Bears Fall to Pride in Program's First Conference Final

Matt Huemme
Matt Huemme

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior goalie Jake Reynolds made a game high 17 saves, including nine in the second half, to earn tournament Most Outstanding Player honors as Springfield topped Coast Guard 11-7 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Saturday afternoon.

With the loss, the Bears finish up the season 14-4 while the Pride improve to 13-5, winning their 11thstraight conference title and move onto their 19thstraight NCAA tournament.

Junior Anthony Wyler had a team high three goals while classmate Jack Pope finished with two. Senior Matt Huemme added a goal and an assist while sophomore Justin Edwards scored Coast Guard's other goal.

Junior Jack Vail had a game high five points scoring three goals and adding two assists. Sophomore Joe Hawley finished with two goals and an assist while senior Tom Hurley had a goal and a game high three assists. Junior Lucas Habich tallied two goals while classmate Cameron Glover had two goals of his own.

The Bears scored the first goal of the game as Pope snagged a pass from Huemme for the man-up goal with 11:41 remaining in the opening quarter.

The Pride answered the opening tally scoring six of the next seven goals of the half including a goal from Hawley with 11 seconds remaining in the opening stanza for the 6-2 lead going into intermission.

Springfield pushed their lead to five (9-4) through the third quarter before the Bears mounted a comeback at the start of the fourth. Edwards started the rally, scoring an unassisted goal with just under 14 minutes remaining in the game.

Pope brought Coast Guard within three as he took a pass from sophomore Riley McNulty on the right side and rifled home his second goal of the game.

Wyler put the Bears down two for the first time since there was 5:04 left in the opening period firing home a shot from the top of the box to make the score 9-7 with 9:48 left on the clock. 

The Pride however ended the Bears rally as Habich scored two late goals giving Springfield a 11-7 win and their fifth straight NEWMAC title.

Junior Trey Johnson (13-4) made seven saves allowing nine goals through the first three quarters. Sophomore Charles McAllister came in late in the third, making one save and allowing two goals.

Reynolds (13-5) locked up his third NEWMAC championship win and his second Tournament MOP award making a game high 17 saves and holding the Bears to a conference low seven goals.

Coast Guard wraps up the season with their best record in program history. The Bears return 15 seniors next year and will look to make a return to the NEWMAC finals. Best of luck to seniors Matt Huemme, Alec Groff and TJ Varley

Springfield will find out their first-round opponent in the NCAA tournament tomorrow night at 9:00 on the NCAA selection show. Coast Guard will also wait to see if they can manage an at-large bid in only their fourth year as a varsity program.

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