Springfield, Mass. - February 28, 2019 - Ten different student-athletes scored at least one goal as the Springfield College women's lacrosse team cruised to its third-consecutive win to start the season, defeating Eastern Connecticut State University, 19-8, at Stagg Field on Thursday afternoon.
With the win, the Pride is now 3-0 overall, while the Warriors fall to 0-2 to being the 2019 campaign. Springfield College produced 41 shots compared to Eastern Connecticut's 14, as the maroon and white also hauled in 20 draw controls to the Warriors' seven. The Pride also owned the ground-ball battle, picking up 14 to Eastern Connecticut's 10.
In net, Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) earned her third win of the season as she made just three saves, while Abby Koehler (New Durham, N.H.) came on to play the final 11:16. For the Warriors, Jessica Purick (Riverhead, N.Y.) got the nod and made five stops, while Sarah Farag (Holmdel, N.J.) came on in relief and posted seven saves in the loss.
Springfield College had four-point performances from Katie Campbell (Somers, N.Y.) and Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.), as they each recorded three goals and added one assist, while Hannah Calabrese (Enfield, Conn.) and Taylor Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) also had three goals apiece. Defensively, Katie Martel (Granby, Conn.) had two caused turnovers and three ground balls, while Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.) picked up 11 draw controls.
For the Warriors, Madison Renaud (Somers, Conn.) had three goals, while Tristan Kijak (Windsor, Conn.) and Sydney Hogan (Northford, Conn.) had two markers apiece.
Springfield College scored the first three goals of the game as Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) found Nusbaum open in front for an easy finish just 2:28 into the contest, before the senior scored on a free-position chance just 27 seconds later. With 25:32 to play in the first half, Calabrese would score her first of the game, but Renaud answered with a catch-and-finish goal off of a nice end line play from Stacey Brodeur (East Lyme, Conn.), making it 3-1, Pride, at the 22:02 mark.
From there, the maroon and white would rattle off three more, as Calabrese buried a feed from Goddard for her second of the game, Pichel scored on a free-position chance and Nusbaum picked up an unassisted strike to push the Pride's lead to five, making it 6-1 with 17:08 on the clock. After the Warriors brought it back to within four on a goal from Renaud, Martel found the back of the net, followed by goals from Pichel and Gabby Fogg (Wells, Maine) to give the hosts an 8-2 lead with 7:31 to play in the first half. From there, Eastern Connecticut would score with 4:49 to play, before Campbell finished an assist from Rachael Curtis (East Falmouth, Mass.) and then had an unassisted goal to send the Pride into the locker room with an 11-3 lead.
Pichel and Martel opened the second half's scoring with unassisted tallies to make it 13-3, but Eastern Connecticut would counter with two of its own goals to keep the deficit at eight with 19:49 remaining. From there, Camryn Field (Walpole, Mass.) scored on a free-position chance, before the Pride went on a four-goal run to open an 18-6 lead. During the run, the maroon and white received scoring from Campbell, Calabrese, Kane and Katie Stallone (Seaford, N.Y.).
Freshman Marena DeSimone (Wallingford, Conn.) would finish the day's scoring for Springfield College with 3:05 remaining, as she buried a free-position chance to seal the 19-8 win.
Up next, Springfield College will travel to No. 6 Amherst on Wednesday, March 6 for a 4:30 p.m. contest with the Mammoths.
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