Northampton, Mass. - October 22, 2016 - The Springfield College field hockey team fell to Smith College, 3-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon at the Smith Field Turf.
With the loss, the Pride is now 7-9 overall with a 2-5 mark in conference play, while the Pioneers are now 9-7 on the year with a 5-2 record in the NEWMAC. Smith College held a slight 12-8 shot advatage over Springfield College, while the Pride had seven penalty corners to the Pioneers' five.
In net, freshman goalkeeper Abbey Doherty (Hampton, N.H.) made four saves in the loss, while her counterpart, Cameo Tietje (Massapequa, N.Y.), made six stops and picked up her ninth win of the year.
Smith got on the board just 11:32 into the contest when Julia Hamilton (Williamstown, Mass.) found the back of the net for the first goal of the day to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead after the first half.
Coming out in the second stanza, the junior buried two more, the first assisted by Caroline Labriola (Westbrook, Conn.) to give the Pioneers a 3-0 lead over the Pride with 23:29 to play in the game.
Attempting to avoid the shout, Springfield College put late pressure on the Smith cage, and eventually broke through when freshman Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.) recorded her fifth goal of the year with five seconds to play in the game.
Up next, Springfield College will travel to Salem State on Tuesday, October 25 for a 4 p.m. match with the Vikings.