Springfield Defeats MIT, 12-2, in Pilgrim Semifinal

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Nationally-ranked No. 14 Springfield College rattled off eight unanswered goals en route to a 12-2 win over MIT in semifinal action of the Pilgrim Lacrosse League tournament on Wednesday night. The Engineers, who made their fourth straight postseason appearance, close their campaign with a ledger of 7-8.

MIT opened the scoring after five minutes expired when senior Ernie Park (Plainsboro, N.J.) connected on a feed from junior Mike Gibson (Natick, Mass.). The Pride registered the equalizer just over a minute later and then captured a lead it would not relinquish with 1:34 left in the quarter.

Springfield increased its margin courtesy of back-to-back goals early in the second stanza. MIT narrowed the gap to two (4-2) on a strike by freshman Bill Kelleher (Pittsburgh, Pa.) that was set up by Park at the 10:52 mark. The Pride responded with two more goals to gain some breathing and enter the break with a 6-2 advantage.

The first seven minutes of the third quarter was a defensive battle until Springfield found the back of net twice in a span of 20 seconds, igniting its game-ending 8-0 run.

Senior Bryan Beller (Dix Hills, N.Y.) posted three groundballs and one caused turnover while sophomore Elliot Sykora (Wilmette, Ill.) added two caused turnovers. In net, junior Christopher Rullan (Wexford, Pa.) tallied 13 saves, three groundballs, and one caused turnover for the Engineers.