Springfield, Mass. - September 4, 2016 - A five-point performance from junior forward Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) helped the Springfield College field hockey team to a 4-2 win over Plymouth State on Sunday afternoon at Stagg Field.
With the win, the Pride is off to a 2-0 start, while the Panthers, which were playing their first game of the 2016 season, fall to 0-1 overall.
Despite only mustering two shots in the first half, the Pride outshot Plymouth State 10-6 in the second frame, while the Panthers had nine penalty corneres to Springfield's five. In net, sophomore goalkeeper Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) recorded her second win of the season, making eight saves on the day, while her counterpart, Dom Tarr (Antrim, N.H.) posted two saves in the loss.
Springfield College got on the board first when sophomore midfielder Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) gained possession of the ball on the edge of the arch, and let go a shot that found its way through the Panthers' defense and into the back of the cage to make it 1-0, Pride, with 16:10 to play in the first half.
Plymouth State would even the score just 8:01 later when Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.) dribbled a ball along the goal line, before firing it on Drake, who made the initial save, but the rebound trickled across the line to make it 1-1 with 8:09 to play in the half.
Coming out of the break, Springfield College regained its one-goal lead when Kennedy controlled the ball along the end line and centered a pass, that was collected by freshman Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.), who wound up and found the back of the net for her second of the season.
Plymouth State would once again even the score on a goal from Nicole Burgess (Mexico, Maine) with 11:56 to play, but the Pride quickly countered when Allie Skinner (Mansfield, Mass.) ripped a long pass up to Kennedy, who turned and fired a long shot into the back of the net to make it 3-2, Springfield, with 8:49 to play.
Kennedy would provide Springfield insurance with 3:30 left in the game, as she gathered a ball at the top of the arch, dribbled to her right and let go a shot on the run that went into the left side of the net to make it 4-2, sealing the win for Springfield.
The Pride will return to action on Thursday, September 8, when it will host Keene State at 6 p.m. on Stagg Field.