Springfield, Mass. - March 31, 2011 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team opened up a 12-2 lead at halftime and held on for a 15-9 win over visiting Plymouth State in non-conference play on Stagg Field Thursday evening.
Springfield improves to 5-2 on the year, while the Panthers dropped their second-straight to fall to 2-2.
Meagan Dobson led Springfield with three goals and two assists, while Nicole Soucie added three goals. Five other Springfield players recorded two points, and Meghan Flangan picked up a team-best four draw controls. Anne Versprille picked up the win in goal as she needed to make just three saves.
The Panthers were led by Emily Buckle, who scored all four of her goals in a 4:37 span in the second half. Kathryn Rogers was credited with a game-high seven draw controls, while both Caitlin Swanson and Jenn Foley found the back of the cage twice. Lorin Field played the first half in goal and surrendered 12 goals, making seven saves as she was charged the loss. In the second half, Ally Baribault allowed just three goals and made three stops.
For the game, the Pride held a 28-14 advantage in shots, including a 21-3 edge in the first half. Springfield also limited Plymouth State to just 7-18 on clears as the Panthers committed 25 turnovers in the game.
Jackie Moscardelli kicked off the scoring 30 seconds into the contest as she converted a free-position strike. After a patient offensive set, the Panthers evened the game at one on a Swanson goal at the 25:27 mark. From there, Springfield took over the game, rattling off six unanswered goals to take a commanding 7-1 lead. Allie Davis scored twice in the run for the hosts.
The Panthers scored their final goal of the first 30 minutes of play on a Foley strike with 7:36 left on the clock. 25 seconds later Kelly Gallo’s free-position marker kick started a 5-0 Springfield run to close out the half as the Pride went into the locker room up 12-2.
Plenty of new faces saw action in the second half for Springfield, but it maintained its 10-goal cushion after Emily Fowler's second goal of the game made it 14-4 with 16:46 left in regulation. Buckle then went on her scoring spree, pumping in four consecutive strikes to get the visitors with six after a free-position goal with 7:52 on the clock. Brittany LeGuelaff notched a free-position goal for Springfield's final goal of the game with 4:36 remaining before Foley registered the game's final goal with under a minute to play.
The Pride will next prepare for a critical New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest with rival Babson College on Saturday at 12:00 pm on Stagg Field.