Springfield, Mass. - September 5, 2018 - The Springfield College field hockey team tied a program record for most goals in a game as it surged past Western New England, 11-2, on Wednesday afternoon on Stagg Field.
The Golden Bears dropped to 0-2 with the setback, while Springfield improved to 3-0, marking the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Pride has been victorious in its first three outings. The 11 goals tied the program mark of 11 which was set in 1975 versus Keene State. Springfield took 44 shots in the game, while the visitors took nine.
It was a dominant opening 35 minutes of action for Springfield as it owned an 18-3 edge in shots. Holly Rivers (Danbury, Conn.) opened up the game's scoring at the 7:19 mark off a feed from Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) before Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) drilled an unassisted marker just over three minutes later. Taylor Low (Longmeadow, Mass.) accounted for the game's third goal as she lofted in a shot at 19:30.
With just over 10 minutes left in the half, Ashley Frank (Somerset, Mass.) delivered her first career goal on an assist from Nusbaum, and Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.) closed out the first-half scoring at 29:30.
Springfield pumped in a pair of goals to begin the second half as Kyra Ashe (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Rivers found the back of the cage just 1:09 apart in the 49th minute. WNE responded with a goal from Haley Daigneault at 51:40 after she got behind the Pride defense and snuck a shot inside the left post, only to have Low answer right back when she blistered home a bid from at 53:10. Low then produced an outstanding centering pass to Ashe for the strike 55 seconds later to make it a 9-1 contest.
Daigneault tacked on her second goal of the game with less than 10 minutes to play when she cleaned up a scramble in front of the cage and popped it into the top shelf. However, Low would complete the hat trick with another unassisted goal at 61:54, and with just 35 seconds to play, Emily Knobel (North Attleboro, Mass.) ripped a shot from eight yards out to conclude the scoring and tie the program record.
Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) picked up the win for Springfield and needed to make just six saves in the win. Dana Dufour was credited with 21 stops between the pipes for Western New England. Low totaled three goals and an assist, while Nusbaum registered three assists and a goal to pace the Pride's offense.
Springfield will continue its homestand on Saturday when it hosts Keene State at 12 pm.
Photo by John Inkel