Springfield, Mass. - April 13, 2019 - Behind another nine-point effort from sophomore Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.) and a career-best five points from first-year Anjelia Altebrando (Miller Place, N.Y.), the Springfield College women's lacrosse team defeated Wheaton, 18-4, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Stagg Field on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Pride is now 7-6 overall and 3-2 in league play, while Wheaton falls to 5-7 on the year, and suffers its first loss in NEWMAC play, settling at 3-1 against league opponents. Springfield College owned a 27-17 advantage in shots over 60 minutes of play, as the Pride also secured 13 draw controls compared to the Lyons' eight. The maroon and white also scooped up 21 ground balls, while Wheaton only grabbed 16.
In net, Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) had four saves in her seventh win of the year, as her counterpart, Jena Casman (Woodbridge, Conn.) posted five stops in the setback. Along with nine points from Sarnacki, freshman Altebrando had a career-best five points, while Taylor Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) added four points on three goals and one assist. Defensively, Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.) had a game-high seven draw controls, as Gabby Fogg (Wells, Maine) and Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.) had four ground balls apiece.
Springfield College jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first 7:17 as Sarnacki opened the game's scoring with a goal on a feed from Altebrando, before the sophomore converted a free-position chance just 1:11 later. Altebrando then set up Pichel for her first of the game at the 22:43 mark, before Wheaton pulled to within one on back-to-back goals from Molly Covarrubias (Framingham, Mass.) and Kyra Schwartzman (Kennebunk, Maine).
From there, Springfield College would score 10 unanswered goals, beginning with a goal from Katie Martel (Granby, Conn.), who scored on an assist from Sarnacki at the 17:12 mark, before Altebrando hauled in a pass from Sarnacki just 28 seconds later and found the back of the net to make it 5-2. Martel then added her second of the contest, before Camryn Field (Walpole, Mass.) let a shot go at the cage, that bounced off of Casman and into the back of the net with 13:33 on the clock.
Sophomore Katie Campbell (Somers, N.Y.) buried a feed from Katie Stallone (Seaford, N.Y.) with 10:13 on the clock, making it 8-2, before Pichel scored her second of the game just 1:48 later on an assist from Sarnacki, her fourth of the game. From there, Fogg and Stallone both scored twice in the final 7:27 of the half to give the maroon and white a 13-2 lead at the halftime break.
Springfield College opened a 14-point lead just 10:51 into the second half as the Pride opened the second half with a marker from Altebrando, followed by a pair from Sarnacki, before Wheaton stopped a 13-goal run with a tally at the 16:39 mark. From there, Springfield College was able to score twice more, as Altebrando found Pichel and Sarnacki found Field on identical plays to seal the 18-4 win for the maroon and white.
Up next, Springfield College will return to Stagg Field on Wednesday, April 17 when it hosts Mount Holyoke in NEWMAC play at 4 p.m.
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