Northampton, Mass. - April 15, 2015 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse program posted 15 goals in the opening half to lead the Pride to a 22-3 victory over Smith College on Wednesday evening.
With the win, Springfield, ranked No. 19 in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) National Rankings, improves to 12-2 overall on the season and 6-0 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). With the loss, the Pioneers fall to 3-11 in 2015 and 0-6 in league play.
The Pride was led by junior attack Bianca Raniolo (Yorktown, N.Y.), who registered six points including three goals and three assists, as well as Heather Raniolo (Yorktown, N.Y.), who added two goals and two assists in the win. Senior Michelle Dorsey (Wilbraham, Mass.) finished with three goals and an assist, while graduate student Kerstin Lindrooth (Bryn Athyn, Pa.) added a hat trick for the Pride. Sophomore Paige Campbell (Lakeville, Mass.), senior Emily Rodgers (Durham, N.H.) and first-year Kayla Schroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.) each scored two goals apiece. Freshman Kayla Shroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.) also contributed two assists in the win.
Sophomore Gabriella Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) stopped one first half shot over her 30 minutes between the pipes to record the win. Junior Carley Elkin (Guilford, Conn.) made one save in relief of Anderson.
For Smith, freshman goalkeeper Sarah Price (Hudson, Ohio) made five saves and took the loss, whil senior Jessica Lillquist (East Lyme, Conn.) scored twice and senior Petru Bester (Deep River, Conn.) finished with one goal for the Pioneers.
The Pride used a 9-0 spurt over the opening 11 minutes of the first half, including a pair each from Lindrooth and Heather Raniolo before freshman Gloria Rinkus (Plymouth, Mass.) scored with under three minutes in the first stanza to close out the first half scoring for the Pride, as Springfield took a 15-2 lead into the break.
Just as it did in the first half of play, Springfield dominated the second half, winning five of nine draw controls and outscoring Smith 7-1. Lindrooth found the back of the net just 1:31 into the stanza to push the Pride's lead to 14, before Bianca Raniolo and Colleen Keeley (Agawam, Mass.) netted back-to-back chances to make it 18-2, Springfield.
With a 19-3 lead after a tally from Bianca Raniolo, Springfield finished the contest with three-straight markers from Shroeher and a pair from Campbell to ice the victory for the Pride.
The Pride finished with a 30-10 edge in shots, a 17-10 advantage in draw controls, and won the ground ball battle 12-9. Both teams return to action on Saturday, as Springfield hosts Babson at 1 p.m., while Smith hosts Coast Guard at 4 p.m.