Springfield, Mass. - October 25, 2017 - The Springfield College field hockey team closed its non-conference regular-season schedule with a convincing 8-1 win over Salem State University on Wednesday afternoon at Stagg Field.
With the win, the Pride improves to 12-6 on the year, marking the first time since 2009 that the Springfield College field hockey team has posted 12 wins. With the loss, Salem State is now 2-14 on the year. Springfield College held an 41-14 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, while it was also awarded nine penalty corners compared to the Vikings, which were only given seven.
In net for the Pride, Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) finished with five stops, while for Salem State, Gabriella Cerro (Beverly, Mass.) and Victoria Kako (Salem, Mass.) split halves and combined for 18 saves.
Springfield College got on the board first just 10:54 into the contest when Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) carried the ball up the middle before firing a shot past Cerro to make it 1-0, Pride. Just 1:09 later, Gabby Guerard (Derry, N.H.) found the back of the net as she picked up a rebound off of her own shot and converted her chance for her second goal of the season to make it 2-0, Springfield College, with 22:57 to play in the first half.
With 13:15 to play in the frame, Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) scored her team-leading 21st goal of the season as she took a pass from Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.) and blasted one past Cerro to make it 3-0, Springfield College, heading into the halftime break.
Senior midfielder Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and sophomore forward Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) opened the second half with back-to-back goals just 1:24 apart to make it 5-0, Pride, before Taylor Field (Eastham, Mass.) finished off a feed from Nusbaum to make it 6-0, Springfield College, with 30:11 to play.
The Pride continued to pour it on as Kennedy finished off a pass from Paige Laperle (Auburn, Mass.) in transition, before Kennedy returned the favor and set up Laperle for her first goal of the game with 24:26 left in the contest, making it 8-0, Springfield College.
Salem State finally got on the board with 2:07 to play as Marissa Penge (Liverpool, N.Y.) found the back of the net to cut the Vikings' deficit to seven.
Up next, Springfield College will return to Stagg Field on Saturday, October 28 when it will take on No. 14 MIT in its final regular-season contest of 2017.