Springfield, Mass. - April 22, 2017 - Junior attack Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) scored her fifth goal of the game just 1:01 into the first overtime period to lift the Springfield College women's lacrosse team to an overtime victory over Babson in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Stagg Field on Saturday afternoon.
In a game that served as the rematch of last season's NEWMAC Championship tilt, the Pride prevailed over the Beavers, 10-9, to improve to 11-4 on the year, with a record of 7-0 against conference opponents. With the loss, Babson is now 9-5 on the year with a mark of 6-1 in league play.
Babson held a 26-16 shot advantage over the course of the contest, while both sides were able to secure nine draw controls. Springfield College won the ground ball battle, picking up 14 compared to Babson's 12.
Along with five goals from Corsano, Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) had another strong performance for the Pride, as she registered four goals to go along with six draw controls and five ground balls. In net for Springfield College, Gabby Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) had an outstanding day as the senior made 11 stops to lead the Pride to victory.
Graduate student attack Bianca Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) needed just one assist coming into Saturday's contest to be the Springfield College women's lacrosse program's all-time leader in assists, and with 12:37 remaining in the first half, she found Mahoney on the doorstep for an easy catch and finish to pick up her 81st-career assist. Raniolo's 81 career assists surpassed the previous mark of 80 set by Lindsay Reiniger, who played for the Pride from 2000-2003.
Babson was led by the strong offensive play of Francesca Giovanucci (Easton, Mass.), as she totaled five goals on the afternoon. In net for the Beavers, freshman goalkeeper Olivia Phelan (Wilton, Conn.) made three saves in the setback.
Babson jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage on goals from Giovanucci and Emily Bresnahan (Wenham, Mass.), but Springfield College quickly cut its deficit in half when Corsano drove down the right alley and tucked a shot past Phelan to make it 2-1 just 7:11 into the contest.
After another Beaver goal to make it 3-1, Corsano answered once again, hauling in a pass from Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) and finding the back of the net to keep the Pride within on. Both sided would trade goals for the remainder of the half, as Mahoney picked up back-to-back markers for Springfield College, before Kayla Schroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.) ended the half with her 34th goal of the season, sending the Pride into the locker room facing a 6-5 deficit.
Giovanucci pushed Babson's lead back to two to begin the second half, but Mahoney converted a free-position chance to make it 7-6, Beavers, with 25:42 to play. After another free-position goal from Mahoney made it 8-7, Babson, with 22:22 to play, Springfield College finally evened the score with 11:22 on the clock when Corsano converted a free-position chance of her own to make it 8-8.
After Giovanucci scored her fifth of the day, Corsano tucked another free-position goal past Phelan to make it 9-9, a score that would remain until the end of regulation.
Just 1:01 into the first overtime period, Schroeher sent a lobbing pass over the crease area, which found Corsano on the back door. The junior took one step upfield, and as she was falling got a shot off that snuck past Phelan for the game winner.
Up next, Springfield College will return to Stagg Field on Wednesday, April 22 when it will host Emerson in its final contest of the regular season at 6 p.m.