Springfield, Mass. -- September 8, 2013 -- The Brockport field hockey team beat Husson to win the Zenaty Invitational Championship at Springfield College's Stagg Field on Sunday. The Golden Eagles scored four unanswered goals in the first half to run away with a 5-0 win.
The Springfield College field hockey team notched its first win of the season, beating Plymouth State, 3-1 in the consolation game.
Springfield 3, Plymouth State 1:
Springfield struck first, taking an early 1-0 lead with 19:48 left in the first half. Jillian Macdonald (South Yarmouth, Mass.) took a nice shot from 12 yards out and Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.) played the deflection well, burying an open shot into the back of the net for the game's first goal.
“I think we just came out with a little more intensity,” Springfield coach Melissa Sharpe said. “I think yesterday we had the first game jitters, but I think our intensity was better and our passing was much, much better today.”
Gallo had another opportunity six minutes into the second half. The senior passed to Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y.) who passed it back to Gallo for a shot. Gallo's attempt skipped by the right post.
With 25 minutes left in the game, Plymouth State's Kendal Lariviere (Dover, N.H) took a shot on goal, but Pride goalkeeper Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.) made the save to preserve the lead.
Cabral gave the Pride some insurance with 23:37 left on the clock on another deflection goal. The sophomore took a shot from seven yards out, which deflected off the Plymouth goalie. Cabral came around to the right side and launched her own rebound into the goal to give Springfield a 2-0 lead.
“The first shot is huge,” Sharpe said. “We’re always stressing, as soon as you have that opening, take the shot. We’ve been doing a better job with that and then having the kids in the right position to get the tip or the redirect is huge. That says a lot about our positioning in the circle.”
Plymouth threatened late as Jackie Morin (Scarborough, Maine) got the Panthers on the board with 11:14 left in the game. Teammate Nikki Garvey (Cannan, N.H.) took a shot that deflected off a Springfield defender and Morin came in for the finish to make it a one goal game.
Linnea Quist (New Preston, Conn.) answered right back for Springfield though, scoring less than two minutes later. With 9:38 left in the game, Quist put one in on the left side with traffic in the middle to give Springfield a 3-1 lead.
Villa made seven saves in goal for Springfield to earn the win. Plymouth State's Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) had two saves in goal in the first half and Kaitlyn Warren (Boscawen, N.H.) closed out the second half with six saves. Springfield outshot Plymouth State, 19-10.
Springfield's MK Murray, who had a solid tournament defensively, was named to the All-Tournament team.
Springfield will be back in action on Thursday, traveling to Keene State for a 6 p.m. start.
Brockport 5, Husson 0: The Golden Eagles got off to a fast start, scoring four unanswered goals in the first half.
Abby Eschen (Cazenovia, N.Y.) was unstoppable offensively to lead Brockport, scoring three times.
Eschen tallied the first goal of the game on an assist from Jessica Blind (Webster, N.Y.) just 4:50 in. Blind controlled the corner pass, giving it to Eschen, who launched a shot in from the left side.
One minute and 29 seconds later, Emily Corpin (Peterboro, N.Y.) gave Brockport a 2-0 lead scoring with traffic in the middle.
Eschen scored her second goal of the game with 21:12 left in the first half. Blind took a shot from 12 yards out. Husson goalie Maicee Gustin (Dexter, Maine) made the stop, but Eschen put the redirect into the goal for a 3-0 lead.
Brockport netted another goal with 18:49 left in the first half. Blind took a shot from the middle which deflected off the Husson defenders and Jackie Massoni (Bayshore, N.Y.) tapped it in for the 4-0 advantage.
Eschen tallied her third goal with 19:02 left in the game, giving Brockport a 5-0 lead. She gained control off a corner and snuck one in through a crowd of defenders for the hat trick.
Gustin had 14 saves in goal for Husson while Brockport goalie Lindsay Farrell (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) made 11 saves for the shut out.
Brockport's Jessica Blind was awarded the tournament MVP Award.
Husson (2-2) plays again on Wednesday, hosting Bates at 7:00 p.m. and Brockport (2-2) will travel to Nazareth on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. start.