Springfield, Mass. - September 16, 2010 - Despite two early goals from SC freshman Kelly Gallo, the Connecticut College field hockey team rattled off the final six goals of the game en route to a 6-2 victory over Springfield College on a rainy Thursday afternoon.
The win drops Springfield to 2-2 on the year, while the Camels improve to 2-0.
The game couldn't have started better for the Pride as Gallo pumped in a pair of goals within of a minute of each other to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage. Gallo's first strike came at the 10:17 mark after she slammed home a one-timer off the pass from Kayla Sokol. Thirty-one seconds later, Gallo swatted an Alexa Carlson feed past the Connecticut College keeper and the Pride was up 2-0.
However, from there it was all Connecticut College as it scored the final three goals of the opening 35 minutes to take a 3-2 lead at halftime. Britt Fitzgerald started the scoring after Abby Hine flipped a pass to Fitzgerald on the left side of the goal. Fitzgerald pushed it home to make it a 2-1 game. Less than two minutes later, Hine would get a goal of her own, ripping a shot from the middle off of an entry pass from Hanna Wagner, knotting the game at two goals apiece. The Camels’ went on to take the lead for good on the eventual game-winner from Wagner herself. The junior forward put back a rebound after Springfield goalie Alison McCarthy saved a drive from Kat Barker.
The Camels wasted no time scoring in the second half as they struck just 1:56 into the frame. This time, Jess Lewis ripped the ball from the left side towards the net, where Wagner redirected it past McCarthy for her second goal of the game. Barker and Hine closed out the scoring for the visitors, with goals in the 43rd and 55th minutes respectively, as the visitors won by a four-goal margin.
Hine led the way in the contest with two goals and two assists, while Wagner added two goals and an assist. Aimee Rich made five avess to earn the win for Connecticut College, while McCarthy posted five saves in goal for SC.
Connecticut College held a 15-12 edge in shots and owned a 9-6 advantage in penalty corners.
The Pride will play its fifth-consecutive home game on Wednesday evening when it hosts local-rival Amherst at 7:00 pm on Stagg Field.