Springfield, Mass. - October 29, 2016 - A first-half goal from junior forward Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) proved to be the only goal the Springfield College field hockey program needed, as the Pride defeated WPI, 1-0, in its regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.
With the win, the Pride, which has now held its opponent scoreless in four out of the last five games, finishes the season with an overall record of 9-9, and a 3-5 mark in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. The Engineers finish the year with a record of 6-11 and 1-7 in conference.
In net for the Pride, senior goalkeeper Juliana Barrasso (Bayport, N.Y.) got the start, while sophomor Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) came in and made seven saves to preserve the shutout. For WPI, sophomore Karen Noble (Mariaville, Maine) notched nine stops in the setback. Springfield College held a 16-8 shot advantage and 5-4 margin in penalty corneres over 70 minutes of play.
Springfield College took a 1-0 lead over the Engineers with 20:47 remaining in the first half when Kennedy picked up a loose ball in the arch, curled around a pair of WPI defenders, and lifted a shot past Noble to give the Pride an early lead.
WPI had a chance to even the score at one apiece with 7:20 to play in the opening half, when Izzy Garver (Owls Head, Maine) and Carly Cicado (Easton, Mass.) got behind the Springfield College defense, and were pressing the cage, but a great defensive effort from senior Jillian Macdonald (South Yarmouth, Mass.) broke up the play, which resulted in a pair of saves for Drake.
Springfield College held a 9-2 shot advantage in the second half, and had a few chances in front of the Engineers' net to push its lead to a pair, but Nolan helped keep Springfield College at bay to keep it a one-goal game.
Up next, Springfield College will enter the NEWMAC Championship Tournament, and will wait to find out who it will play in the Quarterfinals on Tuesday, November 1.