Mansfield, Conn. - September 1, 2018 - The Springfield College field hockey team netted six goals in the second half to race past host Eastern Connecticut State, 6-1, in both teams season opener on Saturday afternoon.
Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) made quite a statement in the first game of her junior season as she netted four-consecutive goals in a 13-minute span to start the second half to fuel the Pride's offensive efforts. Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) was equally impressive as the senior registered three assists and a goal, while Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.) chipped in a pair of assists and Kyra Ashe (Longmeadow, Mass.) tacked on a goal of her own in her collegiate debut. In the cage, Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) needed to just make one save to earn the win.
For the game, Springfield owned a 30-2 advantage in shots, including a 21-0 cushion in the second half. Additionally, the Pride took 15 of the game's 17 penalty corners.
After the Warriors struck for the game's first goal at the 9:17 mark, Springfield was unable to find the back of the cage in the opening 35 minutes as it went into the break trailing 1-0. However, Conley buried a pair of goals, both assisted by Nusbaum, just 2:40 apart starting in the 40th minute of the game to give Springfield a lead it would not relinquish. The junior then tacked on a pair of strikes off feed from Copponi at 47:28 and 52:56 before Nusbaum got into the scoring mix with an unassisted marker at 55:27.
Ashe then wrapped up the scoring, pumping in the Pride's sixth goal of the game with under two minutes to play to help seal the non-conference win.
The Pride is back in action on Sunday afternoon when it returns to play on Stagg Field against local-foe Westfield State for a 12 pm contest.
Photo by John Inkel