Keene State, N.H. - March 4, 2013 - First-year Connie Nielsen scored a career-best four goals to guide the Springfield College women's lacrosse team to an 11-6 victory at Keene State on a frigid Monday afternoon in non-conference play.
The Pride improve to 2-0 on the season, while the Owls dropped to 0-1 after falling in their season opener.
In addition to Nielsen's game-high four markers, Kerstin Lindrooth, Allie Davis, and Michelle Dorsey all scored twice for the Pride. Lindrooth snagged three draw controls, Jennifer Califano caused five turnovers, and Anne Versprille made 10 saves in goal for the win.
Freshman Kaitlin Nolan scored two goals and senior Nicole Curry finished with a goal and two assists to lead Keene State. Seniors Lindsay McManus and Lauren Brown and junior Eliza Witherbee also found the back of the net for the Owls.
Springfield never trailed in the contest as Lindrooth scored the game's opening just just 1:39 into the game. After falling behind 5-2, KSC cut the lead to 5-3 on a free position goal by Curry at the 7:33 mark of the first half. Holding the ball for the final shot, Nielsen netted her third goal of the half with four seconds on the clock to give Springfield a 6-3 halftime lead.
Stealing the ball at midfield, Curry hit a streaking Brown for a goal that made it a 6-4 game five minutes into the second half. The two teams traded goals with Nolan scoring on a free position shot to cut the deficit to 7-5 with 13:23 to play.
However, Springfield once again showed its second-half toughness, putting the game away by scoring the next four goals to go up 11-5. Dorsey had a pair of goals in the run to pace the Pride.
Springfield outshot the Owls 28-21 while KSC had a slim 10-8 advantage in draw controls.
Springfield will return home for another non-conference clash this upcoming Wednesday when it hosts Plymouth State at 5:00 pm on Stagg Field.