Cambridge, Mass. - October 28, 2018 - Springfield College's Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) delivered what would prove to be the game-winning goal with just over 10 minutes left in regulation to lift the visiting Pride to a 3-2 victory over MIT at Jack Barry Field on Sunday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.
With the win, Springfield improved to 12-5, 6-2 in conference play and secured the No. 2 seed in the upcoming conference championship. The Pride will host a NEWMAC Championship Semifinal on Thursday against the winner of the Smith/Mount Holyoke quarterfinal. It marks Springfield's highest seed in the conference championship since the 2008 campaign when it was the top seed. The Engineers dropped to 9-7, 4-4 with the setback and will be the fifth seed in the championship.
MIT jumped on the board just over 15 minutes into the game on the third goal of the season by sophomore Jennah Haque (Bethesda, Md.). Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) started the rush by bringing the ball up the near sideline and Haque eventually scored on the play as she was knocked to the turf for the 1-0 lead.
Springfield answered back just 2:23 later as Holly Rivers (Danbury, Conn.) put home a rebound off a penalty corner to tie the game at 1-1. The Pride took their first lead of the afternoon with 21:41 gone in the first on an unassisted blast from just inside the circle by Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) for her 20th goal of the year.
MIT's Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) tied the game up again in the opening minutes of the second half with her 14th goal of the year.
With 26:49 left, Springfield's Taylor Low (Longmeadow, Mass.) was awarded a penalty stroke that was stopped by MIT goalie Grace Moore (Boston, Mass.). MIT nearly took the lead again on a pair of Haque shots with just under 12 minutes remaining, but Springfield netminder Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) made two fantastic saves to keep the game tied.
Moments later, Nusbaum put together an incredible individual effort, as she weaved her way through the Engineers defense and manufactured an unassisted strike which gave the Pride the 3-2 advantage with 10:38 remaining.
Both goalies were outstanding as Drake made 15 saves and Moore turned aside nine Springfield shots. MIT owned a 14-4 advantage in penalty corners, including 11-1 in the second half. Overall, MIT outshot the Pride by a 30-17 margin.
Photo by John Inkel