Northampton, Mass. - April 10, 2019 - Behind a career-best nine-point effort from sophomore attack Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.), the Springfield College women's lacrosse team defeated Smith College, 14-7, en route to its third-consecutive victory on Wednesday evening.
The Pride improved to 6-6 with the win, including a 2-2 mark in conference play, while Smith settles at 7-6 overall with a 1-4 mark against league opponents.
In net, Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) had nine saves, as the Pride owned a 30-19 advantage in shots, a 12-11 margin in draw controls and scooped up 18 ground balls compared to the Pioneers' 16.
Offensively, Sarnacki had nine points on four goals and five assists, while Taylor Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) had four goals, all in the first half. Defensively, Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.) had a team-high six draw controls, while Gabby Fogg (Wells, Maine) and Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) had four ground balls apiece.
Sophomore Katie Campbell (Somers, N.Y.) scored the first goal of the game as she converted a feed from Sarnacki just 2:41 into the contest to give the Pride a 1-0 lead, before Pichel added her first of the game on another feed from Sarnacki, making it 2-0, Springfield College, at the 25:36 mark of the first half. After Smith cut its deficit in half, Katie Martel (Granby, Conn.) helped the Pride push its lead back to a pair with a goal, before Pichel posted her second of the contest just 1:23 later to make it 4-1, Pride.
Smith struck once again to stay within a pair, but Sarnacki fired home an unassisted strike with 15:09 to play in the first half, giving Springfield College a three-goal lead. The maroon and white continued to pour it on as Pichel would convert back-to-back chances set up by Sarnacki, before Martel buried a free-position chance to make it 8-2 with 2:48 to play in the first half. Smith would find the back of the net with 11 seconds to play in the stanza to send the Pride into the locker room with a five-goal advantage.
Smith pulled to within four in the opening second of the second half, but Springfield College would respond with a pair of goals, including an unassisted tally from Sarnacki, followed by a goal from Holly Rivers (Danbury, Conn.) with 24:06 to play. Smith would score again to keep it within five, but the Pride answered once again, this time with a free-position goal from Fogg and Sarnacki's third of the game with 20:21 remaining.
From there, Smith would score consecutive goals at the 15:12 and 9:17 mark, before Sarnacki buried her fourth of the game with 5:52 left, setting up an insurance goal from Campbell at 2:55 to seal the victory.
Springfield College will resume NEWMAC play on Saturday, April 13 when the Pride returns to Stagg Field and will take on Wheaton (Mass.) at 1 p.m.
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