Springfield, Mass. - September 16, 2014 - Despite freshman forward Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) scoring her first-career goal for the Pride, the Springfield College field hockey team fell to Connecticut College 5-1 on Tuesday evening at Stagg Field.
With the loss, the Pride surrender their first set back of the season, falling to 3-1 overall. However, with the win, the Camels improve to 3-2 in 2014.
Junior goalkeeper Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.) posted five saves in the contest, while her counterpart, Ryle Van der Velde (Louisville, Ky.) finished with a game-high eight stops of her own. Springfield held a 16-13 advantage in shots over 70 minutes of play.
Just 15:41 into the contest, freshman forward Kaitlyn Paiva (Rehoboth, Mass.) jolted the Camels to a 1-0 lead when she gained control of the ball at the top of the arch and stickhandled through the Springfield defense only to net a goal past Villa.
Just 5:22 later, Paiva scored her second goal of the contest when she collected the ball at half field and out ran the Springfield defense in a foot race to the cage, pushing the Camels to a 2-0 victory.
Directly following a third Connecticut College goal from Bryn MacGillivray (Westwood, Mass.), Kennedy broke loose down the middle of the field and capitalized on a breakaway to get the Pride on the board, cutting its deficit to two.
At the 24:20 mark of the second half, Paiva completed her hat tirck when she picked up a ball on the right side of the field and found the back of the net to help Connecticut College regain their three-goal lead.
With 15:19 remaining in the game, Amanda Jacobsen (Stafford Springs, Conn.) picked up a loose ball in the crease and fired a shot past Villa to push the Camels' lead to a 5-1 advantage over the Pride.
Up next, the Pride will travel to Cambridge, Mass. to take on MIT in its first New England Women's and Men's Athlettic Conference (NEWMAC) battle. The game is set to to begin at 1 p.m.