South Hadley, Mass. - October 3, 2017 - The Springfield College field hockey team could not hang onto an early lead as it was defeated by Mount Holyoke College, 4-2, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Tuesday evening.
Springfield dropped its fifth-consecutive game to even its record to 5-5, 0-3 in conference play.
The visitors broke onto the scoreboard first as first year forward Taylor Low (Longmeadow, Mass.) deflected in a shot off the stick of junior midfielder Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) at the 23:02 mark. Mount Holyoke countered less than ten minutes later, nabbing the equalizer off one of its eight penalty corners in the opening half. Off an injection from junior midfielder Colby Newsham (Harvard, Mass.), classmate Mirjam Keochakian (Hamburg, Germany) one-timed a shot through traffic and in at 31:57.
Senior captain Kathryn Rawson (Old Town, Maine) notched the go-ahead for the Lyons less than two minutes later after a shot off the stick of classmate Sophie Perekslis (Millerton, N.Y.) was saved by an outstanding kick-stop from Springfield keeper Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.). Despite the outstanding stop, the ball richocheted right back into play, allowing Rawson to get a handle on the ball and bank it back in for the 2-1 advantage.
The second half of action saw the homestanding Lyons push their advantage to two goals (3-1) less than three minutes into the stanza on a one-two play low in the goal mouth. Senior forward Kaitlin Braz(Tolland, Conn.) guided the ball in and chipped it up and around the reach of Drake.
Springfield pushed back, narrowing the gap to one (3-2) at the 42:51 mark on a solid play down the middle. Senior forward Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) earned the assist on the goal after she navigated the ball into the circle and fed a shot down low in front of the Lyons keeper. Classmate Paige Laperle (Auburn, Mass.) corralled the ball and made a quick right swing to jam it in past MHC goalie Morgan Turner (Chester, N.J.).
Despite the momentum, Springfield was unable to hold off the home team offense as the Lyons capitalized once again at the 53:47 mark when ophomore forward Anna Ballou (South Deerfield, Mass.) poked the ball between the legs of Drake for the 4-2 lead. The Pride tried to pull back into the contest, but were unable to get past the Lyons defense as a pair of Nusbaum shots over the final minutes went just wide.
Mount Holyoke owned a slight edge in shots for the game with a 16-15 margin, while also posting a 14-7 advantage in penalty corners. In goal, Turner earned the victory for MHC with six saves, while Rawson added two defensive stops and Keochakian had one. For Springfield, Drake shouldered the loss, posting six saves on the evening.
Springfield will play a non-conference game at home on Stagg Field on Thursday versus Bridgewater State at 5 pm.