New London, Conn. - April 22, 2010 - Despite three goals and two assists from Meagan Dobson, the Springfield College women's lacrosse team dropped its final non-conference game of the season on Thursday evening to Connecticut College, 17-13.
Springfield evens its record to 7-7 this season with the loss.
Hope Barone exploded with five goals and three assists as the Camels outlasted Springfield in a game that was suspended for 90 minutes due to inclement weather that reached the Connecticut Shoreline Region Thursday.
The improving Camels even their record at 6-6 with their third win in the last four games. Springfield College falls to 7-7 in the setback. Junior Abby Hill collected eight draw controls and seven ground balls to go with three goals and one assist in a stellar performance for the hosts. Brianna Miller also had three goals with one assist for the Camels. Rookie net-minder Kelsey Burke made nine saves to earn the win in the first start of her career.
Nicole Soucie scored three goals while Allie Bazzano chipped in with two scores and one assist. Senior Lauren McAulay stopped nine shots in the loss for the Pride.
The Camels raced out of the gates to a 3-1 lead. With 15:15 remaining, Barone elevated for a one-timer on a centering pass from Sara Christopher to put the Camels on top 6-3. Springfield scored three of the next four goals to pull to within 7-6 when Soucie found the back of the net with 8:50 remaining.
But the Camels ended the half with three unanswered goals. Ashley Crutchfield fired home a free position goal with one second left and the hosts carried a 10-6 advantage into the break.
After a lengthy delay, the teams returned for second half action. Katelyn Driscoll assisted Barone for a goal with 26:21 remaining. Driscoll then scored her 20th of the season to make it a 12-6 game. Miller capped the 6-0 run with an acrobatic goal as she took a feed from Crutchfield and snapped off a shot as she was being pushed to the turf.
Later on in the half, the Camels took their largest lead of the night, after Grace Megaffin caused a turnover that led to a free position goal for Barone and the hosts enjoyed a 16-7 advantage with 15:13 remaining.
Springfield clawed back to within 17-13 but to ensure the safety of the student-athletes, the game was called due to darkness with 2:14 remaining in regulation.
The Pride wraps up its regular season on Saturday afternoon when it travels to take on Smith in its conference finale.