Salem, Mass. - October 28, 2014 - The Springfield College field hockey jumped out to a 2-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 win at Salem State on Tuesday afternoon.
Springfield has won its last three games to even its record to 8-8 on the season. The setback drops the Vikings to 2-14.
For the second-straight game, Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y.) provided the eventual game-winner for the Pride as she found the back of the cage in the 47th minute.
The Pride struck first when Kristina Krull (Leicester, Mass.) rifled the ball into the back of the net on an assist from Linnea Quist (New Preston, Conn.) just 10:37 into the contest. Quist scored a goal of her own when she put in a shot at 28:15 to make it 2-0 at the half.
In the second half, Salem State closed the gap when Kelsey Russell (Arlington, Mass.) put in a pass from Taylor Nawn (Auburn, Mass.) just over 10 minutes into the stanza. However, the Pride countered with a goal from Cabral to make it a 3-1 game in the 47th minute.
Russell delivered a goal into the upper right corner on a penalty stroke to keep the Vikings within reach with less than 17 minutes to go. Salem State could not draw even though as regulation ended with a 3-2 score in favor of Springfield College.
The Vikings' Carolyn Woodin (Arlington, Mass.) had nine saves while Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.) stopped three shots for the Pride. Springfield outshot the Vikings 15-8 for the game.
The Pride will close out the regular season on Saturday afternoon when it hosts WPI in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) showdown that has plenty of conference championship implications. First whistle is set for 1:00 pm.