Springfield, Mass. - February 27, 2016 - Erasing an early five-goal deficit, the Springfield College women's lacrosse program came back to defeat cross-town rival Western New England, 9-6, on Saturday afternoon at Golden Bear Stadium.
With the win, Springfield has now won 17 of its last 20 games, and improves to 2-0 overall on the season. With the loss, Western New England drops its season-opener and is now 0-1 on the season. For the second-straight game, the Pride dominated the possession game, holding a 12-5 edge over the Golden Bears on draw controls, as the visitors also picked up 34 ground balls to Western New England's 21. Additionally, Springfield held a 29-22 advantage in shots in the victory.
For the Pride, sophomore Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) led the way with a team-high four points, including two goals and two assists, while classmate Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) tallied two goals, a helper, and five ground balls in the win. In net, sophomore Gabriella Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) notched seven saves in her second win of the season. Sophomore Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) also put together an impressive performance for the Pride, producing a pair of goals, six ground balls, two caused turnovers and one draw control in the win.
For Western New England, Brooke Kumnick (Granby, Conn.) registered four points including three goals and one assist, while Taylor Scialdone (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) followed with three points, including two goals and an assist. In net, Shannon McFadden (West Islip, N.Y.) stopped 10 of the 19 shots she faced over 60 minutes of play.
Western New England scored the first five goals of the game, including two goals apiece from Kumnick and Scialdone, before Mahoney found the back of the net with 13:24 remaining in the first half to break Springfield's drought. Following the sophomore's strike, the Pride rattled off three more goals to end the first, including strikes from Corsano, Steidler, and finishing with another tally from Mahoney with 1:38 in the stanza to go into the break down one.
Just 6:03 into the second half, Steidler took a feed from Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) and fired a shot past McFadden to even the game at five apiece, sending Springfield on a three-goal tear over the next 6:22, as Corsano picked up her second of the game, followed by a strike from Kristina Krull (Leicester, Mass.) and a goal from Goddard to make it 8-5, Springfield, with 17:35 to play.
Following a goal from Kumnick to make it a two-goal game, Bianca Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) finished off the Golden Bears when she took a pass from Corsano and found twine to make it 9-5, Springfield, with 2:46 left.
Up next, Springfield will return to Stagg Field on Saturday, March 5 when it will host Plymouth State at 2 p.m.