Springfield, Mass. - March 24, 2018 - Led by a game-high six points from senior attacker Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) and three goals apiece from seniors Kayla Schroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.) and Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.), the Springfield College women's lacrosse team defeated MIT, 15-8, in the Pride's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.
With the win, the Pride is now 5-3 overall and 1-0 in league play, while the Engineers fall to 1-4 on the year with an 0-1 mark against conference opponents. On a day when Springfield College celebrated 40 years of women's lacrosse at the institution, head coach Kristen Mullady earned her 100th win at Springfield College and became the all-time winningest coach in program history. Springfield owned a 32-17 advantage in shots over 60 minutes of play, while the Pride also scooped up 21 ground balls and secured 13 draw controls in the victory. In net, sophomore goalkeeper Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) notched seven saves, while her counterpart, Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) finished with 11 stops in the setback.
Along with impressive offensive performances from Corsano, Steidler and Schroeher, freshman Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.) added three points on two goals and an assist, while Julia Bireley (Franklin, Mass.) and Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) added one goal apiece. Defensively, junior Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.) caused four turnovers, while Nusbaum picked up five ground balls in the win. Corsano led the Pride with five draw controls.
MIT was fueled by four points from Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.), while Jack Simmons (Houston, Texas) picked up a team-best five ground balls, and Katie Notarangelo (Foxboro, Mass.) secured five draw controls while also adding a pair of goals for the Engineers.
Springfield College struck first just 5:07 into the game when Schroeher picked up the ball in the Pride's defensive end and went coast-to-coast before finishing in transition to give the hosts an early 1-0 advantage. After Notarangelo evened the score at the 22:52 mark, Corsano struck with an unassisted marker, giving Springfield a 2-1 lead with 22:03 to play in the first.
Young found the back of the net to keep the Engineers on pace, but Springfield College received back-to-back goals from Steidler just 2:58 apart to make it 4-2. Ashley Masucci (Windham, N.H.) tipped a pass into the back of the net, making it 4-3 with 13:22 on the clock. From there, Sarnacki and Steidler scored consecutive goals for the Pride to give Springfield a 7-3 advantage, before Young ended the half with a goal in transition, sending the Pride into the locker room up 7-4.
Corsano opened the second half with her second goal of the day just 3:31 into the period, before Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.) kept the Engineers within three on an unassisted strike at the 24:31 mark. From there, Schroeher and Sarnacki scored consecutive goals, pushing the Pride's lead to five, but Young would find McCormick in transition to cut the Engineers' deficit back to four with 19:23 to play.
Corsano would score her third goal of the game with 18:24 on the clock to give the Pride a comfortable 11-6 advantage, but the Engineers responded once again when Eveline Mayner (Santa Barbara, Calif.) forced a turnover before Young picked up the ground ball and beat Keefe in transition to make it 11-7, Pride, with 16:30 to play. Springfield College would score the next four goals including a pair from Corsano just 2:43 apart to take a 15-7 lead, before Notarangelo capped the game with a free-position goal.
Up next, Springfield College will return to Stagg Field on Tuesday, March 27 for a 6:30 p.m. contest with No. 4 Trinity College.