Springfield, Mass. - September 8, 2018 - The Springfield College field hockey team dropped its first contest of the season to Keene State, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon on Stagg Field. The Owls netted a pair of goals in the opening five minutes and never looked back en route to the non-conference win.
The Pride's record dropped to 3-1 with the setback, while Keene St. improved to 3-0. The Owls took advantage of three early penalty corners, converting two of them into goals. Springfield's Gwen Smith (Westfield Mass.) was especially impressive in her first-ever apperance for the Pride, making eight saves on 10 shots in 35 minutes of play.
Keene St. broke through with the opening goal of the contest just 1:52 into the game as they took advantage of their first penalty corner of the afternoon when Ally McCall's bid was deflected into the back of the net by Kayla Klein for the game's first marker.
Nina Bruno added to the offense for the Owls by blistering a shot from 10 yards out at the 4:29 mark before Klein later got an open look at the cage at the 27:36 mark and tucked a shot into the back of the cage to make it a 3-0 game at the half.
Keene State made it a 4-0 contest when Klein completed her hat trick just over four minutes into the second half. Springfield's found offense late in the game when Holly Rivers (Danbury, Conn.) had an open look on a rebound and drove home the hosts first goal at 58:19, only to have the Owls respond 2:01 later on another strike from Bruno. With just moments left in the contest at the 69 minute mark, Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.) found the back of the net to finalize the score at 5-2 in favor of the Owls.
Springfield did have a 20-18 edge in shots in the contest, while Keene State held a slight 10-9 advantage in penalty corners.
The Pride will return to Stagg Field on Saturday, Sept. 18th, when it hosts Husson at 11 am.
Photo by John Inkel