Springfield, Mass. - January 30, 2017 - Following an appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament Sweet 16 a season ago, the Springfield College women's lacrosse team is receiving votes in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Preseason National Rankings, announced on Monday afternoon.
After winning its third New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship in the last five seasons in 2016, the Pride advanced to take on Bridgewater State in the First Round of the NCAA Championship Tournament, where it defeated the Bears, 8-7, advancing to the second round. The following day, Springfield took on No. 9 Bates College in a contest that broke a pair of NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament records, including the fewest goals in a game, and fewest goals in one half of play, as the Pride was able to prevail, 3-2, to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history. Traveling to Cortland to take on Catholic University, the Pride's season came to a close as it suffererd a 12-10 setback to the Cardinals.
Following the season, the Springfield College women's lacrosse team, which made its first appearance in the national rankings in 2015, finished the year ranked No. 10 according to Lacrosse Magazine and No. 17 according to the IWLCA.
Individually, the Pride return nine of 12 starters from the 2016 squad, including three student-athletes that earned IWLCA All-Region honors, and four student-athletes that earned NEWMAC All-Conference recognition. Leading the group is junior attack Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.), who broke the single-season scoring record as a sophomore, notching 56 goals in 2016. In net, senior goalkeeper Gabby Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) will anchor one of the best defensive units in the country, as she posted a goals-against average of 6.48, including making 160 saves in 15 wins on the year.
The Pride will kick off its 2017 campaign when it hosts cross-town rival Western New England on Stagg Field at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 25.