WORCESTER -- Mark Calnan (Winchester, MA) netted a goal just 3:16 into the match, and Luke Reiniger (Rowley, MA) and Matt Mulligan (Hebron, CT) tallied second-half goals less than a minute apart as WPI knocked off visiting Springfield 4-2 in a NEWMAC men's soccer contest played Saturday afternoon in Alumni Stadium.
WPI, sixth in the initial NCAA Division III New England rankings, extends its winning streak to three and unbeaten run to eight (6-0-2) while improving to 10-2-4 on the season and 4-0-2 in conference play. Springfield falls to 4-11-1 overall and 2-4 in NEWMAC action.
Additionally, the Engineers now have a 13 game unbeaten streak (8-0-5) going back to the start of the 2018 season, and an impressive 13-1-6 over the past three seasons.
After each team had a shot in the opening moments, Calnan did his damage when he rushed down the right side and knocked it in by the near post. It was the senior's fifth goal of the season and 14th of his career.
The game remained 1-0 until WPI struck for a pair of goals 50 seconds apart early in the second half. Reiniger connected on a strike from the right side to just inside the far post at 56:30, and Mulligan dented the scoreboard when he knocked home a rebound of a shot by Francesco Valagussa (Arlington, MA).
The Pride pulled two goals back to make it 3-2. Ethan Boileau (Branford, CT) got the comeback started when he redirected a header by Ian Macala (Vernon, CT) just before the one-hour mark, and the Pride closed the gap to one late in the 72nd minute after Joseph Olaynack (Middletown, NY) smacked a shot in in traffic. WPI got an important insurance goal just a minute later at 72:57 when Mike Biando's (Atlanta, GA) free kick found David Lapointe (Waterbury, VT) for the freshman's fifth goal of the season.
Rufus Adams (Duxbury, MA) notched four stops in goal for WPI while Clayton Knibbs (Madison, CT) and Chris Prizio (Trumbull, MA) both made five saves in 45 minutes for the Pride.
For the match, the hosts held a 21-12 edge in shots while Springfield attempted four of the match's five corner kicks.
WPI is off until next Saturday when it heads down Park Ave. to face Clark in an 11am match with NEWMAC title implications. Springfield is back in action on Tuesday, with a 3:30pm home matchup versus UMass-Boston.