Springfield, Mass. - October 19, 2010 - The Springfield College field hockey team scored three times in the second half to secure a 3-0 conference win over Clark University in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.
The Pride move to 8-6 overall and 4-2 in NEWMAC play with the win. Clark drops to 9-5 on the season and 2-4 in conference.
Springfield goalkeeper Alison McCarthy was able to preserve a scoreless first half with an impressive one-on-one save off a Clark counter attack. The Cougars’ sophomore forward Mel Melkonian broke free and ran unchallenged for 40 yards before McCarthy snuffed out her bid.
Less than four minutes into the second half, the Pride got on the board for the game’s first goal. Freshman Kelly Gallo took a pass from Alexa Carlson and ripped it past the Cougars’ goalie for her team-leading ninth marker of the year.
Six minutes later, Amy Dean finished a series of passes from Carlson and Kayla Sokol on a penalty corner to make the score 2-0. The Pride tacked on its third goal of the stanza with just under 19 minutes left in regulation. This time, junior forward Kaila Dee took a feed from Meg Dobson in front of the Clark net and slapped it into the back of the cage.
McCarthy finished with seven saves in the shutout victory and made several key stops in the first half. Kate McGrath surrendered all three goals despite making five saves. For the contest, Springfield held a 15-10 edge in shots, including a 7-3 advantage in the second half.
The Pride head south on Thursday to face 20th-ranked Trinity College at 6:00pm.