Keene, N.H. - September 12, 2013 - Both Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.) and Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y.) scored twice, however the Springfield College field hockey team could not recover from an early 4-0 deficit as it lost to host Keene State, 6-5, in non-conference play Friday afternoon.
The setback drops Springfield to 1-2, while the Owls boost their record to 5-0.
Keene State was led by junior Melissa Habelow (Belmont, Mass.), who notched had two goals in the victory.
Keene State scored early and often in the first half, taking a 3-0 goals in the first 11 minutes of the game. Set up in front, freshman Kayla Renaud (Somers, Conn.) gave KSC a 1-0 lead at the 29:28 mark. Two minutes later, Hablelow scored the first of her two goals on a corner to make it 2-0. Senior Katelyn Simula (Bridgewater, N.H.) competed the scoring spree when she scored on a rebound off a corner three minutes later to up the score to 3-0. Junior Julia Forgione (Windham, N.H.) scored her first goal of the season on a deflection at the side of the net to stake the Owls to a 4-0 lead.
Gallo scored the first of her two goals on penalty strokes to cut the Owls lead to 4-1 at the half.
KSC switch goalies at the start of the second half with freshman Nicole DeFilippo (Newton, N.H.) replacing sophomore Chloe Audesse (Goffstown, N.H.). Cabral ignited the Pride's comeback by scoring a pair of goals in a 6:28 span to make it a one goal (4-3) game.
Hablelow answered with a hard drive off a corner for her second goal of the game and third of the season to give the Owls a two goal (5-3) cushion. Just two minutes later, Gallo got her second goal on a penalty stroke to make it 5-4.
Senior Lyndsie Rabenius (North Hampton, N.H.) came right back less than a minute later to give KSC a two goal advantage (6-4) with a hard shot from just inside the circle that found the corner of the net. That goal proved to be crucial. Returning into the Owls' goal, Audesse made a couple of key saves down the stretch, including one on Gallo in front, to keep the Pride at bay. Sophomore Libby Hart (Chatham, Mass.) scored on a scramble following a corner to cut the lead to 6-5 with eight minutes to go.
That would be as close as the Pride would get as the Owls played keep away down the stretch to hold on for the win. Keene State had a slim 19-16 advantage in shots and had the better of corner chances 11-8.
Audesse finished the game with eight saves while DeFilippo didn't get credit for a save in her 8:46 between the pipes. Sophomore Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.) stopped six shots for Springfield.
The Pride will play against next Tuesday against Connecticut College in non-league action beginning at 7:00 pm.