SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Behind a record-setting performance by Jake Beebe, theSpringfield College men's lacrosse team throttled visiting MountIda, 21-4, in an NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament FirstRound Game on Wednesday evening.
The story of the game was Beebe, as the senior attackman brokean 18-year old NCAA Tournament record for points in a game. Intonight's game, Beebe poured in seven goals and five assists for arecord-breaking total of 12 points. The previous mark was held byRich Franz of Ohio Wesleyan, who tallied 11 points in 1991 for OhioWesleyan in a win over Washington & Lee. Beebe had flirted withFranz's record last season in the first round when he registered 10points in a 17-2 win over Kean University.
"It's awesome. I'm very pleased. But I'm even more pleased withhow we played tonight," said Beebe. "It seemed like we had sevengoals before the blink of an eye. It seemed like we had the ballthe entire first quarter, and were able to be in total control.We've had a great year, winning the Pilgrim League, going on to theNCAA Tournament, and now winning an NCAA First-Round game. I hopewe can keep it going now at Cortland on Saturday."
With the victory, the Pride advance to the second round and willtravel to Cortland for a game on Saturday. Springfield and Cortlandmatched up in the second round of last year’s NCAATournament, with the Red Dragons prevailing, 12-9.
The Pride now stand at 12-6 on the year, while the Mustangs'season comes to a close with a 13-7 record.
Springfield dominated nearly every statistical category -- as itoutshot the visitors, 72-34; winning the ground ball battle, 55-28;winning 18-of-27 face-offs, and going 21-for-23 on clear attempts.The goals came fast and furious for the Pride in the opening stanzaas it netted seven goals in a 7:04 span to take completecontrol.
"I think we came out too nervous in the first quarter. I kept ontelling them to relax, but easier said than done," said Mount Idahead coach Andrew Fink. "It was a case of trying to catch the bigguy sleeping, but it just didn't happen tonight. We triedeverything, every option we had in the book. We used three goalies,but we couldn't get it going. We've been in the NCAA's three yearsin a row, but now we have to figure out a way to get back here anddo better. I was pleased with our effort. Springfield is a goodteam. I would not be surprised if they gave Cortland a goodbattle."
Joe Heney opened up the scoring 2:15 into the contest after hetook a feed from Beebe and blasted a shot into the lower corner ofthe cage. Almost one minute later, Joe Macchi dodged to his rightand fired an unassisted strike for SC’s second goal. Beebeand Kyle Gable each found the back of the net, before an unusualgoal forced a Mount Ida timeout. Springfield longstick midfielderPete Sessa took a feed from fellow longpole, John Ferrell, turned,jumped, and fired a shot past Mustang goalie Justin Famiglietti tomake it a 5-0 contest. Unassisted markers from Pilgrim LeagueRookie of the Year Mike Delia and Shawn Runyon gave the hosts a 7-0advantage after one quarter of play.
"I hope we were able to gain some confidence tonight againstMount Ida. Now we have Cortland to look forward to," saidSpringfield head coach Keith Bugbee. "They are a really good team,and we'll need to play very well to be in it. It's certainly agreat environment to play in and be a part of."
Springfield poured in another seven goals in the second half asit scored the first 14 goals of the game. Beebe and Cavanaugh bothfired home a pair of goals in the second quarter to pace theSpringfield attack. Mount Ida finally scored its only goal of thefirst half with 35 seconds remaining. Derek Broughton took a feedfrom Kevin Mulvey in transition and netted the Mustangs first goalof the game.
The Pride pumped in the first five goals of the second half asit extended its lead to 18 goals. A pair of Paul Battipaglia goalssandwiched a Beebe man-up goal to close out the third quarterscoring.
Beebe tied the record with a goal after a terrific move as hesplit two defenders for his seventh goal of the game with 10:04left in the contest. He then broke the record as he delivered aperfect pass to Gable for his fifth assist of the game just 12seconds later. A man-up goal from Matthew Savage gave the Mustangstheir fourth goal of the game and proved the be the final goal ofthe game.
Mount Ida used three goalies in the game, with James McAllisterproving to have the best performance. Playing the entire secondhalf, he posted 15 saves, including several terrific stops. Thegame got chippy down the stretch as there were six penalties in thefourth quarter. The two teams combined for 20 penalties in thegame, including 13 coming from the Pride.
The Pride's defense simply blanketed one of the top offensiveteams in the country. Mount Ida entered the game ranked second inthe country in goals per game with just under 18. Shadowed by SamBurrell throughout the game, Mount Ida's Brett Conley only had onepoint. Conley entered the game ranked sixth in the entire countryin points per game with 4.89 per contest.
Tom Albano continued his sensational year as he recorded 12saves in just over 45 minutes between the pipes, allowing justthree goals. Matt Cipolla came in for the final 14-plus minutes andmade five stops while allowing one goal. Burrell continued to shutdown opponents as he caused four turnovers in the game to go alongwith four ground balls. Chris Jez went 14-for-21 from the "X" andadded 10 ground balls in the victory. Jason Farrell added sevenground balls of his own for SC.