Springfield, Mass. - April 1, 2010 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team staved off a furious second half rally as it defeated visiting Plymouth State, 17-13, in a non-conference shootout on Thursday evening at Stagg Field. Both Allie Davis and Jackie Moscarelli scored five times to lead the Pride to victory.
The win boosts Springfield’s record to 5-2, while the Panthers even its record to 2-2.
After a dominating first 30 minutes of play that saw the Pride put all 18 of its shots on goal and own a 10-3 lead, it appeared as though the hosts would cruise to victory.
However, the second half was a much different story as the Panthers scored seven goals on their first eight shots to get right back into the contest. After back-to-back goals just nine seconds apart at the just 1:25 into the second half, it was clear that Plymouth State would not go away quietly.
The teams combined for 17 goals in the second half and Springfield's seven-goal lead at the half dwindled down to two after Britney Chiles buried a Caitlin Swanson feed with just over nine minutes left in regulation. Moscardelli responded with an unassisted strike under a minute later to boost Springfield's lead back to four. A Jenn Zubkus goal provided the hosts with a four-goal cusion, only to have Swanson and Judd find the back of the cage 48 seconds apart to make it a 15-13 ball game with 6:11 on the clock.
A pair of quick strikes down the stretch proved to be the difference for SC as Davis and Moscardelli each tacked on their fifth tallies of the game at the 3:38 and 3:21 mark as the hosts held on for the 17-13 win.
Other than Moscardelli and Davis, Meagan Dobson added two goals and two assists, as did Erin Doolan. Allie Bazzano contributed two goals, an assists, as well as three draws and two caused turnovers. Lauren McAulay played the first half in goal and made three saves while giving up three Panther goals. Katlyn Lavin stopped on shot in the second half and gave up 10 goals.
For the visitors, Judd had a standout game as she finished with a game-high seven points off five goals and two helpers. Chiles tacked on four goals of her own and Brianna Davis totaled a hat trick and one assists. Morgan Lemmon played the first half and the final 1:19 of the game as she shouldered the loss, allowing 10 goals and making nine saves. Ally Baribault made seven saves in the second half while giving up seven Springfield goals.
The Pride will return to conference play on Saturday afternoon when it travels to square off against rival Wheaton College at 1:00 pm.