Springfield, Mass. - March 5, 2012 - Meghan Flanagan produced a career-high eight points off seven goals and an assist to power the Springfield College women's lacrosse team to a 17-9 win over cross-town foe Western New England in its season-opener on Monday afternoon.
The Golden Bears drop to 1-1 in the early season while the Pride improve to 1-0, winning its season opener for the eighth-straight year.
In three career games against Western New England, Flanagan has tallied 12 goals and two assists. Senior midfielder Jackie Moscardelli added five goals and an assist while sophomore attacker Kelly Gallo contributed four goals with an assist for the Pride. Freshman midfielder Michelle Dorsey had a successful collegiate debut with a goal, three assists, six ground balls, and two caused turnovers.
Springfield took a 7-5 lead at the break and held a pair of one-goal leads in the second half, the last at 9-8 before the roof caved in for the Golden Bears who were outscored 8-1 in the final 21:06. Moscardelli keyed the run scoring at the 19:45 mark to give the visitors a two-goal advantage. Gallo and Dorsey followed with goals before Moscardelli scored again for a 13-8 advantage with 9:59 left.
Western New England received a nice performance from freshman midfielder Jessica Scannapieco who notched five goals. Senior midfielder Katie Toomy had a pair of goals and an assist. Freshman goalie Emily Castleman had a solid outing with 18 saves.
Sophomore goalie Anne Versprille stopped five shots for Springfield.
The Pride is back in action on Wednesday when it plays its home opener against Plymouth State beginning at 4:30 pm.