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Field Hockey Powers Past Bridgewater State, 5-1, As Nusbaum Sets Single-Season Assist Record

Field Hockey Powers Past Bridgewater State, 5-1, As Nusbaum Sets Single-Season Assist Record

Bridgewater, Mass. - October 11, 2018 - The Springfield College field hockey team poured in five-goals in the first half to power its way to a 5-1 win at Bridgewater State in a non-conference tilt on Thursday night.

With two assists in the victory, Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) set the program's single-season assist mark, that was previously held by Sue Bennett when she registered 15 in 1986.  Currently, Nusbaum has 17 assists, which is the most of any field hockey player at the NCAA Division I, II, or III level.

The Pride improve to 8-5 on the season, while the host Bears fall to 6-7.

Freshman forward Kyra Ashe (Longmeadow, Mass.) netted a pair of goals to lead the way for Springfield, while classmate Holly Rivers (Danbury, Conn.) added a goal and an assist.

Ashe opened the scoring in the seventh minute and added her second of the night and 11th goal ff the season in the 19th minute to stake the Pride to a 2-0 lead as Nusbaum was credited with assists on each tally.

Sophomore midfielder Taylor Low (Longmeadow, Mass.) buried an unassisted tally in the 20th minute to make it a 3-0 game.

Junior forward Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.) notched a strike off an assist from Rivers in the  27th minute. Rivers closed out the first-half scoring in the 29th minute as she converted a pass from senior forward Emily Knobel (North Attleboro, Mass.).

BSU sophomore forward Emma Daly (Foxborough, Mass.) scored off the rebound of a Annabelle Boudreau (Halifax, Mass.) shot to break up the shutout bid in the 50thminute.

Senior Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) made six saves to record the win between the pipes for the Pride.  Springfield finished with a 27-11 shot advantage as well as a 9-5 edge in penalty corner attempts.  Junior Jillian Delaney (Foxborough, Mass.) and senior Allison Chappell (Raynham, Mass.) split the game in goal for Bridgewater State. Delaney played the first half and turned aside six shots, while Chappell made seven saves in 35 minutes of shutout action.

Springfield will play for the third time this week on Saturday when it travels to face Wellesley in a critical New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference contest starting at 1 pm.

Photo by John Inkel