gochar cutting the deficit to 5-4 with 3:01 left in the half. The Pride would score with 1:08 left in the half for a 6-4 halftime edge.
The teams would each score twice in the third to make the score 8-6 after three.
Springfield struck first in the fourth to take a 9-6 lead with 13:53 left.
Coast Guard scored twice in a span of 24 seconds on goals by Riley McNulty and Anthony Wyler to cut the deficit to 9-8 with 12:20 left and the Pride would hold on.
The Bears outshot Springfield 51-29 and Trey Johnson finished with 11 saves in goal for Coast Guard.
Geurtsen had two goals while Wyler finished with two assists for the Bears.
Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday when the Bears host Mass. Maritime in a NEWMAC game at 3:00.