Framingham, Mass. - February 27, 2019 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team held a 10-2 lead after the first half of play and was able to hang on for a 15-10 victory over Framingham State in non-conference play at Maple Street Field on Wednesday afternoon.
With the win, the Pride is now 2-0 to start the year, while the Rams dropped their season-opening contest, settling at 0-1. Springfield College held a 36-22 advantage in shots over 60 minutes of play, while also winning the ground-ball battle, 30-21. The Pride was 0-for-5 on free-position chances compared to the Rams' 4-for-9 performance on the day.
In net, the Pride's Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) had four saves in her second win of the year, while her counterpart, Indigo Fox Tree-McGrath (Bedford, Mass.) notched 13 stops in the setback.
Sophomore midfielder Taylor Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) led the maroon and white with a game-high seven points on six goals and an assist, while sophomore attack Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.) followed with five points on four goals and one helper. Defensively, Gabby Fogg (Wells, Maine) led the way with three caused turnovers and six ground balls in the win.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 4-0 lead as Sarnacki buried her first of the game just 2:40 into the contest, before Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) set up Pichel for her first of the game just 2:33 later. From there, Nusbaum would find the back of the net on an assist from Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.), which was followed by Katie Martel (Granby, Conn.), who notched her first of the contest at the 21:28 mark to give the Pride a four-goal cushion.
After the Rams got on the board with 16:48 remaining, Springfield College rattled off consecutive goals, as Fogg set up Camryn Field (Walpole, Mass.) for her first marker of the season to make it 5-1, before Pichel found twine for the second time with an unassisted strike with 13:47 to play in the first half. Framingham State scored once again to keep the hosts within four, but the Pride would end the frame with four-straight goals, including three from Sarnacki and one more from Pichel to make it 10-2 at the break.
Springfield College pushed its lead to nine in the first 1:49 of the second half when Pichel struck once again, but Framingham State would cut the deficit back to seven with back-to-back goals just 1:02 apart, making it 11-4. With 26:10 on the clock, Martel buried a feed from Pichel, before the Rams scored twice more to make it 12-6 with 24:26 to play in the contest.
From there, Pichel would score her fifth of the game on a feed from Hannah Calabrese (Longmeadow, Mass.), but the Rams kept pace with two more to make it 13-8 with 18:52 remaining. Pichel would strike again at the 10:09 mark, and the Rams would score two more to stay close, but Katie Stallone (Seaford, N.Y.) had the game's final goal to seal the 15-10 win for the maroon and white.
Springfield College will return to Stagg Field on Thursday, February 28 when it hosts Eastern Connecticut State University in non-conference action at 4 p.m.
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