Springfield, Mass. - November 1, 2014 - A two-goal performance from junior forward Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y.) paced the Springfield College field hockey program to a 3-2 victory over WPI on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.
With the win, the Pride close out its regular season with a 9-8 overall record and 4-4 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and will travel to Babson on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. contest in the NEWMAC Quarterfinals. With the loss, WPI falls to 11-6 overall and 3-5 in NEWMAC play, but picks up the sixth-seed and will travel to MIT on Tuesday.
The Pride dominated offensively, as Springfield posted 26 shots on the afternoon, and held the Engineers to just eight overall, including seven in the second half. Springfield also held a 22-4 advantage in penalty corners. Junior goalkeeper Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.) finished the contest with five saves, while Lauren Puishys (Oxford, Mass.) registered 11 of her own.
With 16:23 remaining in the opening half, junior forward Katie Gill (Wallingford, Conn.) and senior forward Linnea Quist (New Preston, Conn.) exectued a give-and-go inside of WPI's defensive zone when Gill found Sarah Ducharme (Dudley, Mass.) on the back side of the cage for an easy shot and goal to give the Pride a 1-0 edge.
With 20:56 left in the game, Abby Cervelloni (Charlottesville, Va.) fired a pass into the Springfield defensive zone and after bouncing off a player, founds its way onto the stick of Libby Richardson (Uxbridge, Mass.) who fired a shot past Villa to even the game at one.
Just 3:03 later, Cabral found the net for the first time when the junior picked up a rebound after a shot from classmate Jamie Raccosta (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) and found the back of the net to regain the one-goal lead for the Pride.
At the 14:20 mark, a penalty corner sent in by Libby Hart (Chatham, Mass.) went to Cabral who set up and blasted a shot from just outside the arch past Puishys to give the Pride a 3-1 lead late in the contest.
With 5:53 remaining in the contest, a scrum in front of the Springfield net resulted in the ball finding the stick of Grace Davis (Sandwich, Mass.) who fired a shot into the empty net to cut the Engineers' deficit to one.
Villa along with the Pride's defense held off a flurry of chances from WPI late in the game and held on to the 3-2 victory.