Pride Top Bears in NEWMAC Lacrosse

Junior Robert McKenna
Junior Robert McKenna

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Coast Guard fell to Springfield 23-6 in the teams first-ever meeting on Wednesday evening in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Coast Guard dropped to 2-9, 0-4 in NEWMAC play while Springfield improves to 6-7, 3-1 in conference action.

Coast Guard was paced by junior Robert McKenna, as he found the back of the cage three times on the night, including a pair of man-up strikes. Sophomore Ryan Guinee and freshman Jordan Fonville scored their first career college goal while Sophomore Matt McAllister played strong in net off the bench, producing seven saves in just over 35 minutes of action.

Senior Dylan Sheehan hit a career milestone in the first quarter as he became the 17th player in program history to register 100 career goals.  The senior led the Pride with seven points, including two goals and five assists in the first half. Junior Brendan Boss added five points, pumping in five goals and an assist in the opening half, while senior Bryce Serriello tallied a hat trick.

The Pride jumped out to a quick lead in the opening quarter as senior Mark Gonzalez won the opening face-off and hit Boss for the game's first strike just seven seconds into the game.

Springfield scored their second of the game as Sheehan ripped a low-to-high strike with 9:37 on the clock to reach his milestone.  Four more goals in a three-minute span, including two from Boss, put the hosts up 9-0 at the end of the first.

Serriello stung a shot from 12 yards out 1:14 into the second quarter to continue the strong start for the Pride as it went on to net eight goals from seven different players in the quarter for a half time lead.   

The teams would trade the next six goals, with McKenna opening the second half scoring for Coast Guard on an unassisted man-up marker at 12:18. Two goals from Springfield pushed the lead to 22-3 with 6:39 left in regulation before the Bears closed out the game with three of the final four goals to make it a 23-6 ball game.

Freshman Kurt Caminske made five saves on 20 shots faced as his season record drops to 1-4. 

Sophomore Chris Santaniello was one of four Springfield goalies to play, and he earned the win after allowing zero goals in 30 minutes of actions.

The Bears return home on Saturday April, 18th as they host Emerson in NEWMAC action. Game time is 1:00 pm.