Women's Lacrosse Earns Sixth-Consecutive Victory; Defeats Wheaton, 12-5

Springfield, Mass. - April 15, 2017 - Led by a career-best five points from sophomore attack Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.), the Springfield College women's lacrosse team picked up its sixth-consecutive victory, a 12-5 win over Wheaton in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.

With the win, the Pride is now 9-4 overall and 5-0 in the NEWMAC, while Wheaton falls to 7-7 on the season, with a mark of 4-2 against league opponents. Springfield College held a 27-12 shot advantage over 60 minutes of play, while also securing 11 draw controls to the Lyons' five. 

Offensively, Goddard recorded a goal and a career-best four assists, while junior Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) picked up three goals on the afternoon. Additionally, Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) chipped in with four points, including two goals and two assists, while Kayla Schroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.) found the back of the net twice and set up another.

The Pride's defense was stout nonetheless, holding Wheaton to just five goals while causing 22 turnovers in Saturday's contest. Junior midfielder Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was impressive for Springfield College, as she pulled in seven draw controls, caused five turnovers and had five ground balls. Sophomore defender Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.) also caused four turnovers and scooped up three ground balls in the win. In between the pipes, Gabby Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) made six stops, including four in the first half, to pick up her ninth win of the year.

Wheaton was led by senior attack Giovanna Bishop (Portland, Ore.), as she recorded three goals, while Molly Witten (Bethesda, Md.) and Galicia Rothe (Key Biscayne, Fla.) split time in net for the Lyons, making a combined six saves in the loss.

Wheaton's Katie Peters (Medway, Mass.) would capitalize on a free-position chance just 1:57 into the contest to give the Lyons a 1-0 lead, but that was quickly erased when Goddard found Steidler for an easy catch-and-finish to even the score. From there, Goddard would find Steidler once again at the 21:20 mark, sparking a five-goal run for the Pride to give the hosts a 6-1 lead heading into the halftime break.

After Goddard and Steidler's second connection of the day, Schroeher found the back of the net on a free-position shot, before Corsano dished a pass to a wide open Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.), who made it 4-1 with 12:40 on the clock. Just 1:23 later, Goddard set up Steidler for her third of the half, before Corsano snuck a pass to Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) in front for a hard finish that capped the run, giving the Pride a 6-1 lead at the break.

Schroeher capitalized on another free-position chance just 1:11 into the second half to push Springfield College's lead to six, before Goddard found Mahoney in front for an easy finish to make it 8-1. From there, Wheaton strung together three goals to cut its deficit to four, but Katie Stallone (Seaford, N.Y.) iced the run with a free-position goal with 18:24 to play to make it 9-4, Springfield College. 

Goddard would find twine on a free-position shot of her own, before Corsano struck twice within 2:44 to make it 12-4, Pride, with 1:20 on the clock. Bishop would score with 26 second left to cut the Lyons' deficit to five, but Springfield College easily sealed the win after winning its 11th draw control of the day.

Up next, Springfield College will return to NEWMAC play on Wednesday, April 19 when it travels to Smith College for a 6 p.m. contest with the Pioneers.