Springfield, Mass. - October 8, 2014 - A career-high eight-point performance from junior forward Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y.) paced the Springfield College field hockey team to a convincing 9-1 victory over Castleton State on Wednesday afternoon at Stagg Field.
The Math and Secondary Education major tallied three goals and a pair of assists including a pair of goals in the opening 2:43 to jump start the Pride offense.
With the win, the Pride even it's record out at 5-5 overall, while the Spartans fall to 0-9 on the year. Springfield put forward its best offensive showing of the season, holding a 43-7 advantage in shots over the course of the game, including 26 shots on net, while also holding a 16-3 margin in penalty corners.
Junior goalkeeper Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.) played 48:44 without seeing a shot on goal, until Juliana Barrasso (Bayport, N.Y.) came in and made a pair of saves in the final 21:16 of the game. Castleton State goalkeeper Jess Galatioto (Queensbury, N.Y.) made nine stops on the day, while Meeghan Doris (New Milford, Conn.) made eight in relief.
Springfield got out to a hot start when Cabral pumped in a pair of goals just one minute apart from one another to begin the game. On the first marker just 1:43 into the contest, the reigning New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week possessed the ball in the middle of the field and fired a shot into the netting to give the Pride a 1-0 advantage.
Just one minute later, Libby Hart (Chatham, Mass.) was streaking down the middle of the field and found Cabral open on the left side, who then put another shot on the net. After Galatioto made the initial stop, Cabral picked up her own rebound and found the back of the net to give the Pride an early 2-0 lead.
With 16:26 remaining in the opening stanza, Cabral slid a pass to senior Linnea Quist (New Preston, Conn.) who stung a shot at the net, only to have junior Kristina Krull (Leicester, Mass.) tip the shot into the net to push the lead to three.
Following an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Katie Gill (Wallingford, Conn.) at the 11:15 mark of the first half, Springfield extended it's lead to five when Hart sent in a penalty corner to sophomore defender Jamie Raccosta (Hopewell Junction, N.Y), who stopped the ball for Quist, who then cranked a shot past Galatioto for her team-leading 8th goal of the season.
With 22:43 left in the game, Gill picked the ball out of a scrum and fired a shot on net, and only to have senior defender Sarah Ducharme (Dudley, Mass.) hammer home a rebound from her knees to make it 6-0.
After a goal from Kristy Pinkham (Brandon, Vt.) to get the Spartans on the board, freshman midfielder Paige Laperle (South Auburn, Mass.) carried the ball into the Castleton State defensive zone and slid a pass over to junior forward Megan Rooney (St. James, N.Y.) on the back side of the net, who pushed the ball past Doris to make it 7-1 in the late stages of the game.
With 22 seconds remaining, Cabral ripped a shot on net that was blocked by a Castleton State defender, but trickled to Tori Stollmer (Hopewell Junction, Vt.), who deflected the ball into the net to give the Pride an 8-1 advantage.
On the ensuing face-off, Cabral picked off a pass in the Spartans defensive zone and pulled up for a a shot from the top of the arch that screamed past Doris to complete her hat trick with 10 seconds remaining, icing the 9-1 victory.
The Pride will resume play on Saturday, when it travels to South Hadley, Mass. to take on Mount Holyoke College in a crucial NEWMAC contest at 2 p.m.