Hartford, Conn. - March 3, 2015 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team fell in a hard fought battle with No. 9 Trinity College, 12-6, on Tuesday afternoon at Sheppard Field. The game was ended with 12:00 on the clock due to inclement weather in the Hartford area.
With the loss, the Pride fall to 2-1 on the season, while the Bantams even its record at 1-1 on the season after falling in its season opener to Colby College. Trinity, ranked No. 9 in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Weekly Rankings, finished with a 32-12 advantage in shots. Both sides picked up eight groundballs and the Bantams posted 13 draw controls to the Pride's eight.
For Springfield, senior midfielder Michelle Dorsey (Wilbraham, Mass.) continued her impressive season as she registered four points including three goals and an assist, while junior attack Bianca Raniolo (Yorktown, N.Y.), junior midfielder Kristina Krull (Leicester, Mass.) and junior midfielder Heather Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) also added markers on the afternoon. Junior midfielder Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y.) led with three caused turnovers.
Trinity's Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) registered a game-high five goals and one assist, while Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.) and Caroline Hayes (Exeter, N.H.) finished with three points each.
Sophomore goalkeeper Gabriella Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) notched a game-high 11 saves on 23 shots, while her counterparts, Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) and Zoe Ferguson (Ridgewood, N.J.) split time, as Ferguson finished with three saves on the afternoon, while Mooney finished with a pair of her own.
After Trinity registered the first two goals of the game from Simpson and Abby McQuillan (Medfield, Mass.), Bianca Raniolo got Springfield on the board after she took a pass from Dorsey and finished a point-blank opportunity to cut the Pride's deficit in half.
From there, Hayes pumped in a free-position chance with 17:15 remaining in the first half, before Dorsey converted a free-position chance of her own to keep the Bantams' lead at one. Trinity then rattled off five-straight goals, including a pair from Simpson, before Heather Raniolo found the back of the net to end the Bantams' run.
Holding an 8-3 lead, Griffin tallied a pair of goals in the final 1:41 of the opening stanza, before tacking on two more to open the second half, extending Trinity's lead to nine.
Down 12-3, Dorsey netted her second goal of the contest with 17:05 left in the contest after she finished off a feed from Colleen Keeley (Agawam, Mass.), before Krull cut the Pride's deficit to seven with a strike at the 13:05 mark of the second half.
Dorsey completed the hat trick with 12:40 remaining, just prior to the game being called due to inclment weather, as the Pride trailed 12-6. From here, the game was made final.
Up next, Springfield will play back-to-back contests, as it will host Connecticut College on Friday, March 6 at 3:30 before taking on Plymouth State on Stagg Field at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.