Springfield, Mass. - October 20, 2016 - Holding a 32-4 shot advantage over the course of 70 minutes, the Springfield College field hockey team posted a dominating 3-0 win over Johnson & Wales on Thursday evening at Stagg Field. With the win, the Pride has now won its last two games, and is 7-8 overall.
With the loss, Johnson & Wales falls to 6-9 on the year. Along with Springfield College holding a 32-4 shot advantage over the Wildcats, the Pride held a 14-4 margin in penalty corners.
In net, freshman goalkeeper Abbey Doherty (Hampton, N.H.) made one stops in the win and posted her second-straight shutout, while senior Juliana Barrasso (Bayport, N.Y.) came on for the final 11:11. For the Wildcats, Claire Nolan (West Bridgewater, Mass.) posted 16 saves in the loss.
It took until 5:41 remaining in the first half for either team to score, but the Pride finally broke through when Taylor Field (Eastham, Mass.) sent a penalty corner into freshman Gabby Guerard (Derry, N.H.) on the close side of the arch, who ripped a shot that deflected off of a Johnson & Wales defender and into the back of the net for her first-career goal to give Springfield College a 1-0.
The Pride pushed its lead to a pair with 16:30 to play when Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) found Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) in the middle of the arch, who then found a wide open Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.) on the doorstep for an easy finish to make it 2-0.
Just 58 seconds later, Springfield College took a three-goal lead when Copponi picked up a loose ball and carried it down the right side before finding Kennedy in the center of the arch for a one-time finish to make it 3-0, Pride, with 15:32 to play
Up next, Springfield College will return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play when it will travel to Smith College for a 12 p.m. match.