Springfield, Mass. - September 4, 2019 - The Springfield College field hockey team surrendered a pair of second-half goals as it dropped a 3-1 decision at Western New England on Wednesday evening at Golden Bear Stadium.
The victory boosted the Golden Bears record to 2-0 on the 2019 campaign, while the Pride evened its record at 1-1.
Jacqueline Clark (Auburn, Mass.) scored both of Western New England's second half goals to lead the way, while Haley Daigneault (Longmeadow, Mass.) tallied the opener for the Golden Bears. Goalkeeper Lexie Hemstock (Cheshire, Conn.) registered 10 saves in the win.
For the Pride, Taylor Conley (Yarmouthport, Mass.) delivered the visitors lone strike. Springfield owned an 18-2 advantage in shots for the game and a 10-3 cushion in penalty corners.
Just over four minutes into the contest, Taylor Klesyk (Hamden, Conn.) intercepted a Springfield pass in the offensive zone and sent a cross to the front of the cage, where Daigneault stuffed home the game's opening goal. The Pride had an opportunity to tie the score late in the first quarter on a breakaway by Grace Levansavich (Auburn, Mass.), but Hemstock charged out and deflected the attempt wide of the cage.
Springfield eventually was able to find the equalizer on a rebound by Conley just before halftime, sending the contest to the break tied 1-1.
With a minute and a half remaining in the third period, the Golden Bears regained the lead. Jessica Clifford (Auburn, Mass.) put a shot on target that was turned aside by Springfield goalie Elizabeth Morehouse (North Attleboro, Mass.), but Clark pounced on the rebound and found the back of the cage to make it 2-1.
After forcing a Springfield turnover near midfield early in the fourth quarter, Clifford delivered a centering pass to Klesyk, who found Clark in front of the cage. Clark's shot slipped past Morehouse and crossed the goal line for the final score of the contest.
Springfield had four shots on goal and four penalty corners in the fourth quarter, but the Western New England defense kept the Pride off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
On Saturday, Springfield will remain on the road for another non-conference contest at Keene State beginning at 12 pm.
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