Women's Lacrosse Eases Past Western New England, 16-10, in Season Opener

Springfield, Mass. - February 25, 2017 - Behind six points from junior attack Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) and five points from graduate student attack Bianca Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), the Springfield College women's lacrosse team opened the 2017 season in impressive fashion, a 16-10 win over cross-town rival Western New England at Stagg Field on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Springfield College, which is receiving votes in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) National Rankings, begins the season with a record of 1-0, while the Golden Bears are now 0-1. The Pride held a 32-17 shot advantage over 60 minutes of play, while also picking up 19 draw controls to the Golden Bears' six. Additionally, Springfield College won the ground ball battle, 19-13.

For the Pride, Corsano picked up right where she left off a season ago, as the junior notched five goals to go along with one assist on the afternoon. Raniolo posted five assists in the contest, while junior midfielder Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) had a goal and two helpers on the afternoon.

The tandem of Julia Bireley (Franklin, Mass.) and Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.) combined for 11 ground balls, as Stone posted a game-high six and added a pair of caused turnovers. In between the pipes, senior goalkeeper Gabby Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) made four saves.

Junior attack Julia Winer (Longmeadow, Mass.) had eight points for the Golden Bears, while classmate Rachel Canning (Lincoln Park, N.J.) had three goals on the afternoon. In net, junior Shannon McFadden (West Islip, N.Y.) made 11 saves and took the loss.

After trading goals over the first 2:18 of play to make it 1-1, Springfield College strung together the next four tallies of the game, including two goals from Corsano and one each from Bireley and Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) to make it 5-1 with 16:06 remaining in the first half.

From there, Winer and Canning scored back-to-back goals to cut Western New England's deficit to a pair, but the Pride would go on another four-goal burst, including two more from Corsano, Bireley's second of the game and a strike from Steidler to make it 9-3 with 3:39 on the clock. 

After two more from the Golden Bears, sophomore Katie Stallone (Seaford, N.Y.) ended the half with her first of the season to make it 10-5 at the break.

Western New England would score the first goal of the second half, before Stephanie Hyslip (Hanson, Mass.) netted her second of the game, followed by goals from Corsano and Nusbaum to give Springfield College a 13-7 lead. Two goals from Emily Norden (Belchertown, Mass.) cut the Golden Bears deficit to four, but sophomore attack Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) would score back-to-back goals to make it 15-9 with 3:44 to play.

Winer would find the back of the net once more, but the Pride would end the game on a goal from Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) to seal the 16-10 victory.

Up next, Springfield College will return to Stagg Field on Saturday, March 4 when the Pride will host Eastern Connecticut at 12 p.m.