Springfield, Mass. - October 1, 2016 - Another hot start for the Springfield College field hockey team aided the Pride in picking up its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win of the season, a 4-2 victory over league rival Wheaton College, on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.
With the win, Springfield College is now 5-5 overall and 1-2 in the conference, while the Lyons fall to 4-6 on the year and 0-3 in league play. The Pride held a dominant 30-14 shot advantage over 70 minutes of play, while also possessing 12 penalty corners to the Lyons' eight.
In net, freshman goalkeeper Abbey Doherty (Hampton, N.H.) made her first-career start and posted three saves in the win, while her counterpart, junior goalkeeper Riley Thompson (Fairfield, Conn.) made nine stops in the defeat.
Springfield College took an early advantage just 2:54 into the contest when freshman forward Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) sent in a penalty corner that ended up on the stick of Tori Stollmer (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.), who slid a pass to Paige Laperle (South Auburn, Mass.) for a one-time goal to make it 1-0, Pride.
After back-and-forth play from both sides, Springfield College extended its lead to a pair with 9:35 remaining in the stanza when Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) fired a pass across the goal mouth, which redirected into the net to make it 2-0 in the late stages of the first half.
Wheaton would cut its deficit in half early in the second period when Hannah Southard (Gorham, Maine) gained control of a loose ball deep in Springfield College's defensive end and let a long shot go that found its way past Doherty to make it 2-1, Pride, with 29:50 to play.
Springfield College regained its two-goal cushion just 8:46 later when the Pride put a flurry of chances on cage, before Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) fired a pass across the crease to an open Stollmer, who one-timed a shot into the back of the cage to make it 3-1 with 20:04 on the clock.
Staying resilient, the Lyons kept it a one-goal game following a strike from Kelsey Buckley (Gilford, N.H.), as the junior collected her own rebound and found the back of the net, but Springfield College sealed the victory when Nusbaum fired a shot on cage that was initially saved by Thompson, but Conley picked up the loose ball and fired the ball into the back of the net to seal the 4-2 win for the Pride.
Up next, Springfield College will travel to take on the reigning NEWMAC Champions, Mount Holyoke, on Saturday, October 8. The match is set to begin at 12 p.m.