Lewiston, Maine - May 14, 2016 - For the second time in program history, the Springfield College women's lacrosse team picked up a victory in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, as the Pride defeated Bridgewater State, 8-7, at Garcelon Field on the campus of Bates College on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Springfield College, which is playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013, ties its program record for wins in a single season and improves to 15-5 on the year. With the loss, the Bears' season comes to a close at 12-6. The Pride's first-ever NCAA Tournament win came in 2002 when it defeated Western New England, 15-7.
Springfield will advance to play No. 9 Bates College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, May 15 at 1 p.m.
The Pride was led to victory by a five-goal performance from sophomore attack Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.), who with the five goals, broke the women's lacrosse program's single-season scoring record of 53 goals, and has now posted 54 goals during her sophomore campaign. The record was set last season by senior midfielder Michelle Dorsey '15, who posted 53 goals in 2015.
In between the pipes, junior goalkeeper Gabby Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) registered seven saves, while sophomore Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) notched a game-high four ground balls. The Pride held a 27-19 advantage in shots over 60 minutes of play, including a 17-7 margin in the first half, while also picking up 19 ground balls to the Bears' 10 in the win.
Springfield got the scoring started just 33 seconds into the contest when Corsano found the back of the net, before the sophomore added her second of the day just 1:28 later when she took a feed from Stephanie Hyslip (Hanson, Mass.) and converted to make it 2-0, Pride, just 2:01 into the game.
After a Bridgewater State goal cut the Pride's lead in half, Springfield rattled off back-to-back goals from Heather Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and Kristina Krull (Leicester, Mass.) to make it 4-1, Pride, with 22:48 left in the first half.
Bridgewater would keep within two goals when Melissa Renauld (Framingham, Mass.) found the back of the net, but Corsano's third and fourth marker of the contest over 1:54 made it 6-2, before Krull notched her second of the day to push Springfield's lead to five before the halftime break.
The Bears opened the second half with two goals to keep it within three, before Corsano caught a ball in transition, and finished a point-blank chance to net her fifth of the game, and break the Pride's single-season scoring record.
Bridgewater State kept within a pair with two more goals, one from Renauld with 10:37 left and another by Lauren Geary (Hull, Mass.), with 6:29 left to make it 8-6, before Rebecca McGlone (Salem, Conn.) made it a one-goal game with 5:44 to play.
Despite a late flurry from the Bears, the Pride was able to retain possession for the final three minutes of the contest, and escape with the 8-7 win.