Brockport, N.Y. - March 25, 2017 - Despite a pair of goals from junior attack Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.), the Springfield College women's lacrosse team fell to nationall-ranked SUNY Brockport, 14-4, on Saturday afternoon at Bob Boozer Field.
Playing its second nationally-ranked opponent in as many games, the Pride is now 3-4 to start the year, while the Golden Eagles, which were ranked No. 12 in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) National Rankings, improve to 5-0 with the victory.
Brockport held a 30-11 shot advantage throughout the contest, while also winning the ground ball battle, 25-19. The Golden Eages picked up 11 draw controls to Springfield College's eight, while the Pride was 4-for-6 on free-position chances, compared to Brockport, which went just 1-for-7 on the day.
Senior goalkeeper Gabby Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) held tough in between the pipes, as she made 10 saves on the afternoon, while for Brockport, Caitlin Cavallaro (Corning, N.Y.) and Sarah Brown (Mexico, N.Y.) combined to make three saves to preserve the win.
Along with Corsano's two goals, Springfield College also received goals from Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) and Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), while both Mahoney and Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) secured a team-best three draw controls.
Brockport scored the first six goals of the game, including a pair from both Jillian Babinsky (Sound Beach, N.Y.) and Andrea Zlinsky (Owego, N.Y.) to take a 6-0 lead with 6:38 to play in the first half. From there, Nusbaum was able to convert a free-position chance to cut the Pride's deficit to five, before the Golden Eagles potted three more before the end of the half to take a 9-1 lead at the break.
Much like it did against Amherst on Tuesday, the Pride came out firing in the second half, as Corsano scored twice in the first 15:09 of the period to make it a 10-3 game with 14:51 to play. After two goals from Brockport, Mahoney converted a free-position chance of her own to make it 12-4 with 9:19 to play, but the Golden Eagles would score twice more to seal the 14-4 win.
Up next, Springfield College will open New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play when it takes on Wellesley at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29.