Northampton, Mass. - October 7, 2017 - Behind two goals from Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.), the Springfield College field hockey team cruised to a 5-0 victory over Smith College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Pride has now won two-consecutive matches and improves to 7-5 overall and picks up its first win against conference opponents (1-3), while the Pioneers fall to 5-6 on the year and 2-2 in NEWMAC play. Springfield College, which had 19 shots and 18 shots on goal, held the Pioneers to just 11 shots over 70 minutes of play. Both sides had nine penalty corners apiece.
Fresh off becoming the fifth Springfield College field hockey student-athlete since 1980 to eclipse the 100-career point plateau, Kennedy tacked on two more goals and four more points, while the Pride also received scoring from Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.), and Morgan Bronk (Ballston Lake, N.Y.), who notched her first-career goal in maroon and white. In net, goalkeeper Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) finished with seven saves, while her counterpart, Cameo Tietje (Massapequa, N.Y.) finished with 13 stops in the setback.
Springfield College struck first with 15:07 to play in the first half when Kennedy hauled in a pass from Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) and registered her 11th goal of the season, before the senior forward found the back of the net again 2:18 later when she picked up a loose ball in front and hammered her chance home to make it 2-0, Pride.
With 4:15 to play in the first half, Springfield College gained a 3-0 lead when Conley notched her third goal of the year, sending the Pride into the halftime break with a three-goal lead.
Coming out of the break, the Pride would tack on another just 9:20 into the second half when Mahoney collected a rebound and finished her chance to make it 4-0, before Bronk finished off Springfield College's scoring on the day with a goal with 14:28 to play, sealing the 5-0 win.
Next, Springfield College will return to Stagg Field on Tuesday, October 10 when it will host Trinity College, which was receiving votes in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III National Rankings, at 6 p.m.