Springfield, Mass. -- Sept. 1, 2012 -- The Springfield College field hockey team got the new season off to a clean start by defeating St. John Fisher, 3-0, in the opener of the Dottie Zenaty Invitational this morning at Stagg Field. Brockport State then defeated Plymouth State in the day's second match, 5-3.
Springfield 3, St. John Fisher 0
In the first game of the day, Springfield senior midfielder Liz Hurley (Holden, Mass.) led the Pride with a goal and an assist.
It was senior midfielder Kayla Sokol (West Brookfield, Mass.) who scored the game's first goal just 5:18 into the match. Her tally was assisted by Hurley.
Not far beyond that, senior forward Meghan McHugh (Greenfield, Mass.) scored SC's second goal at the 12:57 mark. This time the goal was assisted by senior defender Jenn Califano (Suffern, N.Y.).
The game's final goal was scored by Hurley, unassisted, with 16:56 left in the contest.
Certainly impressing was SC's freshman goalkeeper Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.). Although not extensively tested, Villa turned back everything thrown her way in coming up with the shutout. She was credited with three saves.
For St. John Fisher, freshman goalkeeper Danielle Famolaro (Rome, N.Y.) had 14 saves. On the whole, Springfield outshot St. John Fisher, 23-4.
It was the season opener for both teams. Springfield is already ahead of the game compared to last year when it opened the season at 0-8, including an 0-7 September.
The Pride will play Brockport State in game #2 tomorrow at 1 pm at Stagg Field. St. John Fisher will play in Sunday's first game against Plymouth State at 11 am.
Brockport State 5, Plymouth State 3
In the day's second match, the Golden Eagles of Brockport State opened up a 3-0 lead, but had to hold on for the 5-3 victory as the Panthers came storming back to make it interesting towards the end.
Brockport tallied three goals within the first 12:26 of the contest. Senior midfielder Taryn Rossi (Webster, N.Y.) led the charge, scoring a goal at the four minute mark. The goal was unassisted.
Junior forward Madison Buckley (Liverpool, N.Y.) scored next 9:53 into the match. Buckley's goal was assisted by senior forward Jackie Massoni (Bay Shore, N.Y.).
Then just 1:33 later, junior midfielder Gina Stephan (Clarence, N.Y.) tallied the third marker with 22:24 left in the first half. Junior midfielder Jessica Blind (Webster, N.Y.) added the assist.
With 8:30 left, senior goalkeeper Kasey Schreiner (Hamburg, N.Y.) of Brockport stopped a Plymouth State penalty stroke.
But with 1:48 left in the half, the Panthers finally got on the board when senior forward Olivia Colburn (Lancaster, N.H.) found the back of the net, making it 3-1 at the half.
In the second half, Brockport scored twice to open up what seemed like an insurmountable 5-1 lead. Massoni scored just two minutes and five seconds into the half. Her goal was assisted by senior defender Ashley Elmes (Hopewell Jct., N.Y.).
That was followed by a tally by Buckley with 23:38 left in the game. It was assisted by sophomore forward Abby Eschen (Cazenovia, N.Y.).
But Plymouth State was not done by any means. With 8:29 left, Colburn fired home a long shot to cut the margin to 5-2. Then with 3:49 left, sophomore midfielder Nikki Garvey (Canaan, N.H.) cut the margin to 5-3 with a second straight unassisted goal.
The Panthers kept up the pressure and scored again with 1:48 left, but that goal was disallowed. That proved to be PSU's final hurrah.
For Brockport, Schreiner had four saves. For Plymouth, junior goalkeeper Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) made three stops, including a save on a penalty stroke.
Brockport will next play host Springfield Sunday at 1 pm. In the opener, Plymouth State will take on St. John Fisher at 11 am.