Springfield, Mass. -- March 23, 2010 -- Allie Bazzano tallied her 100th goal en route to leading her Springfield College women's lacrosse team to a 16-8 victory tonight over Keene State College at a soggy Amos Alonzo Stagg Field. Bazzano led her squad with four goals and one assist, the same totals as fellow classmate Jenn Zubkus, giving SC Head Coach Kristen Mullady a victory in her home coaching debut.
The win allowed the Pride to raise its record to 3-1, while the Owls fell to 2-3.
Springfield jumped out to quick leads of 4-1 and 5-2 in the first 11 minutes, and the Pride looked to be in total control. Bazzano scored SC's fourth and fifth goals in that run. Her first goal was her career 100th, occurring on a free position shot, giving SC a 4-1 lead just 8:13 into the contest. Bazzano became just the 10th player in school history to reach the coveted century figure.
After Bazzano's second goal, however, the home team went into a complete drought for 16 1/2 minutes. Meanwhile, Keene State's Nicole Curry scored two quick goals and sparked a surge that tied the game at 5-all with 7:20 remaining in the first half.
Finally, the Pride broke through when Meagan Dobson talled with 2:36 left, giving SC a 6-5 lead. Lauren Sawyer tied matters at 6-6 for the Owls with 1:19 before the half. But Zubkus scored again with Bazzano assisting, putting SC into lead for good with just 32 seconds left before the intermission.
In the second half, it was pretty much all Springfield. The Pride outscored the Owls, 9-2, in that stanza. Springfield scored four of the first five goals, including three in a span of just under six minutes. A Dobson goal, SC's 10th, with 23:32 to go was on the bizarre side, careening off a defender and into the net from an impossible angle. Then when freshman Meaghan Flanagan scored with 16:02 remaining, SC had pulled ahead by a count of 11-7.
After Bazzano and Zubkus, SC was led by Dobson with three goals and two assists. Erin Doolan had two markers and two assists. Others who scored one goal for SC were Flanagan, Jackie Moscardelli, and Nicole Soucie.
For Keene State, Curry, Jill Kirk, and Lauren Sawyer each scored two goals. Sawyer added a game-high four assists. Other goal scorers for the Owls included Lauren Brown and Samantha Benson.
This was the first of four consecutive home games for the Pride. Up next, SC will host MIT Saturday in its NEWMAC conference opener at 1 pm.