Springfield, Mass. – April 25, 2009 – The Springfield College women's lacrosse team wrapped up its regular season in impressive fashion, scoring 21 goals on 26 shots, as it downed visiting Smith College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest.
With the victory, Springfield finishes its regular season with a 10-5 record, including a 5-1 mark in conference play. The Pioneers drop to 4-11, 0-6 in league action.
The game was also played with a focus on raising awareness for breast cancer as Springfield donned pink socks and ribbons in their hair.
The Pride poured in 15 goals in the opening half as it cruised to the 21-4 victory. Jenn Zubkus continued to power the Springfield offense as she tallied four goals and three assists in the win. Alexandra Bazzano added three goals, two assists, and two caused turnovers as well. Nicole Soucie also had a solid game with four goals, while Nicole Flores added three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Lauren McAulay and Katlyn Lavin split time between the pipes and combined for eight saves.
For the visitors, Carolyn Whiting netted a hat trick, while Michelle Walsh added the Pioneers other goal in the game. Chelsea Henderson suffered the loss in the cage as she made just two saves.
Springfield struck first after Megan O’Brien took a nice feed from Bazzano and found the back of the net 34 seconds into the contest. Walsh responded right back for the visitors with an unassisted strike after splitting two defenders on the crease just 19 seconds later to even the game at one.
SC then pumped in three straight goals as Soucie, Bazzano, and Zubkus all found the back of the cage to give Springfield a 4-1 advantage. The Pioneers then scored its final goal of the half as Whiting came from behind the cage and snuck a shot just inside the near post at the 22:59 mark.
Three straight goals, including a pair of Zubkus free position goals, gave Springfield a 7-2 lead and forced Smith to call a timeout with just over 20 minutes remaining in the first half of play.
From there, the Pride continued to pour on the offensive pressure as it recorded eight more unanswered goals in the frame en route to a 15-2 lead at the half. Nine different players found the back of the cage in the first half as Brittany LeGuelaff, Heather Dobson, Jackie Moscardelli, and Jenna Bugbee each netted goals.
The second half was played a much slower pace as the teams combined for just eight goals. SC netted six in the frame, with the final tally coming on a Megan Wisell free-position attempt with 5:29 remaining.
The Pride will next play on Wednesday when it hosts a NEWMAC Championship First Round contest. The opponent and time of game has yet to be decided.