By Collin Atwood
The Springfield College men’s lacrosse team played their first game today since March 7, 2020. It was a back and forth battle in their conference matchup versus Coast Guard who they beat in the NEWMAC championship game in 2019 and 2018.
Neither team could pull away with a comfortable lead. After a scoreless fourth quarter the Pride fell to the Bears 14-13 in a nail-biting thriller.
“I knew it was going to be a very close game either way. They’re a good team,” said head coach, Keith Bugbee.
A close game was inevitable after a year of not playing. You could feel the passion from these players as they took the field.
“The energy was great, these two teams were excited to play,” Bugbee said.
Springfield and Coast Guard were shooting right out of the gates with a goal for each team in the first two minutes. The first goal of the season for Springfield went to Riley Burgmyer, a sophomore majoring in psychology. Burgmyer finished the day with three goals on nine shots.
Coast Guard started off strong and led 3-1 after the first five minutes. Springfield fought back and cut the deficit to one going into the second quarter.
Springfield College started off the second quarter with a beautiful assist from Joe Hawley to junior attacker, Zac Schuette. That was the start of a 6-2 run for the Pride which gave them a 10-7 lead over the Bears. Coast Guard scored a late goal in the second quarter and went into halftime trailing the Pride by two.
After halftime the scoring slowed down for both teams. Sophomore midfielder Kevin Tiereny scored the Pride’s second goal of the quarter with 6:07 left in the third. Tierney led Springfield in scoring on the day with four goals. But it wasn’t enough.
The Prides 13-10 lead going into the fourth seemed to be enough as the Bears hadn’t scored a goal in the first seven minutes. After three straight goals by the Bears, you could hear the Pride yelling “defense” from a mile away.
With less than three minutes to go the Bears took their first lead since the 12:52 mark in the second quarter. As time is trickling away so is hope that the Pride could send this game to overtime. With 19 seconds on the clock, Tierney takes one last shot to tie it up. You could tell he put his all into that shot.
Coast Guard blocks it, the ball flies in the air and the clock hits zero.
It was a hard fought game by both teams that ended the worst way.
“They beat us by us being undisciplined,” Bugbee said.
Springfield committed nine penalties which included an unnecessary roughness penalty on Schuette that had him out for two minutes and that hurt the Pride. Schuette finished with two goals and three assists.
The Bears also beat the Pride in the ground ball game by having 42 to Springfield’s 28.
Springfield’s next game is at Wheaton on April 3 where they look to bounce back. The key going into that game is for the Pride to stay out of the penalty box.
“It’s a game you got to play with a lot of discipline,” Bugbee said.
Photo courtesy of Jack Margaros