South Hadley, Mass. – October 11, 2014 - Junior forward Katie Gill (Wallingford, Conn.) tallied the Pride's lone goal, as the Springfield College field hockey team fell at the hands of Mount Holyoke College on Saturday afternoon, 4-1, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. With the loss, the Pride fall to 5-6 overall and 1-3 in conference play, as the 19th-ranked Lyons improve to 9-2 on the year and 3-1 in the NEWMAC.
Both teams registered 12 shots on the day, while Mount Holyoke held an 8-4 advantage over the Pride in penalty corners. Junior goalkeeper Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.) posted six saves in the contest, while Liz DiCesare (Westford, Mass.) finished the game with eight stops.
Mount Holyoke opened the scoring just 11:46 into the contest as Kirsten Kilburn (North Branford, Conn.) fired in a shot off a corner, which was deflected into the right side of the goal by Lyon freshman Sophie Perekslis (Sheffield, Mass.).
Mount Holyoke added to it's advantage in the 29th minute off another penalty corner as the ball once again travelled out to Kilburn, who blasted it in from just inside the top of the arc. Senior defender Allison Slysz (Hatfield, Mass.), was in perfect position at the left post to knock in the bullet shot from Kilburn for the 2-0 lead.
Junior Sarah LaQuerre (Old Orchard Beach, Maine) made it a 3-0 game just before the half after she collected the ball off the corner injection and lobbed it into the air and over the head of the Villa. Sophomore Charlotte Wagner (West Chester, Pa.) earned the assist for her corner feed to LaQuerre in the 31st minute.
In the second half, the Lyons pushed their advantage to 4-0 within the first six minutes as Kilburn sent a beautiful pass through traffic at the goal mouth, which was quickly fired in to the right corner by junior Anna Hartman (Montpelier, Vt.).
The Pride, who had a number of solid chances throughout the contest, finally broke through in the 53rd minute on an outstanding individual effort from Gill. Carrying the ball into the circle, the junior charged on net and battled through traffic in front to bury it past DiCesare.
Springfield had another chance with just four minutes remaining as Gill once again fired it past DiCesare, but the goal was waived off for a violation.
Springfield will resume play when it will travel south to Trinity College on Wednesday, October 15. The game is set to begin at 6 p.m.