Boston, Mass. - March 22, 2014 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team outscored Emerson 10-1 in the second half as it eased to a 21-6 win in both squads New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener on Saturday afternoon.
The victory evened the Pride's record to 4-4 on the season.
Connie Nielsen (Sayville, N.Y.) led Springfield with four goals and three assists, while Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.) poured in six goals and added six draw controls. Colleen Keeley (Agawam, Mass.) tallied two goals and two helpers, and Michelle Dorsey (Wilbraham, Mass.) netted three markers. Anne Versprille (Franklin, Mass.) earned the save in goal with eight stops to her credit.
The Pride was especially efficient on offense, scoring 21 goals on 32 shots. Springfield did a terrific job taking care of the ball, committing just five turnovers, and held a 17-11 advantage in draw controls.
After Springfield fell behind 2-1 just under seven minutes into the game, the Pride seized control by scoring eight-straight goals in an 11-minute span to earn a 9-2 lead. Gallo was key in the burst, netting three of her six goals.
The host Lions eventually pumped in three-straight goals to get within 9-5 at the 2:21 mark, but Nielsen delivered two goals in the final 51 seconds to take an 11-6 lead into the half.
It was all Springfield in the second half as the Pride outscored the hosts 10-1 in the final 30 minutes to clinch its first conference win of the season.
Springfield will play its non-conference finale on Wednesday when it travels to play Connecticut College.