South Hadley, Mass. - October 8, 2016 - It took a goal with 1:01 remaining in the contest for Mount Holyoke to defeat the Springfield College field hockey program, as the reigning New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)-champion Lyons earned a 2-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Mount Holyoke College Field Turf.
With the loss, the Pride is now 5-6 on the year, with a 1-3 record in conference play, while the Lyons are 6-4 on the year, with a 3-1 mark in the NEWMAC. Both sides posted 15 shots over 70 minutes of play on the afternoon, while the Lyons held a significant 17-6 advnatage in penalty corners.
In net, freshman Abbey Doherty (Hampton, N.H.) made six saves on the afternoon, while for Mount Holyoke, Liz DeCesare (Westford, Mass.) posted nine saves in the win. Sophomore Hannah Boylan (Mansfield, Mass.) scored the lone goal for the Pride, as her tally was the first of her career with 6:29 remaining in the first half.
Mount Holyoke struck just 3:03 into the contest when Charlotte Wagner (West Chester, Pa.) found the back of the net on an assist from Kathryn Rawson (Old Town, Maine) to give the hosts an early 1-0 lead. With under seven minutes left in the first half, Boylan recorded an unassisted strike to pull Springfield College even at one heading into the break.
The two sides played back-and-forth for a majority of the second half and held tough, but the Lyons finally broke through with 1:01 remaining in the contest when Rawson buried a chance set up by Mirjam Keochakian (Hamburg, Germany) for the game-winner.
Up next, Springfield College will travel to No. 15 Trinity College on Tuesday for a non-conference battle at 6 p.m.