Springfield, Mass. - September 9, 2017 - The Springfield College field hockey team netted three in the first half as it defeated Husson University, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field. The Pride's fourth-consecutive win to begin the 2017 campaign is the best start for the Pride since the 2007 season when it also started 4-0. With the loss, Husson suffers its first setback of the season and is now 2-1.
The Pride received another two-goal effort from senior Dani Sweet (Charlton, Mass.), as Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) posted four points on the afternoon, finishing with a goal and two assists. Additionally, sophomore forward Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.) registered her fourth goal of the season. In net for Springfield College, junior goalkeeper Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) finished with eight saves, while her counterpart, Anne Marie Provencal (Skowhegan, Maine) finished with eight stops of her own.
Springfield College finished the game with a 16-11 advantage in shots, while it was also awarded 11 penalty corners to the Eagles' eight.
It took just 10:20 to open the game's scoring for the Pride as Copponi registered an unassisted strike to give Springfield College a 1-0 lead, before the Eagles pulled even when Mikayla Toth (Skowhegan, Maine) hauled in a pass from Arika Brochu (Augusta, Maine) and tucked a shot past Drake to knot the game at one apiece.
Just 4:51 later, Springfield College took its one-goal lead back when Nusbaum set up Sweet for her first of the game to give the Pride a 2-1 lead with 11:16 to play in the first half, before the Pride pushed its lead to two when Nusbaum scored unassisted with 9:12 to play in the stanza.
Opening up the second half, Husson pulled to within one as Lauren Russell (Saco, Maine) scored unassisted with 30:47 to play, but 1:45 later, Nusbaum found Sweet for the duo's second connection of the day to seal the 4-2 win for the Pride.
Next up, Springfield College will hit the road and take on Keene State on Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m.