Springfield, Mass. - February 28, 2013 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team scored seven unanswered goals in the second half to defeat visiting Eastern Connecticut State, 13-8, on Stagg Field Thursday evening.
It was the season opener for both teams, as the Pride improved to 1-0 and the Warriors dropped to 0-1.
Michelle Dorsey took over the game in the second half, and finished the contest with four points on three goals and a helper to go along with six draw controls. Kelly Gallo added three goals and an assists, while Kerstin Lindrooth added three goals and three draw controls and three caused turnovers. In goal, Anne Versprille made eight saves for the win.
For the Warriors, Daniela Marchitto led the way with four goals and five ground balls. Christina Rully had a goal and an assist, while Rachel Meotti was credited with a team-best four draw controls. Haley Helsin took the loss, making seven saves in the contest.
The Pride held a 30-20 advantage in shots and won 14 of the 23 draw controls.
Springfield jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 3:30 on unassisted strikes from Gallo and Lindrooth. ECSU responded with Marchitto's first of the year, as she bullied through the Springfield defense before netting a man-down strike at the 20:36 mark.
The Pride strung together two unanswered goals, both from Allie Davis, to gain a three-goal cushion with 16:50 to play. Alexa Foldy slipped in a shot after getting free from behind the cage, only to have Gallo stick a free-position goal with 12:45 on the clock.
Consecutive free-position goals from Marchitto and Taylor Shannon made it one-goal contest with 7:35 left in regulation, but Lindrooth tacked on a free-position goal that found the top left corer as the Pride headed into the half with a 6-4 lead.
The visitors stormed out of the half to even the game at six on goals from Marchitto and Rully with 18:39 left in regulation. After head coach Kristen Mullady called a timeout, Dorsey took control, scoring consecutive strikes, before adding an assist to give the Pride a 9-6 lead at the 15:53 mark.
Lindrooth found the back of the cage for the third time just 25 seconds later as the Pride eventually strung together seven unanswered to take a commanding 13-6. The Warriors tacked on the final two goals of the game to wrap up the five-goal margin for the Pride.
Springfield will play again on Monday at Keene State in a contest beginning at 4:00 pm.