“Some wins feel better than other wins. This one felt a little less satisfying,” said Springfield College head coach Keith Bugbee.
Allowing two man-up goals in the final quarter of play and committing six total penalties would make any coach feel that way; but a win is a win.
Springfield College men’s lacrosse defeated MIT, 12-10, on Saturday. Cameron Glover led the way for the Pride with three goals and an assist.
Springfield is now tied for second place in the NEWMAC standings with Coast Guard.
“We have to win out,” said Bugbee. “I hate depending on other people for our fortune. We just have to take care of our business. We can’t drop a game. At the end we’ll see what it is. It could be anything. It could be a three-way tie for first place. “
The final quarter
With under six minutes left in the fourth quarter, Springfield led 12-8.
MIT went on to score two goals in the last two minutes to cut the score to 12-10.
Of course the Pride still won, but the end of the game was a little too close for comfort.
“We had too many turnovers and it felt like those turnovers converted into goals,” said Bugbee. “Which is the way it always seems to be. It seems like every time you turn the ball over it becomes a goal.”
Springfield committed 13 turnovers and went 5-26 from the face-off circle.
“I felt like today was just a little sloppy. We weren’t as tight as we needed to be.”
The Engineers’ Graham Davis came into the game as the No. 1 goal scorer in the NEWMAC (37).
“We watched a lot of film, broke him down and felt like we had the right matchups, but at the end of the day it just comes down to doing our stuff,” said Bugbee. “I don’t think we did our stuff as well. If we do our stuff and do what we need to do, it takes care of itself. I think we might have been a little bit more talented than they were in the end, but they worked hard man. Well-coached.”
Davis finished the game with four goals.
Springfield takes on Clark on Wednesday on Stagg Field at 7:00 p.m..
Featured photo courtesy of Reef Rogers.