Norton, Mass. - April 14, 2018 - A strong first half helped the Springfield College women's lacrosse team to victory on Saturday afternoon, as the Pride defeated Wheaton College, 7-3, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Nordin Field. With the win, the Pride is now 9-5 overall and 4-1 in league play, while the Lyons are now 6-7 with a 3-1 mark against league opponents.
Springfield College owned a 34-15 advantage in shots over 60 minutes of play, while it also picked up 21 ground balls compared to Wheaton's 11. The Lyons were able to secure seven draw controls, while the Pride only had five in the win. Springfield College goalkeeper Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) finished with five saves en route to her ninth win of the year.
Seniors Kayla Schroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.) and Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) both had two goals apiece in the win, while junior Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) also added a pair, while also picking up three ground balls in the win.
Defensively, Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.) caused three turnovers, while also picking up three ground balls in the win. Additionally, Abby Wylie (Ellington, Conn.) scooped up a game-high five ground balls, while Corsano pulled down three draw controls over 60 minutes of play.
Freshman attacker Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal just 1:59 into the contest, before Katie Peters (Medway, Mass.) evened the score after converting a feed from Maddy Lahm (Lyme, Conn.) at the 26:20 mark. From there, Mahoney's strike with 23:43 on the clock sparked a 4-0 run for the Pride, including another one from Mahoney, and back-to-back strikes from Schroeher and Nusbaum to make it 5-1, Springfield, at the halftime break.
Wheaton came out in the second half and struck twice to make it 5-3, but Nusbaum would convert at the 12:13 mark of the second half to push the Pride's lead back to three. From there, Schroeher would add her second of the game with 11:35 remaining, thus sealing the four-goal win for Springfield College.
Next, the Pride will travel to Mount Holyoke for a 6 p.m. contest versus the Lyons on Wednesday, April 18.