Norton, Mass. - October 21, 2017 - Led by three goals from senior forward Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) and a pair from sophomore forward Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.), the Springfield College field hockey team picked up a 5-2 win over Wheaton in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon at Nordin Field.
With the win, Springfield College is now 11-6 on the year and 4-3 in conference play, while the Lyons are now 4-10 overall with an 0-7 mark against league opponents. The Pride's 11th win of the season marks the most the program has had since 2009 when Springfield College went 12-9 and advanced to the NEWMAC Championship game. Kennedy's three goals on Satuday pushed the senior's season total to 20, marking the first 20-goal scorer for the Pride since Jane Kelleher '09 and Brittany Veazie '08 both scored 23 goals in 2007.
In net for the Pride, junior goalkeeper Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) finished with five stops in 70 minutes of play, while her counterpart, Riley Thompson (Fairfield, Conn.) made 12 stops in the setback. Springfield College owned a 30-12 shot advantage in the contest, while also holding a 6-3 margin in penalty corners.
Springfield College got on the board first just 1:24 into the second half when Copponi scored unassisted, as Kennedy followed suit just 6:57 later to give the Pride a 2-0 advantage. Kennedy and Copponi went back-to-back again to give Springfield College a 4-0 lead, before Kennedy finished off the Pride's scoring on an assist from Copponi to make it 5-0, maroon and white.
Wheaton cut its deficit to three late in the game, but the Pride were able to seal the 5-2 win.
Next, Springfield College will return to Stagg Field on Tuesday, September 24 when it will host Salem State at 6 p.m.