New London, Conn. - March 9, 2016 - A career-high five goals from senior midfielder Heather Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) helped the Springfield College women's lacrosse program defeat Connecticut College, 17-2, on Art Turf on Silfen on Wednesday evening.
With the win, Springfield remains unbeaten with a mark of 4-0, while the Camels have now dropped both of their season-opening contests, and are now 0-2 on the year. Over the course of the game, the Pride owned a 24-12 advantage in ground balls, a 14-7 edge in draw controls, and posted 23 shots to the Camels' 12.
For Springfield, along with Raniolo's five goals, freshman Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) picked up her second hat trick in four games, registering three goals and one assist, while senior attack Bianca Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) posted a four-point effort, notching a goal and three assists. Sophomore attack Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) was major in the transition game, tallying a game-best 11 ground balls and six draw controls, while in net, junior goalkeeper Gabby Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) made eight stops in the victory.
For the Camels, Tina Balzotti (Duxbury, Mass.) and Erin Moran (Lincoln, N.H.) scored the lone goals of the game, while in net, Meg Raskin (Westwood, Mass.) stopped six of the 23 shots she faced in the contest.
The Pride got out to an early lead when sophomore Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) converted a free-position chance just 1:01 into the contest to get the Pride on the board. From there, Springfield received a strike from Corsano, sandwiched by a pair of goals from Heather Raniolo over 4:12 to take a 4-0 handle on the contest.
With 19:37 remaining in the opening half, sophomore Julia Bireley (Franklin, Mass.) extended the Pride's lead to five with a goal, before Goddard followed suit with 16:41 left to make it 6-0, Springfield. Connecticut College would finally get on the board with 13:04 left in the frame, when Balzotti buried an opportunity in front of the net to cut the Camels' deficit to five.
Springfield ended the half with back-to-back goals from Heather Raniolo and Goddard to take an 8-1 lead into the locker room.
Opening the second half, the Pride succeeded a goal to the Camels, before rattling off four goals, including two from Heather Raniolo, one from Bianca Raniolo and one from Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) over 8:25 to make it 12-2, Pride, midway through the stanza.
Springfield would receive goals from Goddard, two from Stephanie Hyslip (Hanson, Mass.), one from Steidler, and a free-position conversion from Paige Campbell (Lakeville, Mass.) to finish off the Camels, 17-2.
Up next, Springfield College will head south to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where it will play Denison on Monday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. and Stevenson on Wednesday, March 16 at 3 p.m.