Springfield, Mass. - April 6, 2013 - Michelle Dorsey scored a free-position goal with 4.7 seconds to lift the Springfield College women's lacrosse team to a 9-8 victory over Babson College in a rematch of last year's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship.
Springfield snaps its four-game slide as it now stands at 6-5, 1-2 in league play. The Beavers drop to 4-5, 1-1.
Connie Nielsen scored a game-high four goals, three of which came in the first 30 minutes of play. Kelly Gallo found the back of the cage twice, while Dorsey and Kerstin Lindrooth each registered a goal and an assist. Lindrooth won four draw controls, and Anne Versprille made five saves in goal.
For Babson, Rachel Secrist posted a match-high five points on three goals and two helpers, and Jameson Spang tallied two first-half goals. Julie Baharestani took the loss in goal despite registering eight stops.
Nielsen scored her first goal of the afternoon just 52 seconds into the game after bouncing in a free-position strike. The Pride's lead grew to 3-0 with 20:37 on the clock as an unassisted goal from Flanagan and another Nielsen goal following a great feed on the crease from Dorsey.
Spang finally broke through for Babson on their second offensive possession of the game with 18:37 left in the half, stinging the bottom left corner on a free-position attempt. Gallo answered right back 1:13 later with a free-position goal, only to have Spang made it a two-goal game as she finished a centering pass by Secrist.
Springfield closed out the half with two goals in the final 4:48 to take a 6-2 lead into intermission. Nielsen found the back of the cage for the third time in the afternoon before Gallo ripped in her second of the half with 31 seconds remaining.
The teams traded a pair of goals with Secrist and Nielsen each scoring to allow Springfield to own a four-goal cushion at 7-3 with 17:38 left in regulation. From that point on, Babson took over the game, pouring in four-straight markers from four different scorers to tie the game at seven with 7:40 on the clock.
Lindrooth answered back 41 seconds later with a terrific individual effort, slicing through the Babson defense, to put Springfield back on top. However, Secrist scored again for the visitors at the 2:25 after dodging to her left to get free for her third goal of the contest.
Spang won the ensuing draw and Babson called a timeout. With time winding down, Versprille made a tremendous play in goal, intercepting a centering pass to give Springfield the ball back. After the Pride burned a timeout with 28 ticks left, Dorsey worked her way to the cage before Babson was whistled for a foul with 6.6 seconds left.
On the whistle, Dorsey worked towards the middle of the field before ripping a shot over the left shoulder of the goalie to seal the league victory for the Pride.
For the game, Springfield held a 14-5 advantage in draw controls, including an 8-1 cushion in the first half. Springfield also enjoyed a 19-17 edge in shots and went 4-for-7 on free-position attempts.
Springfield is back in action on Tuesday when it hosts Smith at 4:00 pm.