Springfield, Mass. - October 10, 2017 - The Springfield College field hockey team suffered a 4-1 setback to Trinity College on Stagg Field on Tuesday in non-conference play.
Trinity, which entered the game receiving votes in the latest PennMonto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Coaches Poll, improved to 7-4 with the win, while the Pride fell to 7-6.
The Bantams held a 27-4 edge in shots for the contest and took 14 of the game's 17 penalty corners. Springfield's Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) had a strong showing between the pipes, notching 11 saves, including nine in the opening 35 minutes of play.
Despite the visitors holding a 17-2 edge in shots in the first half, the two teams went into halftime gridlocked thanks to the outstanding play of Drake. Trinity finally broke through just 1:56 into the second half as they took advantage of their 10th penalty corner of the evening. After Kelcie Finn's bid was deflected into the air heading towards the cage, Nicole Quinlan slapped out ball out of midair along the goal line for the game's first marker.
Finn later got free behind the Springfield defense at the 49:43 mark and drew Drake out of the cage, only to slip a pass to Kendall Brown, who slotted home a goal into the empty net. Finn then got into the scoring mix herself just 33 seconds later when she spun around a Springfield defender to poke home the Bantams third goal. Brown added her second of the game in the 55th minute off a feed from Quinlan.
Springfield's lone shot on goal proved to find the back of the cage in the 66th minute when Emily Knobel (North Attleboro, Mass.) took a pass from Paige Laperle (Auburn, Mass.) for her first goal of the season.
The Pride will return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Friday when it hosts Wellesley at 6 pm.