Springfield, Mass. - March 3, 2011 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team broke open a 5-5 tie with the first seven goals of the second half as it down rival Western New England, 12-7, on Stagg Field on Thursday evening.
The Pride won its season opener to improve to 1-0, while the Golden Bears even its record at 1-1.
For Springfield, Meghan Flanagan tallied three goals and an assist, while Meagan Dobson also finished with four points off two goals and two assists. Nicole Soucie netted two goals and added an assist, and Jackie Moscardelli dished out two assists to go along with a goal. Flanagan had a team-best four draw controls, and Allie Davis posted five ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Jeanmarie Barbato led the Golden Bears with three goals, while Katie Toomy added two goals and an assist. Nicole Squadrito found the back of the cage twice, and Nicole Poli registered a game-high four caused turnovers.
The Golden Bears opened up a 2-0 lead just over eight minutes into the contest after Squadrito and Barbato netted early strikes. Just 30 seconds later, Flanagan answered back on an assisted goal by Moscardelli, only to have Toomy score an unassisted strike at the 19:59 mark to give the visitors a 3-1 edge.
From there, Springfield poured in three consecutive goals, including a pair of tallies by Flanagan, as it snagged its first lead of the game at 4-3 with 9:04 left in the opening half.
Barbato pumped home two more goals for the visitors at 8:16 and 2:23 to give the Golden Bears back the lead at 5-4. Davis would then close out of the first half scoring with 1:48 on the clcok to send the teams into the half grid locked at five.
The second half belonged to Springfield as it scored the first seven goals of the stanza and held WNEC off the scoreboard for 27:50. Dobson and Soucie each scored twice for the Pride in the half as it led by as many as seven, and took a 12-5 lead with 6:55 remaining after a pretty goal by Dobson along the crease. Squadrito scored WNEC's first goal in over 30 minutes at the 2:10 mark and Toomy tacked on a free-position goal with five seconds remaining.
In her first collegiate game, Anne Versprille earned the win between the pipes as he registered 14 saves. Her counterpart, Marissa Bonitatibus, made 12 saves in the loss.
The Pride will resume action on March 16 during its Spring Break trip when it battles Stevenson at 2:30 pm in Orlando, Florida.