Springfield, Mass. - April 28, 2018 - Wrapping up the 2018 regular season, the Springfield College women's lacrosse team defeated Emerson, 23-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon at Rotch Field. Leading the Pride was freshman attacker Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.), who had a career-best seven points on five goals and two assists, while senior attacker Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) recorded six points on four goals and two assists.
With the win, the Pride, which was seventh in the NCAA Division III Regional Rankings last week, wrap up the regular season with an overall record of 13-5, as it has now won its last seven contests. Emerson concludes their season with a record 0-15 on the year and 0-8 in league play.
Springfield College owned a 32-7 shot advantage over 60 minutes of play, while also pulling down 18 draw controls compared to Emerson's eight. Springfield College also owned a 9-7 margin in ground balls.
Along with impressive days from Sarnacki and Corsano, Katie Stallone (Seaford, N.Y.) added four points on three goals and an assist, while Kayla Schroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.) finished with four points as well. Corsano had a team-best five draw controls, while Stephanie Hyslip (Hanson, Mass.) and Julia Bireley (Franklin, Mass.) had two ground balls apiece. In net, Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) finished with four saves.
Bireley opened the game's scoring with a free-position goal just 50 seconds into the contest, and was followed by back-to-back goals from Schroeher and Sarnacki to make it 3-0, Pride, just 4:31 into the game. After Schroeher's second of the game to make it 4-0, the Pride received scoring from Corsano, Bireley, and consecutive strikes from Sarnacki to take an 8-0 lead with 21:33 to play in the first.
With 19:16 on the clock, Corsano picked up her second of the game, before Schroeher canned a free-position chance to make it 10-0. From there, Corsano, Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) and Sarnacki all scored to push the Pride's lead to 13, before Corsano converted a feed from Hyslip with 4:58 to play, sending the Pride into the break with a 14-0 advantage.
Springfield College continued to pour it on in the second half as Sarnacki scored her fifth of the game just 2:14 into the second half, sparking another run for the Pride, which consisted of goals from Bireley and Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), before Stallone made it 18-0 with 17:26 to play. Bianca Dos Santos (Danbury, Conn.) found the back of the net with 14:50 on the clock, and was followed by two more from Stallone and one from Gabby Fogg (Kennebunk, Maine), before scoring once again with 5:12 to play to wrap up the game's scoring.
The Pride will now focus on the NEWMAC Championship Tournament this upcoming week.