Springfield, Mass. - September 23. 2014 - Despite a strike from senior defender Sarah Ducharme (Dudley, Mass.) at the 13:27 mark of the first half, the Springfield College field hockey team fell at the hands of Amherst College, 4-1, on Tuesday evening at Stagg Field.
With the loss, the Pride fall even to 3-3 overall on the season, while Amherst, who is currently ranked No. 11 in the country according to the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) national rankings, improves to 5-2 overall. The Lord Jeffs out shot the Pride, 16-7, and also held a 9-8 advantage in penalty corners over the course of the game.
Springfield goalkeeper Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.) finished the contest with a game-high four saves, while Emily Horwitz (Wilmington, Del.) posted a pair of saves in the victory. Coming into the contest, Horwitz was ranked No. 2 in the nation in both goals against average, only allowing 0.29 tallies per contest and save percentage (.929) over five games played. Both Juliana Barrasso (Bayport, N.Y.) and Rachel Tannenbaum (Berwyn, Pa.) entered the game for their respective teams with 12:44 remaining in the contest. Barasso notched a save and held Amherst scoreless in the final minutes of the game.
Just 6:39 into the contest, Amherst freshman Elizabeth Turnbull (Harding Township, N.J.) capitalized on a penalty corner sent in by Annika Nygren (Sudbury, Mass.) and fired a shot into the back of the net from the arch to give the Lord Jeffs a 1-0 advantage.
After an Amherst goal from Nygren to make it 2-0 Lord Jeffs, Ducharme picked up a blocked shot from Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y.) and got off a strike from the middle of the field that snuck through the Amherst defense and past Horwitz to cut the Pride's deficit in half.
Just prior to halftime, Turnbull scored in the same fashion as her first, blasting a shot from the top of the arch on a penalty corner sent in from Nygren to give the Lord Jeffs a 3-1 lead at the break.
With 12:44 remaining in the contest, Mary Grace Cronin (Arlington, Mass.) picked up a rebound off a shot from Nygren and found the back of the net to give the Lord Jeffs a 4-1 lead in the late stages of the game.
Up next, the Pride will get back to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action, hosting Babson College on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.