Springfield, Mass. - February 28, 2018 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team improved to 2-0 on the year as the Pride cruised to a 20-3 win over Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday afternoon at Stagg Field. Eastern Connecticut is now 0-2 with the setback.
Springfield College held a 30-8 shot advantage over 60 minutes of play, while also winning the ground-ball battle, 25-17. The Pride also collected 16 draw controls to the Warriors' nine, while Springfield College forced Eastern Connecticut to turn the ball over 27 times, and held the Warriors to just a 13-for-21 effort on the clear. In net for the Pride, Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) recorded five stops, all in the second half, while the Warriors' combination of Jessica Purick (Riverhead, N.Y.), Sarah Farag (Holmdel, N.J.) and Olivia Donahue (Avon, Conn.) totaled for five saves in the setback.
Senior attacker Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) recorded a career-high eight points as she notched four goals and added four assists, while Kayla Schroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.) also tallied four goals in the victory. Additionally, senior midfielder Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was impressive all over the field as she finished with a pair of goals, seven draw controls, five ground balls and five caused turnovers in the win.
It took just 2:17 for the Pride to get on the board as Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) found the back of the net unassisted, before Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) and Katie Campbell (Somers, N.Y.) scored back-to-back goals just 52 seconds apart to give the Pride an early 3-0 lead. From there, Corsano scored on three-consecutive free-position shots in a span of 3:02 to push Springfield College's lead to six, before Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) hauled in a pass from Goddard and found the back of the net to make it 7-0 at the 15:36 mark of the first half.
After Eastern Connecticut's Maggie Bodington (Stratford, Conn.) scored with 14:46 to play to make it 7-1, the Pride went back to work, as Schroeher, Steidler and Nusbaum each scored to make it 10-1 with 12:52 on the clock, before Campbell, followed by a pair of goals from Schroeher gave Springfield College a 13-1 lead at the break.
Coming out of halftime, Corsano added her fourth of the game just 1:08 into the period, before Goddard and Mahoney buried their chances, making it 16-1, Pride, with 23:37 to play. Bodington found the back of the net again, but Schroeher answered with her fourth of the game, making it 17-2 with 20:23 on the clock. From there, the Warriors' Katie Burke (South Windsor,Conn.) scored on a free-position chance, but the Pride would close out the game with goals from Steidler, Nusbaum and Mahoney to seal the 17-goal victory.
Next, the Pride will return to Stagg Field on Sunday, March 4 when Springfield College will host No. 4 Middlebury College at 1 p.m.