Springfield, Mass. - September 2, 2018 - The Springfield College field hockey team continued its impressive start to the 2018 campaign as it eased past visiting Westfield State, 5-1, on Sunday afternoon on Stagg Field.
Springfield improved to 2-0 win the win, while the Owls suffered their first loss of the season to even their record at 1-1.
The Pride put together another solid offensive showing, outshooting the visitors 19-5 and taking seven of the game's nine penalty corners. Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) led the way with a pair of goals, bringing her season total to six in just two games as the 2016 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year has already surpassed her season total of five from a season ago. Taylor Low (Longmeadow, Mass.) was credited with a pair of assists in the victory, and Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) made four saves between the pipes.
Conley opened up the scoring just 6:17 into the game before Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.) netted what would prove to be the eventual game winner when she slotted home a shot into the left corner at the 15:52 mark. Just 1:25 later, Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) took advantage of a terrific look from Gabby Inkel (South Windsor, Conn.) off a penalty corner to give the Pride a 3-0 cushion heading into the half.
Holly Rivers (Danbury, Conn.) deflected in a her first collegiate goal just over two minutes into the second half, only to have Westfield State find the back of the cage at 58:56 on a strike by Jordyn Gosselin (Bolton, Vt.) on the Owls first penalty corner of the game. Carly Zona (Auburn, Mass.) was credited with the assist.
Conley closed out the scoring when she blasted home a shot from the left wing off a feed from Low with under a minute to play to seal the win in the Pride's home opener.
Springfield, which is in the midst of a five-game homestand, will next play on Wednesday when it hosts rival Western New England at 4:00 pm.
Photo by John Inkel