By Evan Wheaton
It was a special day at Stagg Field on Saturday as Springfield College welcomed many grandparents to attend the men’s lacrosse game against Emerson. A tradition that was started about 10 years ago, many families came together to watch their descendants play.
“It’s really great to get them here,” senior Ray McCarthy said. “Mine didn’t have to travel too far, but I know for a lot of these guys they do so it’s pretty special to see.”
McCarthy had a strong first quarter. He scored two goals within two minutes and six seconds. Both were assisted by Jack Vail, who scored the first goal of the game exactly one minute in. He finished the game with two goals and three assists.
Everyone stepped up offensively as 13 different players saw the net en route to a 21-5 victory.
“They’re a young program and don’t have a lot of bodies,” said head coach Keith Bugbee. “They’re not quite at the same point that we’re at, and we got to play well today which is good. But they’re getting better. Every year they have a bit of a larger squad with better talent.”
Emerson was held to just one goal in the first quarter. They were shut out in the second while Springfield extended their lead by five goals. Entering halftime at 13-1 Pride, the Lions increased their production until Springfield piled on goals in the fourth quarter.
Despite the mounting lead, the Pride kept their minds on the task at hand rather than the favorable odds of winning.
“We just tried to stay consistent and do what we do,” McCarthy said. “Just keep hammering it home, you know? Just keep doing what we’re doing and if we do what we should do the score will take care of itself.”
McCarthy’s other two goals came in the fourth quarter and were both assisted by sophomore Matt Huggett, who had a goal himself. Freshman Zachary Schuette also had one goal and two assists while senior Cole Pecora and freshman Christopher Santa Barbara each had a pair of goals.
Senior Cole Finerty allowed just one goal and had two saves. Sophomore Daniel Biesty saw some playing time as well, allowing four goals while making four saves.
“We kept playing hard, moved the ball, and got everybody involved,” McCarthy said. “Don’t be selfish with it and be consistent. I think it was a great team day today.”
Photo courtesy Sam Leventhal