Field Hockey Defeats Southern Maine, 2-0, in Season Opener

Field Hockey Defeats Southern Maine, 2-0, in Season Opener

Springfield, Mass. - September 3, 2016 - Behind a pair of three-point performances from junior forward Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) and freshman Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.), the Springfield College field hockey program cruised to a 2-0 win over Southern Maine to kick off its 2016 season on Saturday at Stagg Field.

With the win, Springfield is now 1-0 on the year, while the Huskies fall to 0-2 overall. The Pride held a significant advantage in shots, as the Pride posted 18 to Southern Maine's four, while Springfield also held a 12-2 advantage in penalty corners. 

In net, sophomore goalkeeper Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) picked up her first collegiate win, making two saves on the day, while for the Huskies, Amanda Kasbohm (York, Maine), made eight stops in the setback.

Springfield College opened the game's scoring just 12:22 into the contest, when Jamie Raccosta (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) fired a shot on cage, which was stopped by Kasbohm, but Conley collected the rebound, and put another chance on cage, which was tipped by Kennedy to make it 1-0, Springfield.

After back-and-forth play for much of the second half, Springfield College was provided insurance when Kennedy gained control of the ball inside the arch, and ripped a shot on cage, that was tipped by Conley past the outstretch pad of Kasbohm to make it 2-0, Pride, with 6:22 remaining.

The Pride was able to fend off a few late chances from Southern Maine, preserving the shutout for Drake.

Up next, Springfield College will return to Stagg Field on Sunday, September 4 for a 1 p.m. contest with Plymouth State.