Springfield, Mass. - April 6, 2019 - Behind a five-point performance from Taylor Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) and four points from Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.), the Springfield College women's lacrosse team earned its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory of the season as the Pride defeated Coast Guard, 12-8, on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.
With the win, the Pride is now 5-6 overall with a record of 1-2 in the NEWMAC, while Coast Guard falls to 3-8 on the year with a 1-2 mark against league opponents. Springfield College owned a 38-21 advantage in shots over 60 minutes of play, as the Bears held a 13-9 margin on the draw. The Pride hauled in 28 ground balls compared to Coast Guard's 15, while in net, Springfield College's Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) made eight stops in her fifth win of the year.
Pichel produced five points on two goals and three assists, all in the first half, while Sarnacki finished with three goals and one helper. Defensively, Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.) led the maroon and white with four caused turnovers and four ground balls, while Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.) secured a team-best four draw controls in the win.
Springfield College scored the first five goals of the game over a span of 10:55 as Sarnacki buried a feed from Pichel just 1:03 into the contest, before Gabby Fogg (Wells, Maine) scored unassisted at the 23:35 mark to make it 2-0, Pride. Next, Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) converted a feed from Anjelia Altebrando (Miller Place, N.Y.) just 56 seconds later to make it 3-0, before Sarnacki finished off a dish from Pichel, resulting in a 4-0 lead. Finishing off the run, the two switched roles, with Pichel scoring her first of the game at 19:05 on the clock on a feed from Sarnacki.
After Coast Guard tallied its first strike of the game with 18:20 on the clock, Sarnacki buried another feed from Pichel at the 17:45 mark, before Katie Martel (Granby, Conn.) took a pass at the top of the arch from Holly Rivers (Danbury, Conn.) and dodged hard down the right alley, finding the back of the net to make it 7-1 with 16:18 on the clock.
The Bears scored once again to stay within five, but Pichel converted a free-position chance with 8:24 remaining in the stanza, forcing a score of 8-2. Coast Guard produced the final goal of the first half, resulting in an 8-3 margin at the break.
Fogg scored for the second time just 2:25 into the second half to push the Pride's lead back to six, before Coast Guard answered with a goal just 50 second later. With 19:14 to play, Katie Stallone (Seaford, N.Y.) notched an unassisted marker, resulting in a 10-4 advantage for the maroon and white, before Coast Guard scored back-to-back goals to force a timeout from the Pride, which still led 10-6.
Up next, Springfield College will continue NEWMAC play when it visits Smith College on Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m.
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