Salem, Mass. - October 25, 2016 - The Springfield College field hockey program picked up its third win in it's last four games, as the Pride defeated Salem State, 9-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Field.
With the win, Springfield College is now 8-9 on the year, while the Vikings fall to 2-13 overall. The Pride, which held Salem State shotless over 70 minutes of play, posted 34 shots, while also being awarded 12 penalty corners in the win. The Pride's nine goals ties the most amount of goals scored by Springfield College since a 10-3 win over Smith College on October 26, 2013.
Freshman forward Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) posted the second hat trick of her young career as she posted three goals in the contest to bring her season total to 15. Conley's 15 goals on the year is the most in a single season since Jane Kelleher '09 posted 17 in 2008.
In net, freshman goalkeeper Abbey Doherty (Hampton, N.H.) was not tested, while the Vikings' Victoria Kako (Salem, Mass.), Gabriella Cerro (Beverly, Mass.) and Carolyn Woodin (Arlington, Mass.) combined for 20 saves in the contest.
Springfield College got on the board just 5:52 into the contest when Conley scored the first of her three goals, before Jillian Macdonald (South Yarmouth, Mass.) scored her second-career goal just 2:37 later to pushed the Pride's lead to a pair.
Springfield College pushed its lead to three just 2:06 later when junior forward Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) set up Stollmer for her third goal of the season to give the Pride a 3-0 first-half lead.
Opening the second stanza, senior captain Jamie Raccosta (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) registered an unassisted goal before Nusbaum found Stollmer for her second of the game to make it 5-0, Pride.
With 26:24 to play, Nusbaum then set up Conley for her second of the game, before freshman forward Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.) found the back of the net for the fourth-straight game to push Springfield College's lead to seven.
Conley completed her hat trick with 14:29 to play in the contest to make it 8-0, before Nusbaum finished off the scoring with her second goal of the year just 3:10 later to seal the 9-0 win.
Up next, Springfield College will return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play when it will host WPI on Saturday, October 29 at 1 p.m.