Women's Lacrosse Runs Past Eastern Connecticut, 11-6

Women's Lacrosse Runs Past Eastern Connecticut, 11-6

Springfield, Mass. - March 3, 2017 - Three goals from both sophomore Katie Stallone (Seaford, N.Y.) and junior Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) helped the Springfield College women's lacrosse team to an 11-6 win over Eastern Connecticut on Friday evening.

With the win, the Pride improves to 2-0 on the year, while the Warriors fall to 1-1. The Pride held a 23-13 shot advantage over 60 minutes of play, while also securing 11 draw controls to Eastern Connecticut's five. Springfield College also picked up 22 ground balls compared to the Warriors 14 in the contest.

In between the pipes, senior goalkeeper Gabby Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) made five stops, while her counterpart, Taylor Emmerson (Colchester, Conn.) made seven saves in the setback. 

Along with Corsano's three goals, the junior also posted a pair of assists for a game-high five points. Junior Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) registered three points, including a pair of goals and one assist, while also grabbing four ground balls, and classmate Julia Bireley (Franklin, Mass.) caused a team-best three turnovers.

It didn't take long for the Pride to get on the scoreboard, as Corsano took a feed from Stephanie Hyslip (Hanson, Mass.) and found the back of the net to make it 1-0, just 4:47 into the contest. Springfield College would take a 2-0 lead on a goal from Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) just 3:53 later, sparking a three-goal run, including strikes from Stallone and Corsano to make it 4-0, Pride, with 17:55 to play in the first half.

After Alyssa Forssell (Center Mariches, N.Y.) got the Warriors on the board with 16:37 on the clock, Corsano countered with a free-position goal of her own to make it 5-1, Pride, but Eastern Connecticut's Michelina Pinto (Groton, Conn.) and Aylssa Powers (Ellington, Conn.) would convert free-position chances of their own to cut the visitors' deficit to a pair.

With just under three minutes left in the first, Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) found the back of the net, beginning a four-goal run for the Pride, including goals from Mahoney, Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.), and one more from Steidler to give Springfield College a 9-3 lead at the break.

Stallone netted her second of the game just 1:20 into the second half on a feed from Steidler, before Eastern Connecticut rattled off three-straight goals from Powers, Pinto and Paige Schneider (East Lyme, Conn.) to cut its deficit to four with 6:49 to play. 

With just under 30 seconds on the clock, Hyslip found Stallone in transition for the sophomore's third goal of the game, sealing the 11-6 in.

Up next, Springfield College will hit the road for the first time in 2017, and will take on No. 3 Trinity College on Tuesday at 6 p.m.