South Hadley, Mass. - April 18, 2018 - Behind a career-best six points from freshman attacker Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.), the Springfield College women's lacrosse team defeated Mount Holyoke, 14-5, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Wednesday evening at the MHC Turf Field.
Springfield College, which has now won it's last five games, used an 8-1 margin in the second half to separate from the Lyons. The Pride is now 10-5 overall with a 5-1 record in the NEWMAC, while Mount Holyoke falls to 3-10 on the year with a 1-4 mark against league foes.
Backing Sarnacki's six-point effort was four goals from senior Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.), while Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), registered two goals, three assists and two ground balls. Corsano pulled down a game-high five draw controls, while Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.) had four with a team-best four ground balls. Goalkeeper Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) had five saves in her 10th win of the season, four of which came in the first half.
Mount Holyoke got on the board first, but the Pride answered with back-to-back goals from Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) and Kayla Schroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.), but the Lyons would find the back of the net once again with 21:23 to play, pulling even to make it two goals apiece.
From there, Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) buried a feed from Sarnacki, before Mahoney found the back of the net on an assist from Julia Bireley (Franklin, Mass.), making it 4-2, but two goals from Kaitlin Braz (Tolland, Conn.) pulled the Lyons even at four with 12:56 on the clock.
The Pride closed the half with tow more goals, including a Sarnacki marker at the 9:00 mark, before Corsano notched her first of the game with 1:50 on the clock, giving Springfield College a 6-4 lead at the break.
Halftime adjustments proved key for the Pride as the maroon and white went on a six-goal run over 7:00 to take a 12-4 lead with 13:13 to play. Corsano netted the first two just 54 seconds apart to give Springfield College a four-goal lead, before Sarnacki followed suit, scoring a pair of her own to push the Pride's lead to six.
From there, Mahoney and Nusbaum both found the back of the net to make it 12-4, before the Lyons stopped the run with a goal at the 12:05 mark of the second half.
Corsano scored her third of the half with 5:54 to play, before Bireley finished off Mount Holyoke with a goal, making it 14-15 with 2:31 to play.
Springfield College will now return home to Stagg Field on Saturday, April 21 where it will host Wellesley in NEWMAC action at 1 p.m.