Orlando, Fla. - March 15, 2015 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse program opened up its annual Spring Break trip to Florida with an 11-6 win over SUNY Oswego on Sunday morning at Disney's Wide World of Sports.
With the victory, the Pride move to 5-2 on the season, while the Lakers fall to 2-3 overall in 2015. Springfield was led by a combination of junior Bianca Raniolo (Yorktown, N.Y.), who tallied five points including three goals and a pair of assists, and senior Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y.), who registered four assists on the afternoon.
Cabral, who came into the season ranked No. 2 in the nation in assists with 17, upped her total to 21, moving ahead of Carlee Joseph of Meredith College, who currently has 20 assists on the year. Along with Raniolo and Cabral, Springfield also received a three-goal performance from senior Michelle Dorsey (Wilbraham, Mass.).
Sophomore Gabriella Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) and senior Carley Elkin (Guilford, Conn.) split time in the net, as Anderson finished with a team-high six saves, while Elkin came on in relief and posted three saves of her own. Their counterpart, Angela Ponto (Syracuse, N.Y.) notched an 11-save performance in the defeat. Springfield also held a 25-20 advantage in shots, while posting 23 ground balls to the Lakers' 13.
Oswego opened the game's scoring just 7:45 into the contest when Erranan Shattuck (Syracuse, N.Y.) found Kelsey Henderson (Cazenovia, N.Y.) to give the Lakers a 1-0 lead, before Cabral found Raniolo for a pair of goals just 1:39 apart from one another to give the Pride a 2-1 lead with 12:58 remaining in the opening half.
Springfield then tacked on two more goals, the first coming from freshman Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.), who buried a feed from Raniolo to extend the Pride's lead to two, before Dorsey notched her first marker of the contest with 10:45 left in the stanza to make it 4-1, Springfield.
With 8:40 left in the first half, Gemma O'Kane (Memphis, N.Y.) cut Oswego's deficit in half when she finished off a pass from Shattuck, before Emily Lange (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) made it a one-point game with a goal just 41 seconds later.
Opening the second half, it only took 1:02 for the Pride to score, as Dorsey registered her second goal of the game, before Springfield took a three-goal led just 57 seconds later, when Cabral found Raniolo for the third time to make it 6-3, Springfield.
After Lange tacked on her second goal of the afternoon, junior Kristina Krull (Leicester, Mass.) gave the Pride a 7-4 lead with 18:36 left, before Henderson and Lindsey Eggers (Ridge, N.Y.) made it a one-point game with 15:14 on the clock benefiting from back-to-back goals.
Springfield then ended the contest with four-straight goals to pull away from the Lakers, including Dorsey's third goal of the contest, followed by a goal from Kerstin Lindrooth (Byrn Athyn, Pa.) with 8:36 left, before Heather Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and Paige Campbell (Lakeville, Mass.) solidified the victory with goals in the final minutes of the contest.
Up next, the Pride will be taking on Keene State on Tuesday, March 17 at 11 a.m. at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla.