Springfield, Mass. - September 18, 2018 - The Springfield College field hockey pumped in three first half goals and never looked back is it toppled St. Joseph's College (Maine) in a non-conference contest on Tuesday evening on Stagg Field.
Springfield, which is off to a 5-1 start for the second-straight season, handed the Monks (7-1) their first loss of the season as the visitors had been receiving votes in the most recent Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll.
Through seven games this season, St. Joseph's had netted 40 goals and allowed just three, but Springfield was able to keep the visitors off the scoreboard as Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) was sensational between the pipes, racking up 10 stops. Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) continued to shine on the offensive end with three goals, while Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) was credited with three assists.
St. Joseph's held an 18-10 edge in shots, as well as an 10-3 advantage in penalty corners, including a 7-1 cushion in the first half.
The Pride wasted no time seizing the early momentum as Conley cleaned up a scramble in front of the cage and jammed in a shot just inside the post only 1:45 into the contest for the 1-0 advantage. The hosts doubled their lead at the 11:45 mark when Nusbaum sent a terrific centering pass to Conley, who got behind the Monks defense. The junior made no mistake, slotting home her one-on-one bid to make it a 2-0 contest.
Springfield later took advantage of its first penalty corner of the game with under three minutes left in the first half as Nusbaum found Holly Rivers (Danbury, Conn.) on the back post for the Pride's third goal of the evening.
Drake was terrific in the opening 35 minutes of action, posting six saves, including a pair of incredible sprawling stops to keep the Monks off the scoreboard.
The Pride tacked on the game's final goal at the 57:22 mark when Nusbaum and Conley connected again, this time after Nusbaum ripped a bid towards cage that Conley was able to get her stick on and redirect over the goal line.
On Friday, the Pride will open up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play when it travels to face the nation's fifth-ranked team in Babson in a rematch of last year's conference tournament semifinals.
Photo by John Inkel