Springfield, Mass. - October 24, 2009 - The Springfield College field hockey team netted a goal in the opening two minutes and never looked back as it blanked WPI, 3-0, in a crucial New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest on a rainy Stagg Field Saturday afternoon.
The win brings Springfield’s record to 8-8 on the season, but more importantly makes the Pride 4-3 in league action. WPI drops to 10-5, 4-3 in conference play and joins Springfield in the conference standings log jam.
Springfield wasted no time scoring the first goal of the game as it struck just 1:50 into the contest. On the game’s first penalty corner, WPI netminder Allie Griffin made an initial save on Karah Heald’s shot on the doorstep. However, Becca Gamble collected the rebound and beat Griffin between the legs for what would prove to be the game-winner.
Springfield continued to put pressure on the WPI defense as it spent nearly the rest of the half peppering the Engineers with shots. The Pride’s persistence paid off as it added a second goal with 10 seconds remaining in the opening 35 minutes. With time winding down, Julie Hoppmann sent a ball towards the cage, which Alexa Carlson redirected into the back of the net.
At the 58:11 mark, Springfield tacked on its third goal of the game as Morgan Rein slipped a pass across the goal mouth, which Kaila Dee slammed home.
Springfield goalkeeper Anna Calano preserved the shutout as she snuffed out a one-on-one chance by Meghan Farrell in the final 10 minutes of the game.
Griffin suffered the loss as she allowed a pair of goals in the opening frame and made 10 stops. Elizabeth Ray played the final 35 minutes for the Engineers, allowing one goal and making one save. Calano need to make just two saves as she picked up the shutout win.
With seedings for the upcoming conference tournament still to be sorted out, the final week of conference play will prove to be critical. Entering this upcoming week’s play WPI, Springfield, MIT, and Babson are all tied for third place with a 4-3 record in conference play.
Springfield will return to action as it plays its final regular season conference game of the season against Smith on Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm.