Springfield, Mass. - September 20, 2016 - Despite an early second-half comeback from the Pride, two late goals benefitted St. Joseph College, as the Springfield College field hockey program dropped a 4-2 decision to the Monks on Tuesday night at Stagg Field.
With the loss, the Pride fall to 3-3 overall, while St. Joseph's is now 2-3 on the year. Despite the setback, Springfield College held a 22-11 shot advantage throughout the contest, while also holding an 11-7 margin in penalty corners over 70 minutes of play.
For the Pride, freshman Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) tacked on her eighth goal of the year, while junior Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) added her fifth of the season. In net, sophomore goalkeeper Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) registered four saves and took the loss. Her counterpart, Kaylin Mansir (Gardiner, Maine) made three saves in the win.
St. Joseph's struck just 6:51 into the contest when senior midfielder Kelsey Dumond (Lewiston, Maine) caused a turnover in Springfield College territory and fired a pass to first-year Libby Pomerleau (Limerick, Maine) all alone in front of the net. From there, Pomerleau carried the ball forward and placed a shot into the right side of the cage to give the Monks an early 1-0 lead.
St. Joseph's extended its lead to a pair with 12:28 remaining in the first half, when sophomore forward Kara Kelly (York, Maine) picked up a loose ball and was driving down the left flank, before firing a pass into the crease that was tipped by Pomerleau, and found its way to the back side of the net where Samantha Silva (Laconia, N.H.) knocked it in to make it 2-0, Monks heading into the break.
Kicking off the second period, Springfield College cut its deficit in half when sophomore forward Emily Knobel (North Attleboro, Mass.) sent a pass across the Monks' goal mouth, finding the stick of Conley, who buried the chance with 29:17 to play to make it 2-1, St. Joseph's.
Springfield College evened the score just 9:17 later when Knobel sent in a penalty corner, which was stopped by Kennedy. The junior fired a shot on cage that was tipped by a Monks' defender and into the back of the net to make it 2-2 with 21:00 remaining in the contest.
Pomerleau helped the Monks regain its one-goal lead with 9:29 to play when Hayley Winslow (Falmouth, Maine) sent in a penalty corner that was controlled by Dumond, who sent a shot into the arch that was blocked by a Springfield College defender, only to find the stick of Pomerleau, who tucked in her second of the game to make it 3-2, St. Joseph's.
The Monks added an insurance tally with 5:00 remaining when Maddy Beaulieu (West Gardiner, Maine) gained possession of the ball on the edge of the arch and took a shot that was initially saved by Drake, but Beaulieu caught up to the rebound and converted her opportunity to give St. Joseph's a late two-goal cushion.
Up next, Springfield College will host Western New England on Thursday, September 22 at 4 p.m. back on Stagg Field.