Cambridge, Mass. - April 2, 2017 - Behind another impressive performance from junior Kayla Schroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.), the Springfield College women's lacrosse team picked up a 16-3 win over MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Sunday afternoon at Steinbrenner Stadium.
With the win, Springfield College is now 5-4 and improves to 2-0 in league play. With the loss, the Engineers fall to 4-5 overall and 1-1 in the NEWMAC.
Springfield College held a 23-10 shot advantage over 60 minutes of play, while also securing 12 draw controls to the Engineers' seven. MIT won the ground ball battle, 16-14.
Registering a career-best seven goals in the Pride's win over Wellesley this past Wednesday, Schroeher picked up six points, including five goals and one assist in Springfield College's victory over MIT. Along with Schroeher's standout performance, junior midfielder Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) and junior attack Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) also tallied three goals apiece.
In net, senior goalkeeper Gabby Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) notched her fifth win of the year, making six saves, while Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) came on in the final 14:14 to preserve the win. MIT's goalkeeper, Eva Boal (Princeton Junction, N.J.) was only able to stop three shots in the setback.
Springfield College scored the first seven goals of the game over 14:38 to take an early 7-0 lead over the Engineers, including three strikes from Steidler. Corsano started the spurt with a goal just 2:59 into the contest, before Steidler and Schroeher posted back-to-back goals just 1:20 apart to give the Pride a 3-0 lead. With 19:39 left in the first half, Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) found the back of the net, before Steidler picked up two more in just 56 seconds to push Springfield College's lead to six.
After Schroeher converted a free-position chance with 15:22 on the clock, MIT cut its deficit to six, but Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.) countered with a goal of her own to help the Pride regain its seven-goal lead. From there, Nusbaum found twine again, before Schroeher and Bianca Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) registered goals to give Springfield College a 11-1 lead at the break.
Raniolo set up Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) just 5:48 into the second half to make it 12-1, sparking a five-goal run for the Pride, which included two goals apiece from Corsano and Schroeher to make it 16-1. MIT scored the final two goals of the game to make the final 16-3.
Up next, Springfield College will return to Stagg Field for just the second time this season when it hosts Coast Guard on Wednesday, April 5 at 5:30 p.m.