Assistant Sports Editor
There is a saying in lacrosse that is reserved for when a goalie has an outstanding game. On Tuesday night, Springfield College goalkeeper Rob Maher embodied this saying and is worthy of the praise associated with it.
On Tuesday night, Rob Maher was standing on his head.
The Pride’s sophomore goalie made 23 saves as Springfield (7-3) pulled off the 9-6 upset of No. 13 Amherst (8-3) at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field.After arguably the best game of his career, Maher was quick to deflect praise.
“My defense was giving me a lot of good shots to save,” said Maher afterwards, game ball in hand. “Today I just felt on, you know?”
Maher was able to hold the high-powered Amherst offense to six goals, tying their second lowest total of the season. Amherst boasts three attackmen with over 30 points already on the season in Evan Redwood, Cole Cherney and Devin Acton but the trio was held to just two goals and two assists between them.
“We focused a lot on Redwood because he is one of the best attackmen we will see,” said Maher. “And Cherney is a real crafty crease attackmen and they only had two goals and both were man up.”
Maher has started the last three games following an injury to usual starter, Connor Nash. Prior to the injury, Maher and Nash had been splitting time, giving coach Keith Bugbee a lot of flexibility.
“They’re both such great kids and they both work really hard,” said Bugbee. “I’m really anxious to get Connor back because we will be that much deeper at that position.”
Not all the action was happening in the crease though, as things were clicking on offense for the Pride as well. After trading goals for much of the first half, freshman Dylan Sheehan scored on a feed from Ryon Lynch with 13 seconds left in the half to give Springfield the 4-2 lead and momentum heading into the second half.
Amherst’s Dan Routh opened the second half scoring at the 6:28 mark of the third quarter to close the lead to 4-3, but that would be as close as it would get for the Lord Jeffs. Springfield would score five unanswered goals, eventually stretching the lead to 9-3 on Lynch’s second goal at the 8:12 mark of the fourth quarter.
Actin broke the momentum just 11 seconds later, but the damage was already done.
The Pride’s offense was led by Shane Ferguson who scored four goals and dished out two assists in the win. Lynch chipped in with two goals and two assists of his own while Sheehan, Ryan Murphy and Eric Baslov all contributed goals as well.
Springfield will take the field again on Saturday when they travel to Pilgrim League-rival Mass. Maritime before returning to Stagg Field next Wednesday against Clark.