Babson Park, Mass. - May 5, 2018 - Behind a career-best five goals from senior midfielder Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), the Springfield College women's lacrosse team defeated MIT, 14-11, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Tournament Semifinals at Babson College's MacDowell Field on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Pride pushes its win streak to nine games and advances to its fourth-consecutive NEWMAC Championship game, where it will take on top-seeded Babson College at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. The Pride, which is now 14-5 on the year, held a 37-28 advantage in shots over 60 minutes of play, while also scooping up 16 ground balls compared to MIT's 12. The Pride also owned a 15-12 advantage on the draw in the victory.
Along with five goals from Mahoney, which were all in the first half, three student-athletes added two goals apiece including Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.), Kayla Schroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.) and Julia Bireley (Franklin, Mass.). Kane pulled in a game-high six draw controls in the win, while Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) had four of her own. Mahoney registered a game-high three ground balls. In the net for Springfield College, Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) was phenomenal as she posted 12 stops in her 14th win of the year.
Junior Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) scored the game's first goal as she saw an open lane and drove in for an unassisted strike just 2:21 into the contest, before the Engineers rattled of four-consecutive goals, including a pair from Cecilia McCormick (Islip, N.Y.), to take a 4-1 lead over the Pride at the 20:39 mark of the first half. Coming out of a timeout, Mahoney scored her first of the game just 23 seconds later, sparking a three-goal run for the Pride, as Kane and Corsano both found the back of the net to make it 4-4 with 18:07 on the clock.
After Emily Young (La Jolla, Calif.) scored with 16:59 to play in the first half, the Pride ended the frame on a six-goal run, as another unassisted goal from Mahoney made it 5-5, before Schroeher and Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) both found twine to make it 7-5 with 8:46 remaining. From there Mahoney scored a natural hat trick in a span of 5:23, as her third of the series came off of a feed from Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.) with 45 seconds on the clock gave the Pride a 10-5 lead at the break.
Springfield College pushed its advantage to eight with the first three goals of the second half, including markers from Bireley, Schroeher and Kane, before Young converted a free-position chance at the 25:44 mark to pull the Engineers back to within seven. After Bireley's second of the game with 21:33 to play, MIT went on a five-goal run to pull to within three, but Keefe came up with a big save with less than a minute to play, sealing the win for the Pride.
Photos courtesy of Chris Wraight.