With the win, the Pride even its record at 5-5 and pull to 2-0 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. With the loss, the Engineers fall to 6-2 overall and 0-2 in conference.
Just 58 seconds into the game, Keeley Erhardt (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored first for the Engineers on a free-position opportunity that she converted to give the Engineers a 1-0 lead, but was quickly avenged by a goal Nielsen to pull the Pride even at one.
After a goal from Engineer sophomore Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa.) to put MIT up 2-1, Michelle Dorsey (Wilbraham, Mass.) scooped up a loose ball and found Emily Rodgers (Durham, N.H.) alone on the crease for an easy finish to even the game at two goals apiece.
At the 16:13 mark of the first half, Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.) netted back-to-back goals including converting a free-position chance to put the Pride up 4-2.
From there, Springfield went on a four-goal outburst, receiving scores from Rodgers, senior Emily Fowler (Branford, Conn.) and junior Elizabeth Poitras (Somers, Conn.) as the Pride went into halftime holding an 8-2 lead.
Just 39 seconds into the second half, Nielsen completed her hat-trick when she dodged down the right alley and snuck as shot past MIT goalkeeper Candice Kaplan (Arlington, Va.).
After an inside finish from Fowler, Dorsey complete a natural hat trick, scoring three consecutive goals to put the Pride up 13-2, before Gallo scored her third goal of the game at the 15:54 mark of the second half.
Back-to-back goals from Fowler and Nielsen extended the Pride’s lead to 15-2 heading into the late stages of the second half. DiDio netted her second goal of the game to bring the score to 15-3 in Springfield’s favor.
In the final minutes of the contest, the Pride and Engineers traded goals, with Rodgers netting her third goal of the contest, and freshman Erica Green (Ivyland, Pa.) scoring for MIT, ending the game at 17-4.
Anne Versprille (Franklin, Mass.) needed to make just five saves in 44:06 of action to earn the win for the Pride. Six different players for the Pride finished the afternoon with at least three points.
The Pride will be back in action next Saturday when it travels to NEWMAC-rival Babson College. The game is set for 1:00 p.m.