Claremont, Calif. - March 14, 2018 - Competing for the second time in California as part of its Spring Break trip, the Springfield College women's lacrosse team fell to nationally-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 12-8, on Wednesday evening at Zinda Field.
With the loss, the Pride is now 4-2 overall, as Springfield College's two setbacks have come to opponents that were ranked in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III national rankings. With the win, the Athenas, which were No. 22 in the nation this week, improve to 7-1.
Senior attacker Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) finished with three goals for the Pride, while Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) had two goals in the setback. Also scoring for Springfield College was Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.), Stephanie Hyslip (Hanson, Mass.) and Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.) Defensively, Kane led with a team-high four caused turnovers, while Corsano and Nusbaum had five draw controls apiece. Junior defender Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.) and Abby Wylie (Ellington, Conn.) each scooped up four ground balls.
The Athenas got on the board just 1:25 into the contest when Sally Abel (Piedmont, Calif.) finished a free-position chance, before Corsano and Steidler scored just 6:06 apart to take a 2-1 advantage. After Claremont-Mudd-Scripps evened the score at two apiece on a free-position chance from Emily Cohen (Seattle, Wash.) at the 14:41 mark, the Athenas took a 4-2 lead on a pair from Blaire Southmayd (Alamo, Calif.) and Abel, before Corsano stopped the run with her second of the game, making it 4-3 with 3:30 to play in the stanza. From there, the Athenas would strike once more, but Kane would cut the Pride's deficit to one with 36 seconds on the clock, forcing a score of 5-4 at the break.
Springfield College opened up the second half with a pair of goals from Hyslip and Steidler to take a 6-5 lead before Claremont-Mudd-Scripps went on a three-goal run, including two from Corie Hack (Manorville, N.Y.) to take a 8-6 lead, but once again, Corsano stopped the run with a free-position goal at the 17:43 mark. Hack would notch her third of the second half with 16:43 to play, before the Athenas took a 10-7 lead, which was halted by a free-position goal from Nusbaum at the 11:23 mark. The hosts would score the final two goals with under 11 minutes to play to seal the four-goal win.
Springfield College will now make the trek back east to Massachusetts and will return to action on Tuesday, March 20 when it hosts No. 14 Amherst College at 6 p.m. on Stagg Field.