Springfield, Mass. - October 18, 2016 - Freshman forward Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.) put together a career-best four-point performance to lead the Springfield College field hockey team to a 3-0 win over Clark in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Tuesday afternoon at Stagg Field.
With the win, Springfield College improves to 6-8 overall and 2-4 in the NEWMAC, while the Cougars are now 5-11 on the year with an 0-6 mark in league play. The Pride held a 25-12 shot advantage over 70 minutes of play, while also holding an 10-5 margin in penalty corners.
In net for the Pride, freshman goalkeeper Abbey Doherty (Hampton, N.H.) made five stops, while her counterpart, Dani Michaud (Providence, R.I.) posted eight saves in the setback.
Springfield College got on the board with 17:43 remaining in the first half when Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) took a shot on net, that was blocked, but the rebound bounced right to the stick of Copponi, who finished her chance to make it 1-0, Pride, midway through the opening half.
Springfield College pushed its lead to a pair just 1:33 into the second half when Copponi gained control of the ball on the outside of the arch, made a defender miss, and slid a pass over to Emily Knobel (North Attleboro, Mass.) for an easy finish to make it 2-0, Pride, with 33:27 to play.
Copponi helped set up Springfield College's third goal of the contest, as she picked up a loose ball at midfield and made a defender miss before carrying the ball low into the Cougars' defensive end. After drawing a defender, the freshman slid a pass to Kennedy, who turned and fired for a goal to make it 3-0, Pride, with 10:08 to play.
Up next, Springfield College will return to Stagg Field on Thursday, October 20 for a 5 p.m. non-conference tilt with Johnson & Wales.