Lord Jeffs Edged By Springfield in Overtime, 10-9
Senior tri-captain Rob Denious had a pair of goals
at Springfield, including a game-tying tally with
just 14 seconds to play in regulation.
From a Springfield College release
SPRINGFIELD, MA - The latest chapter in the Springfield College and Amherst College men's lacrosse rivalry did not disappoint on Wednesday evening as Sprinfield’s Shawn Runyon found the back of the cage with 2:14 remaining in overtime to lift the Pride to a heartbreaking 10-9 victory over the Lord Jeffs.
The last four meetings between these two schools have all been one goal games, including two which were overtime contests. The other two games that were decided in regulation had game-winning goals scored in the waning moments, one coming with 1:06 left and the other with 13 seconds remaining. Of those four meetings, this is the first which Springfield was victorious in the end.
After a failed Springfield clear with 3:08 remaining in the overtime period, Amherst had the ball in its own defensive third. However, on the ensuing clear attempt, Pete Sessa caused a turnover and picked up the loose ground ball, allowing Springfield to call a timeout. Out of the break, the Pride was patient on offense, setting up Runyon's heroics as his shot from 10 yards out bounced off Amherst goalie, Sam Jakimo (Woodbury, NY), and into the back of the cage.
Springfield raced out to a 3-0 lead after a trio of terrific individual performances. Mike Delia opened the scoring 1:56 into the game, followed by unassisted strikes from Austin Orsini and Kyle Louer, which gave the hosts a 3-0 advantage with 9:09 remaining in the opening quarter.
The Lord Jeffs answered back with three consecutive goals, starting with a Rob Denious (Bloomfield Hills, MI) man-up goal at the 7:28 mark. Just seven seconds later, Matt Levine (Niskayuna, NY) netted an unassisted goal and Alex Fox (Garden City, NY) closed out the spurt as he ripped a shot on the run into the top corner of the cage with 6:16 on the clock.
The offensively charged first quarter was closed out as Orsini delivered a sensational pass from behind the cage to Louer, who buried a shot from 10 yards out into the back of the net.
The second quarter saw Amherst outshoot the hosts, 10-2, and have four man-up opportunities. Dan Routh (Allendale, NJ) evened the game at four goals apiece as his shot found the top shelf 3:02 into the quarter. Despite having only two shots and playing defense for nearly the entire 15 minute quarter, the Pride went into the half with a 5-4 advantage. With 8:44 remaining in the first half, Kyle Gable got free in front of the cage and bounced home a Joe Heney feed.
Amherst started the second half on a man-up opportunity and Routh pumped in a goal from Cole Cherney (Chappaqua, NY) to even the game at five. The rest of the third quarter belonged to Springfield as it poured in three-straight goals, including man-up tallies by Gable and Delia, to take an 8-5 advantage.
The Lord Jeffs began to chip away at the lead as Thomas McDonnell (Manhasset, NY) took a Jeff Izzo (Plandome, NY) feed in transition to score a man-down goal with 4:48 to go in the third to make it an 8-6 game. Runyon put the hosts back up three just before the horn sounded in the third quarter as after a great spin move, Runyon slipped on the turf but managed to slide home a goal while falling to his knees.
The fourth quarter belonged to Amherst as they outshot Springfield, 11-0, in the frame. Evan Redwood (Lutherville, MD) scored a pair of goals just 57 seconds apart in at the 5:12 and 4:15 marks to make it one-goal contest. Denious then sent the game into overtime as he ripped an unassisted goal after a timeout with only 14 seconds left in regulation.
Mark Eaton won 13-of-21 face-offs and picked up seven ground balls in the win. Gable and Delia each had three points off two goals and an helper apiece, while Runyon added two goals. Marc Martinez had a standout game in goal as he registered 14 saves.
For the visitors, Routh led the way with two goals and an assist, while both Redwood and Denious found the back of the cage twice. Parker Holcomb (Dallas, TX) had some success at the "X", as he went 7-of-12 and picked up six ground balls. Jakimo shouldered the loss as he made five saves in the game, all of which came in the third quarter.
Amherst held a 32-24 advantage in shots, while the Pride owned a 31-26 edge in ground balls. Amherst was nearly perfect on their clears, going 9-of-10, while Springfield went just 12-of-20