Springfield, Mass. - September 3, 2017 - For the second time in as many days, the Springfield College field hockey team got out to a fast start and never looked back, as it defeated Westfield State, 5-0, in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon at Stagg Field.
With the win, the Pride is off to a 2-0 start for the fourth-consecutive season, as Westfield State, playing its first game of the 2017 season, is now 0-1. Springfield College dominated the game, holding a 26-1 shot advantage, as the Pride was also awarded 20 penalty corners over 70 minutes of play. In net for Springfield, Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) did not need to make a save to pick up her second win of the year, while her counterpart, Molly Duff-Still (Hatchville, Mass.) made seven stops in the game.
Senior midfielder Dani Sweet (Charlton, Mass.) continued her strong start to the season, as she recorded two more goals in Sunday's win, while classmate Paige Laperle (Auburn, Mass.) also netted a pair. Sophomore forward Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.) also added another goal to her season toal, which is now three in two games.
Just 2:47 into the contest Springfield College got on the board when Copponi buried a loose ball in front of the Westfield State net, giving the Pride a 1-0 advantage. The maroon and white doubled its lead just 7:53 later when Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) let one fly from just over the midfield line, which was redirected by Laperle into the back of the net to make it 2-0, Springfield. Laperle would convert another chance with 13:19 on the clock to make it 3-0, beofre Sweet ended the first-half scoring on a penalty corner sent in by Laperle in which the senior captain fired on cage, finding its way past Duff-Still to make it 4-0.
Scoring was quiet in the second half until Sweet broke the silence with a nifty move at the top of the arch and saavy finish in front of the cage, pushing the Pride's lead to five with 18:15 on the clock.
Up next, Springfield College will travel to Western New England on Wednesday, September 6 before returning to Stagg Field on Saturday, September 9 to take on Husson at 4 p.m.