SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 2, 2007) – The Springfield College field hockey team defeated Worcester State, 2-0, this afternoon in the championship game of the Zenaty Invitational, hosted by Springfield College on newly renamed and newly resurfaced Stagg Field (formerly known as Benedum Field).
In the consolation game played this morning, Rensselaer defeated Western New England College, 4-0.
With the win, Springfield is now 2-0 on the young season, while Worcester State falls to 1-1. With its win, RPI is 1-1, while WNEC falls to 0-2.
The tourney is named for Dottie Potter Zenaty, head field hockey coach at Springfield College for a 34-year period. With 377 victories, she is the winningest coach in New England college field hockey history.
Ranked #15 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III preseason poll, Springfield wasted no time in getting on the board when junior forward and Tournament MVP Jane Kelleher (Chatham, Mass.) scored just 41 seconds into the match.
Although the Pride dominated play, that lone goal stood up through the first half, and well into the second. Then with just 8:10 left in the game, freshman midfielder Meghan Bradley (Cumberland, R.I.) found the back of the net, putting Springfield up by two goals.
Springfield out-shot Worcester State, 32-3. For the Pride, senior goalkeepers Emma Kaplan (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Julia Kincade (Durham, N.H.) split time, each playing a half. Kaplan made one first half save, Kincade two second half saves. For Worcester State, senior Erin MacDonald (Dedham, Mass.) played a stellar game with 30 saves.
In the consolation game, Rensselaer scored twice in the first half en route to its 4-0 victory. The first goal was scored unassisted by senior midfielder Michelle Roy (Rensselaer, N.Y.) with 12 minutes left in the half. That goal was followed by a tally from sophomore forward Shaina Feldman (Phoenixville, Penn.) with 8:55 left in the first stanza. That goal was assisted by junior forward Lisa Pak (Methuen, Mass.).
In the second half, freshman forward Sandy Turnbull (Upperville, Va.) scored an unassisted goal with 26:16 left. Finally, with 14:00 left, senior defender Sarah Merlin (Sharon, Mass.) scored, assisted by Turnbull.
The Red Hawks easily out-shot the Golden Bears, 34-9. For WNEC, senior goalkeeper Emilie Donka (White River Junction, Vt.) was credited with 26 saves. For RPI, freshman keeper Lauren Fernandes (Orange, Ohio) had five saves.
There were five players chosen on the All-Tournament Team. They were:
MVP -- Jane Kelleher – Springfield -- (junior, forward, Durham, N.H.)
Jillian Urtz – Springfield -- (junior, defender, Verona, N.Y.)
Erin MacDonald – Worcester State – (senior, goalkeeper, Dedham, Mass.)
Alex Lamparski – RPI – (sophomore, defender, Malvern, Penn.)
Emilie Donka – WNEC – (senior, goalkeeper, White River Junction, Vt.)
Kelleher scored three of her team’s eight goals over the two-day period. She scored the game-winner for her Springfield squad each day.