Springfield, Mass. - October 13, 2017 - The Springfield College field hockey produce a critical 4-1 victory against Wellesley College on Friday night under the lights of Stagg Field in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) showdown.
Springfield is now 8-6, 2-3 in conference play as it picked up its first win over the Blue since 2010. The loss drops Wellesley to 5-8, 2-4.
The Pride put together a dominating performance from the opening whistle, posting 27 shots compared to Wellesley's eight. Springfield took nine of the game's 12 penalty corners and forced Wellesley goalie Maggie Connelly to make 20 saves in the contest.
Just under 14 minutes into the game, Springfield's Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.) got free in front of the cage, spinning free of her defender and slotting home the game's first strike for the hosts. Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) sparked bid was a great feed from the top of the arc.
Kennedy added a goal of her own at the 19:21 mark when she converted on the Pride's third penalty corner of the evening. After taking the initial feed, Kennedy lost her defender with a slick move before drilling a shot from 10 yards out.
Wellesley answered with a goal just 2:02 into the second half on a Hannah Maisano registered an unassisted strike that came after she flipped a back-handed shot past Springfield goalie Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) for the Blue's first marker. However, Springfield respondsed right back with a goal from Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) just 1:55 later.
Copponi conluded the scoring with a strike at the 50:28 mark when after she collected a great up-field pass from Taylor Conley (Yarmouthport, Mass.) and raced 30 yards before hammering a shot home on the run to make it a 4-1 game. \
Springfield will play again next Tuesday when it hosts Clark at 7 pm on Stagg Field.