Springfield, Mass. - October 20, 2018 - In its final home game of the regular season, the Springfield College field hockey team bested Wheaton College, 10-2, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.
Springfield has won won its last four games, outscoring opponents 27-4, and stands at 11-5, 5-2 in NEWMAC play. The Lyons dropped to 5-9, 1-6.
The Pride had six different players score goals in the win, including a hat trick from Kyra Ashe (Longmeadow, Mass). Addtionally, Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) tied her single-game record for assists with four, while also tacking on a pair of goals.
After a slow start through the first 20-plus minutes of play, Springfield broke into the scoring column when Ashe buried a shot home along the goalline after a feed from Taylor Conley (Yarmouthport, Mass.) at the 23:45 mark. Just two minutes later out of a timeout, Ashe tucked another shot in the back of the net after a great pass from Nusbaum.
Wheaton would answer back with a breakaway goal scored by Hannah Arkin (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), but the Pride would respond when Taylor Low (Longmeadow, Mass.) sent a corner in to Conley, who found Low back in front of the net for the Pride's third and final score of the half. Springfield led Wheaton 12-1 in shots in the first half.
The second half was an offensive explosion for the Pride as it netted seven goals on just 16 shots. Holly Rivers (Danbury, Conn.) opened up the second half scoring as she found the back of the net after corralling a pass from Nusbaum at the 37:06 mark. The Nusbaum-Conley duo struck again at the 39:09 mark as Nusbaum sent a pass to the far side of the field and Conley hammered home a shot from eight yards out.
The Lyons would try to make a late-game push when Michelle Connolly (Stoughton, Mass.) scored with 23 minutes left in the contest. However, Nusbaum quickly responded with a shot that found its way to the bottom left corner of the net to push the score to 6-2 Springfield. Nusbaum and Ashe would each score again at 58:24 and 61:59 to increase the Pride's lead to 8-2, and the Pride's Ashley Frank (Somerset, Mass.) would score twice in the final two minutes of teh game to finalize Springfield's 10-2 victory.
The Pride held a 28-4 shot lead for the game as well as amassing 14 of the game's 15 penalty corners.
Springfield will travel to Salem State University on Tuesday, Oct. 23, to take on the Vikings in non-conference action at 7:00 PM.