Hartford, Conn. - May 12, 2018 - Behind seven points from freshman Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.) and a career-best six points from junior Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.), the Springfield College women's lacrosse team defeated Elms College, 24-3, in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, hosted at Jessee/Miller Field on the campus of Trinity College on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Pride, which is now 15-6 on the year, will advance to take on the No. 11-ranked Trinity College Bantams on Sunday, May 13 at 1 p.m. Elms, which made its first NCAA Division III Championship Tournament appearance on Saturday afternoon, finishes the 2018 season with an overall record of 10-9. Springfield College, which has now won 10 of its last 11 games, set a new Division III program record for goals in a single game with 24 on Saturday. The last time the Pride scored 24 in a game was when it was a Division II program in a 24-9 victory over Saint Michael's on April 8, 2005.
Leading the Pride was Sarnacki's seven points, while Goddard chipped in three goals and dished out three assists in the victory. Down the stretch, four Springfield College student-athletes recorded their first-career goals, including Hannah Calabrese (Enfield, Conn.), Camryn Field (Walpole, Mass.), Michala Niden (Walpole, Mass.) and Marella Verde (Mahopac, N.Y.). Seniors Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) and Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) each recorded three goals, as Corsano also finished with a game-high nine draw controls in the win.
Springfield College owned a 40-11 shot advantage over 60 minutes of play, while also scooping up 19 ground balls compared to the Blazers' six. The Pride also owned a 22-6 advantage on the draw. In net, sophomore goalkeeper Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) made eight saves in her 15th win of the year.
Springfield College's Kayla Schroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.) and Mahoney found the back of the net just 1:02 apart to give the Pride a 2-0 jump start just 1:30 into the contest, before the Pride went on a three-goal run over the next 1:20. Sparking the run was Schroeher's second of the contest, before Mahoney and Goddard found the back of the net to make it 5-0 with 25:31 on the clock. From there, Corsano netted back-to-back goals just 15 seconds apart to push the Pride's lead to seven, before Julia Bireley (Franklin, Mass.) and Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) scored to make it 9-0, with 19:44 to play in the first half.
From there, the Pride kept cruising as Sarnacki buried a pair of unassisted goals, before adding her third at the 6:06 mark to give Springfield College a 12-1 lead. Freshman Katie Campbell (Somers, N.Y.) then made it 13-1 with 4:15 on the clock, before Elms' Vanessa Vurno (Salem, Conn.) scored to give the Pride a 13-2 lead at the break.
Springfield College continued to pour it on in the second half as Goddard and Sarnacki made it 15-2, before goals from Goddard, Mahoney and Corsano in a span of 1:58 made it 18-2, Pride. Bireley added her second of the game, before Calabrese found twine in transition to make it 21-2. Elms' Haley Richard (Monson, Mass.) converted a free-position chance with 8:00 on the clock to make it 21-3, Pride, but goals from Field, Verde and Niden would seal the win for the Pride.
Photos courtesy of Mike Borden.