Springfield, Mass. - April 4, 2018 - Senior Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) registered six points and Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) followed suit with five of her own as the Springfield College women's lacrosse team defeated Westfield State, 17-13, in non-conference play at Alumni Statdium on Wednesday night.
With the win, the Pride is now 6-5 overall, while Westfield State suffers its first loss of the season, dropping to 8-1 on the year. Springfield College owned a 37-35 advantage in shots over 60 minutes of play, while also picking up 17 ground balls to the Owls' 14. The Pride also held a 20-12 margin in draw controls.
Corsano finished with six points on five goals and an assist, while Goddard tied her career high with five points including a goal and four assists. Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.) and Kayla Schroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.) also registered four goals apiece. Sophomore goalkeeper Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) finished with a career-best 17 saves for the Pride, while Corsano secured eight draw controls, followed by four Kane.
Corsano's five goals on Wednesday night pushed her career total to 159, which tied the Springfield College women's lacrosse program record for goals in a career, originally set by Holly Carmody, who played for the Pride from 2003-2006.
Springfield College opened the game on a 4-0 run including a pair of goals from Schroeher and one apiece from Corsano and Goddard, before Lucy Barrett (Williamstown, Mass.) ended the run when she converted a free-position shot at the 16:37 mark of the first half.
From there, Corsano and Kane scored consecutive goals, before the Owls responded with a five-goal run to make it 6-5, Pride, with 7:55 to play in the frame. From there, Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) found the back of the net, before the senior and Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) converted late, giving the Pride a 9-6 lead at the break.
Following goals from Schroeher and Kane to open the second half, the Pride went on a four-goal spurt, including two more from Corsano and one apiece from Schroeher and Kane to give the Pride a 15-8 lead with 13:40 to play. Following back-to-back goals from Kane and Corsano to make it 17-9, the Owls finished the game with four unanswered goals to close out the 17-13 result.
Springfield College will return to action on Saturday, February 7, when the Pride will travel to New London, Conn. for a 12 p.m. contest with Coast Guard.
Photo courtesy of James Bazzano.