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Women's Lacrosse Advances Past Emerson in NEWMAC Quarterfinals, 14-9

Springfield, Mass. - April 30, 2016 - Behind six points from senior midfielder Heather Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), the Springfield College women's lacrosse team defeated Emerson, 14-9, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.

Springfield, which is the No. 3 seed in the tournament, improved to 12-5 on the year, and will advance to play No. 2-seeded Wheaton College at Babson on Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m. With the loss, Emerson closes its 2016 season with a record of 9-8.

The Pride held a 25-23 advantage in shots over 60 minutes of play, while the Pride scooped up 12 ground balls to Emerson's eight. Both sides grabbed 11 draw controls in the contest, while Springfield cleared 16-for-18 on the day and was 5-for-7 on free-position chances.

Along with Heather Raniolo's six points, Springfield had eight other goal scorers, as Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) also strung together a hat trick, while Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) continued her dominant play with two goals and one assist. In net, junior goalkeeper Gabby Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) made 10 stops in the win.

For Emerson, Meredith Weber (West Caldwell, N.J.) scored a team-best three goals, while in between the pipes, Kristina Modica (East Moriches, N.Y.) made six saves, before Victoria Kanaris (Haworth, N.J.) came on in relief and notched three stops in the loss.

Springfield struck just 2:01 into the contest, when Stephanie Hyslip (Hanson, Mass.) curled around from "x" and dished a pass to a cutting Mahoney, who found the back of the net to make it 1-0, Pride, before Bianca Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) scored her first of the game to push Springfield's lead to a pair just 2:25 later.

After Emerson cut its deficit in half with a goal from Weber, a free-position conversion from Heather Raniolo helped Springfield regain its two-goal lead with 18:51 to play in the first half. The Pride would extend its lead to three with 10:07 left in the stanza, following a timeout, Julia Bireley (Franklin, Mass.) tucked a free-position shot past Modica to make it 4-1, Pride.

After a yellow card from Kate Lemire (Scituate, Mass.), Springfield took advantage of the opportunity as Heather Raniolo found a cutting Steidler in the crease for her first of the game, thus giving the Pride a 5-1 lead with 7:03 left in the first.

The Lions would keep it a three-goal game with 4:21 remaining in the opening half, when Tara Windsor (Palm City, Fla.) buried a free-position chance, but the Pride would quickly answer when Heather Raniolo found an open Kristina Krull (Leicester, Mass.) on the wing, who bounced a shot past Modica to make it 6-2, Springfield, with 1:10 to play in the half.

Emerson's Emily Quinn (Dartmouth, Mass.) would find the back of the net with 33 seconds left to make it 6-3, Springfield, heading into the break.

The Lions would cut its deficit to a pair just 42 seconds into the second half when Lemire buried a feed from Tayllar Righini (Salem, N.H.) and found the back of the net, but with 23:33 left to play, Heather Raniolo curled around from behind the cage, beat her defender, and stuck the bottom right hand corner of the net with a shot that made it 7-4, Springfield.

From there, Bianca Raniolo set up a pair of goals from Mahoney and Steidler to make it 9-4, before Emerson answered with a goal from Righini, but a tally from MK Jaeger (Plymouth, Mass.) in transition made it 10-5, Springfield, with 14:53 to play.

With 12:53 remaining in the game, Heather Raniolo completed her hat trick when she tucked a free-position chance to make it 11-5, Pride, but Lemire would keep it a five-goal game with a free-position goal of her own with 8:56 to play.

Just 30 seconds later, Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) scored high-to-high on a free-position chance, before Lemire answered with her second of the game to make it 12-7, with 5:13 left in the game.

Katie Stallone (Seaford, N.Y.) would take a pass from Steidler in transition and pump a shot past Kanaris to make it 13-7, Pride, before the two sides traded goals to finish the contest, giving the Pride a 14-9 win.