May 12, 2010

*Courtesy of Springfield Athletics

Springfield, Mass. - The Springfield College men's lacrosse team shut down visiting Widener University, 7-1, in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore goalie Marc Martinez had his best collegiate game as he registered a career-high 18 saves in the win.

Springfield will now advance to the second round and will travel south to square off against Salisbury on Saturday. It marks the third-straight season that the Pride has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Pride now stand at 13-5 on the season and have won 12 of its last 13 games. Widener season comes to a close with a 10-10 record.

Martinez was the difference in the contest as he racked up 18 saves, arguably the finest game of his young career. The last time Springfield surrendered just one goal in a game was April 19, 2006 when it cruised past Norwich, 24-1.