Springfield, Mass. - February 24, 2018 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team opened the 2018 campaign in impressive fashion, as the Pride cruised to a 17-1 win over Western New England at Golden Bear Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Pride has now won its last 14 season-opening contests dating back to 2004.
The Pride, which is now 1-0 on the year, owned a 13-7 advantage in draw controls, while the visitors also held a 36-10 shot advantage over 60 minutes of play. Springfield College picked up 35 ground balls to the Golden Bears' 24, while the Pride also forced Western New England to go 11-for-25 on clears.
Leading the Pride was a six-point effort from senior attacker Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.), who totaled three goals, three assists and a team-best four draw controls, while Kayla Schroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.) notched a pair of goals and added four helpers in the win. Additionally, Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) finished with four goals, one assists, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Making her first collegiate start, Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) finished with four saves on five Golden Bears' shots.
Western New England's Reilly Miller (Goshen, N.Y.) opened the game with a goal just 2:02 into the contest, but it was all Pride from there on out, as Schroeher set up Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) for a goal at the 24:05 mark, before Corsano struck twice within 2:10 to make it 3-1, Springfield College. Leading 6-1 following goals from Schroeher, Mahoney and Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.), the Pride pushed its lead to seven on late goals from Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) and Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) to take an 8-1 lead into the break.
Opening the second half, Nusbaum capitalized on a feed from Mahoney, before Mahoney found the back of the net with 25:05 to play, making it 10-1 Pride. From there, Corsano completed the hat trick with her third of the game, before goals from Mahoney, Schroeher and Steidler gave the Pride a 14-1 cushion with 13:08 to play. At the 9:41 mark, Mahoney found twine for the fourth time of the game, before Katie Campbell (Somers, N.Y.) notched her first-career goal with 5:21 to play, making it 16-1, Pride. With 2:44 to play, Katie Stallone (Seaford, N.Y.) converted a free-position chance to seal the 17-1 victory.
Springfield College will play its first home contest of the 2018 season on Wednesday, February 27, when the Pride welcomes Eastern Connecticut State University to Stagg Field at 4 p.m.