Springfield, Mass. - October 4, 2014 - The Springfield College field hockey team netted four first-half goals and didn't look back as it defeated Wheaton College 4-1 on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) meeting.
The victory snaps the Pride's five-game skid as it improves to 4-5, 1-2 in league action. The Lyons are now 7-4, 1-2.
Springfield owned a 16-3 advantage in shots for the game, which was played in driving rain throughout. The Pride also took 12 of the game's 15 penalty corners.
Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y.) gave the Pride an early 1-0 advantage, just 7:37 into the contest, firing a shot from the top of the arc passed Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass.)
Just 4:55 later, Cabral fired a shot from the top of the arc that was deflected by a Wheaton defender. Katie Gill (Wallingford, Conn.) gained possession of the deflection on the right side post for the finish.
Two minutes after, Linnea Quist (New Preston, Conn.) sent a pass into the crease from the top of the arc, landing on the stick of Kristina Krull (Leicester, Mass.). Krull made no mistake as she found the back of the net to extend the Pride's lead to three.
With 1:38 remaining in the first half, Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) delivered Springfield's fourth marker of the opening 35 minutes as she scored after making a move to free herself past Wolters.
Kelsey Buckley (Gilford, N.H.) scored Wheaton's lone goal off a feed from Amelia Gage (Lebanon, N.H.), with 6:53 remaining in the contest.
Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.) needed to make just one save for the Pride to earn the win. Wolters had seven saves in the loss for the visiting Lyons.
Up next, the Pride will host Castleton on Wednesday, October 8 back on Stagg Field. The game is set to begin at 4 p.m.