Springfield, Mass. - September 8, 2016 - Senior defender Jamie Raccosta (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) scored the lone goal for the Pride, as the Springfield College field hockey team was defeated by visiting Keene State College, 4-1, on Thursday evening at Stagg Field.
With the loss, the Pride suffers its first setback of the year, and is now 2-1 overall, while the Owls improve to 2-1 on the season. Keene State held a 19-5 shot advantage throughout the contest, while also possessing nine penalty corners to the Pride's two.
In net, sophomore goalkeeper Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) registered six saves over 70 minutes of play, while for the Owls, sophomore Gwendolyn Thayer (Hatfield, Mass.) played 60:18 and made one save, while first-year Jordan LaRaus (Bedford Hills, N.Y.) came on to play the final 9:42 and let in the Pride's only goal.
Keene State struck just 17:27 into the contest, when Jensyn Dandeneau (Berlin, N.H.) found an open Sami Smith (Merrimack, N.H.) in front of the goal mouth for her first of the game, and to give the Owls a 1-0 lead midway through the opening half. Down one, the Pride were able to keep Keene State off the scoreboard for the remainder of the stanza.
The Owls extended their lead to a pair when Smith set up Julia Babbitt (Haddam, Conn.) for a goal, before Smith made it 3-0 4:40 later with her second of the game. Keene State would eventually take a 4-0 lead over the Pride when Erica Stauffer (Cheshire, Conn.) converted a loose ball in front of the net with 7:39 to play.
Showing its resiliency, the Pride had an array of chances down the stretch, and finally broke through when sophomore midfielder Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) sent a ball into the arch that was tipped by Emily Knobel (North Attleboro, Mass.) and knocked in by Raccosta to cut Springfield's deficit to three.
Up next, Springfield will return to Stagg Field, and will host Husson on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m.