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Kennedy Leads Field Hockey Past Mount Holyoke, 3-2, in Overtime; Pride Advances to NEWMAC Championship Semifinals

Kennedy Leads Field Hockey Past Mount Holyoke, 3-2, in Overtime; Pride Advances to NEWMAC Championship Semifinals

South Hadley, Mass. - October 31, 2017 - Senior forward Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) registered three goals, including the game winner in overtime as the Springfield College field hockey team defeated Mount Holyoke, 3-2, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Quarterfinals on Tuesday night at the MHC Field Turf.

With three goals on Tuesday, Kennedy now has 25 on the season, marking the most goals in a single season for a Springfield College student-athlete since the Pride's head coach, Melissa (Rogers) Sharpe notched 28 goals in 2001, the program record.

With the win, Springfield College, which was the No. 5 seed in the tournament, improves to 13-7 on the year and will advance to take on top-seeded Babson College on Saturday, November 4 at 11 a.m. in Babson Park. With the loss, Mount Holyoke falls to 12-6 overall. This marks the first time since 2012 that the Pride have advanced past the NEWMAC Championship Quarterfinals.

The Lyons held a 26-20 shot advantage over the course of the game, while it was also awarded 12 penalty corners to the Pride's three. In net for Springfield College, Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) recorded 15 saves, while her counterpart, Morgan Turner (Chester, N.J.) made nine stops in the setback. 

After back-and-forth play to begin the contest, Springfield College got on the board with 7:39 left in the first half when Kennedy converted an unassisted strike for her 23rd goal of the season to give the Pride a 1-0 lead just before halftime. Mount Holyoke evened up the score with 20:22 remaining in the contest when Kaitlin Braz (Tolland, Conn.) sent a long pass into the Pride's defensive end, before the ball was tipped past Drake by Sophie Perekslis (Millerton, N.Y.) to make it 1-1. The goal marked Perekslis' 16th marker of the season.

Springfield College regained its one-goal advantage with 16:23 to play when Kennedy registered her second goal of the game, another unassisted strike that gave the Pride a 2-1 lead late in the contest. Showing its resiliency, Mount Holyoke once again pulled even, this time with 1:36 to play in the contest as Braz notched a goal of her own off of an assist from Kristina Ramsden (Florence, Mass.), knotting the game at two goals apiece at the end of regulation.

With 5:41 to play in the first overtime period, Kennedy picked up her third of the game, another unassisted strike to lift the Pride to a 3-2 victory over the Lyons.

Next, Springfield College will travel to top-seeded Babson College and will take on the Beavers at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 4.