Clermont, Fla. - March 12, 2017 - Despite a four-point performance from junior attack Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.), the Springfield College women's lacrosse team dropped an 8-7 decision to Denison in the Pride's Spring Break opener at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla. on Sunday evening.
With the loss, the Pride is now 2-2 overall, while the Big Red improves to 3-1 on the season. Denison held a 28-22 advantage in ground balls, and an 9-7 margin in draw controls over 60 minutes of play. The Big Red also out shot Springfield College, 24-18, in the win.
In between the pipes, senior goalkeeper Gabby Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) was impressive, as she made 13 stops in the contest, while for Denison, the combination of Becca Jones (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and Hannah Magarian (Minneapolis. Minn.) registered three saves to keep the Pride at bay.
Along with three goals and one assist from Corsano, junior Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and sophomore Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) eached picked up a pair of goals, while Mahoney led the Pride with four caused turnovers. Sophomore defender Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.) was strong defensively, as she also caused a pair of turnovers and picked up a team-best five ground balls.
For Denison, Claire Ludlow (Grand Rapids, Mich.) had a four-point day, picking up three goals and adding an assist, while Leah Israel (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) found the back of the net twice. Israel also caused a team-best four turnovers, while Jane Goodspeed (Grand Rapids, Mich.) picked up three ground balls.
Israel found the back of the net with 16:45 remaining in the first half to start the games scoring, giving the Big Red a 1-0 lead, before Virginia Hamilton (Richmond, Va.) scored to make it 2-0, Denison, with 11:50 on the clock. Just 22 seconds later, Nusbaum hauled in a pass from Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) and tucked a shot past Jones to cut the Pride's deficit in half, before the sophomore struck again with 7:54 on the clock to even the score at two.
From there, Mahoney would bury a feed from Bianca Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) to give the Pride a breif 3-2 advantage, before Ludlow and Maddy Heher (Morristown, N.J.) scored back-to-back goals to give the Big Red a 4-3 advantage at the half.
It took just 40 seconds into the second half for the Pride to even the score at four apiece, as Mahoney found twine on a play that was set up by Corsano, but Denison would regain a two-goal advantage on back-to-back strikes from Halle Walsh (Duxbury, Mass.) and Ludlow to make it 6-4 with 23:04 to play.
With 20:45 left, Corsano picked up her first goal on the game on a pretty feed from Stephanie Hyslip (Hanson, Mass.), before the junior took a pass from Raniolo and buried her chance to even the score at six with 14:09 on the clock. Corsano would complete the natural hat trick on a free-position shot with 12:29 to go to give Springfield College the 7-6 edge.
Just 2:18 later, Israel would pick up her second of the game to even the score at seven, before Ludlow drove down the middle and fired a shot past Anderson to score a goal which proved to be the game winner.
The Big Red shut down defensively, and held off a late rally from the Pride, causing a pair of turnovers with less than a minute to go to seal the win.
Up next, Springfield College will return to the National Training Center on Wednesday, March 15, when it will take on Endicott College at 9 a.m.