Middlebury Edged by #13 Springfield in Men’s Lacrosse Action

Springfield reeled off six-straight goals, and held off a late comeback by Middlebury for a 14-12 win Wednesday evening at Stagg Field. The Panthers (5-6) remain on the road for a NESCAC contest with Trinity at 2:00 p.m.

After an opening goal from Jon Broome, the Pride received back-to-back goals from Bryce Serriello and Matt Dalton to gain an early 2-1 advantage. Following a tally from Joel Blockowicz to even the game at two, Serriello netted his second goal of the game in transition off an assist from Devin Abad. With 51 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Ryon Lynch fed Dylan Sheehan near the crease for a two-goal cushion.

Trailing 4-2 at the beginning of the second quarter, Middlebury rattled off four-consecutive goals and grabbed a 6-4 advantage. Jack Cleary shook his defender and netted a shot into the top-left corner, followed by an inside finish by Quinn Cronan off a pretty feed from Broome to even the game at 4-4. Two minutes later, Cleary found Stephen Seymour on the doorstep for an easy finish. The final tally came during a man-up advantage at the 7:11 mark. Broome tacked on his second goal of the game with an assist from behind the cage by Jack Rautiola.

After Serriello scored his third goal of the game, Abad caught a pass from Lynch on the crease and knotted the score at 6-6. Rautiola answered with his second goal at the 4:09 mark, giving the Panthers a 7-6 edge headed to the intermission.

Goals from Tim Giarrusso and Rautiola gave the visitors a 9-6 lead at the 8:52 mark of the third quarter. Sheehan caught a pass near the crease, but moved the ball quickly to Lynch for a goal. With 2:29 left, Seymour caught a feed in close from Rautiola, pushing the Panthers’ lead back to three, 10-7.

Springfield (8-2) posted its decisive six-straight scores during a stretch of just over eight minutes. Serriello opened the run with a score with 1:48 left in the third. Murphy tacked on three goals, including the Pride’s sixth goal, a man-down tally at 8:12 in the fourth, giving Springfield a 13-10 lead.

With 5:47 left, Middlebury’s Harrison Goodkind ended the Springfield run with an unassisted goal, cutting the deficit to 13-11. Nearly two minutes later, Broome completed his hat trick, making it a one-goal game.

In the final minutes as Springfield held the ball in its offensive end, the Panthers decided to pressure the ball, emptying their net. Brendan Boss circled from behind the Middlebury net for an open-goal tally for the 14-12 final score.

Broome led Middlebury with four points via a hat trick and an assist, while Rautiola produced four points on two goals and a pair of helpers. Cal Williams led the Panthers with five groundballs, while three others had four.

Serriello finished with five goals and an assist for six points, while Lynch also ended with six on a goal and a game-best five helpers. Murphy added a hat trick and an assist for four points, while Branden Fernandez won 16-30 face-offs and scooped up 12 groundballs.

Nash (7-2) earned the win for Springfield, making 12 saves, while Nate Gaudio (5-6) finished the contest with 16.

Springfield held a 42-32 edge in shots, while both teams grabbed 31 groundballs.