New London, Conn. - March 27, 2014 - Despite a two-goal effort from Connie Nielsen (Sayville, N.Y.), the Springfield College women's lacrosse team fell to host Connecticut College, 11-4 on Thursday.
Springfield scored three goals in the final 7:45, but it wasn't enough as Connecticut came away with the win. The Pride fall to 4-5 on the season while Connecticut College improves to 4-4 with the win.
Emily Fowler (Brandford, Conn.) scored Springfield's second goal with 7:45 left on the clock to make it an 11-2 game. Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.) notched a goal with 2:56 to go and Nielsen scored her second of the day just 24 seconds later to make it an 11-4 final.
Anne Versprille (Franklin, Mass.) made five saves in goal for the Pride.
Cecily Cushman (Marblehead, Mass.) had a hat-trick with three goals scored to lead the Camels in the victory. Tina Balzotti (Duxbury, Mass.) chipped in with two goals while assisting on two others. Junior Meag Irvine (Westwood, Mass.) scored twice for the Camels.
Lowell Abbott (Manchester, Mass.) had a goal and an assist for the Camels while fellow captain Izzy Marx (Ridgewood, N.J.) finished with three assists. Sophomore Allisa Dalpe (East Falmouth, Mass.) collected eight of her 10 saves in the second stanza for the Camels.
Marx assisted Abbott and Balzotti on the first two goals of the game. Then with 13:18 remaining, Charlotte McAuley (Summit, N.J.) put in a runner that vaulted the Camels out to a 3-0 advantage.
With 10:50 left in the half, the Camels tacked on another goal in an unsettled situation. Abbott pushed the ball ahead to Irvine, and the junior flicked one in to make it a 4-0 contest.
Nielsen got the Pride on the scoreboard with 2:22 remaining. However, Valle responded when she tallied with just four seconds left in the half and the Camels were on top 5-1 at the break.
The Camels scored the first six goals of the second half. Balzotti scored just 54 seconds into the half when she elevated to collect an entry pass and rifled home her second score of the night. Cushman scored three of the next four goals before Irvine capped the rally with 8:52 remaining in regulation to put the Camels on top 11-1.
The Camels held a 21-to-16 advantage in shots while the Pride carried a 13-to-10 edge in ground balls.
Next up, Springfield will host MIT on Saturday for an 11:00 a.m. start on Stagg Field.