SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (October 20, 2007) – Eileen Jenkins (Gorham, Maine) tallied the game-winning goal with 10:29 remaining in the first half as the Springfield College field hockey team topped Wellesley, 2-0, in a key New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday morning at Stagg Field.
The Pride improves to 14-3, 6-2 in league play, while the Blue lost for the first time in conference play and now stand at 11-7, 6-1.
Jenkins netted the eventual game-winner as she finished a scramble in front of the cage with 10:29 left. Junior Jane Kelleher (Chatham, Mass.) was credited with the first of her two assists in the match.
The Pride added an insurance goal with 2:56 remaining as Kelleher slipped the ball past a charging Wellesley keeper Emily Hewitt to Becca Gamble (Granby, Conn.). Gamble slammed home the game’s second tally as she was all alone on the doorstep to put the Pride up 2-0.
Emma Kaplan (Ridgefield, Conn.) recorded the shutout in the match as she made eight saves for Springfield. Her counterpart, Hewitt, made 11 saves for the Blue.
Springfield returns to action on Tuesday evening in a non-conference matchup against Plymouth State. The game is slated for 6:00 p.m.