Williamstown, Mass. - September 29, 2010 - Kelly Gallo found the back of the cage with 4:25 remaining in regulation to lift the Springfield College field hockey team to a thrilling 2-1 comeback victory at Williams College on Wednesday evening. The win snaps the Pride's five-game skid as it improves to 3-5 this year.
The Pride opened up a strong offensive first frame with a series of penalty corners coupled with numerous shot attempts on goal. Despite an aggressive start, Springfield's offense was met by Williams' strong defensive line including a number of key saves by senior Eph goalie Katrina Tulla. 23:35 into the half, Ephs made good on a penalty corner attempt when Helena Nannes picked up a rebound from Pride goalie Alison McCarthy's previous save and passed it to Amy McLaughlin, who finished in the circle for a 1-0 advantage.
Springfield's offense picked up the pace with five minutes to spare in the period firing a shot from outside the circle into traffic where Tulla stepped out of the cage to make the stop. Moments later, the loose ball entered back into play and was located, shot, and scored by Pride junior Alexa Carlson unassisted at 29:26 bringing the competition to a 1-1 draw. Springfield led the half with a 6-1 penalty corner edge and 11-6 shot advantage.
Offensively, Williams led the second half tallying ten shots to Springfield's three and topping the Pride's three penalty corners with five for the frame. With twenty minutes remaining in the half, Eph sophomore Cornelia Burleigh made a defensive save momentarily covering for Tulla on a Springfield penalty corner, but William's collective defensive effort wasn't enough to overcome their opponents. The Pride clinched the win with less than five minutes remaining in the competition when Gallo of Springfield found the back of the net at 65:35 for the game winning goal. Despite an increased sense of urgency, William's intensity couldn't overcome the waning clock sealing Springfield's 2-1 victory at 70 minutes.
McCarthy and Tulla each spent the full 70 minutes in the cage tallying four individual saves.
Springfield returns to action on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Wellesley in a key New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. First whistle is slated for 1:00 pm.