Mass. College Lax: Springfield Cruises Past ECSU In Season Opener

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Springfield College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the women’s lacrosse season opener. The Pride cruised to a 19-1 victory:

Springfield, Mass. – February 25, 2014 – The Springfield College women’s lacrosse team posted a dominant showing in their opening game of the 2014 campaign, cruising to a 19-1 win over Eastern Connecticut State on Stagg Field Tuesday afternoon.

Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.) led Springfield with six points on four goals and two helpers, while Jennifer McDonough (Holbrook, N.Y.)found the back of the cage five times. Colleen Keeley (Agawam, Mass.) dished out four assists and Connie Nielsen (Sayville, N.Y.)produced two goals and three assists.

Anne Versprille (Franklin, Mass.) was one of three Springfield goalies to play between the pipes and earned the win as she made one save in 30 minutes of action.

Springfield put together a dominating first half to begin its season as it outshot the visitors, 20-2, en route to scoring 11 first-half goals.Gallo opened up the scoring 6:07 into the game after she got free on a roll dodge along the crease for the first mark of Springfield’s season. Just 2:43 later, Keeley delivered a terrific look inside to McDonough to put the hosts up a pair.

The Pride’s lead increased to 4-0 after Michelle Dorsey (Wilbraham, Mass.) and Nielsen fired home free-position strikes, and with just over 10 minutes to play, Emily Rodgers (Durham, N.H.) found the back of the cage.

Over the next 2:30, Springfield poured in four goals, with Keeley, McDonough, Dorsey, and Gallo all scored for the hosts. Kendall Krafick (Danbury, Conn.) added her first collegiate goal with 1:21 on the clock, and Nielsen added her second with 10 ticks left to head into the half with an 11-0 cushion.

Springfield continued its offensive pressure in the second half, with Gallo opening up the scoring just 1:35 in the stanza. The Pride would go on to score the first eight goals of the half before the Warriors finally found the back of the cage with 1:24 left in regulation. Erin Conn (Moriches, N.Y.) finished an Ashley Wolk (Barrington, R.I.) feed to spoil the Pride’s plan for a shutout.

All told, Springfield owned a 32-7 edge in shots and won 14 of the game’s 22 draw controls. Nielsen led all players with five draw controls, while Heather Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) scooped up four ground balls.

Springfield will play again on Saturday afternoon when it travels to compete against Roger Williams for a 1:00 pm contest.

Mass. College Lax: Springfield Earns Important Win Against Wellesley, 15-7

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Springfield College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the women’s lacrosse game:

Springfield, Mass. – April 13, 2013 – The Springfield College women’s lacrosse team picked up an important conference win on Saturday morning as it defeated Wellesley College, 15-7, on Stagg Field in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) showdown.

Springfield boosts its record to 8-6, 3-2 in league play, while the Blue even its record at 6-6, 1-3 in conference action.

For Springfield, Connie Nielsen tallied four goals, while Michelle Dorsey and Kelly Gallo each recorded hat tricks. Meghan Flangan recorded two goals and an assists, and Jennifer Thomas picked up four ground balls. Anne Versprille was solid between the pipes, registering 11 saves.

Brit Mscisz led Wellesley with four goals, while Meredith Roy snagged a game-high five draw controls. Claire Canty tallied a goal, an assist, and three draw controls, and Tya Logan was credited with seven saves in the loss.

The Pride netted the first two goals of the game on unassisted strikes from Nielsen and Flanagan in the opening 9:06 of the game.

Mscicz answered 21 seconds after Flanagan’s marker with an unassisted goal of her own before Springfield built a comfortable lead with the game’s next four goals. The Pride took advantage of three free-position goals, including two from Dorsey and another from Flanagan, to go along with a tremendous shot from Gallo that stung the top right corner to own a 6-1 advantage with 6:54 to play. Wellesley tacked on the final goal of the first half, with Mscicz converting a Allison Robbins feed towards the crease with 1:43 on the clock.

Neilsen buried two goals in the first 2:29 of the second half as Springfield’s lead grew to 8-2. However, Wellelsey answered with goals from Roy and Mscisz to creep within four, forcing the Pride into a timeout.

Out of the break, Springfield seized control for good, scoring four unanswered and six of the game’s next seven goals, en route to a 14-5 lead with 5:04 on the clock. Five different players found the back of the cage in the spurt, with Colleen Keeley’s goal capping off the surge.

Mscisz and Robbins sandwiched another Gallo goal in the final 4:30 to wrap up the day’s scoring.

The Prie finished the game with a 30-23 edge in shots, while both team won 12 draws. Springfield committed just eight turnovers in the contest, compared to the Blue’s 16.

Springfield will play its final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday evening when it hosts Connecticut College at 6:00 pm.

Mass. College Lax: Wheaton’s Second Half Surge Lifts Lyons Past Springfield

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the women’s lacrosse game. The Lyons used a second half surge to defeat Springfield College for the first time since March 2007:

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women’s lacrosse team erased a 7-3 deficit in the second half with eight unanswered goals to rally past Springfield College, 11-7, on Saturday afternoon at Keefe Field in New England Women’s and Men’s Lacrosse (NEWMAC) action. The Lyons earned their first win over the Pride since a 10-9 overtime triumph on March 31, 2007 at home.

Sophomore Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) and junior Charlotte De Santis (Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy) tied for the game-high in goals with three apiece. Senior Amy Moreira (Bristol, R.I./Mount Hope) added two markers and three draw controls. Moreira now ranks third all-time in program history with 128 draw controls surpassing Alexa Jurczak ’08 who compiled 126 during her career at Wheaton.

Junior Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) added two tallies while freshman Mia Cambi (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) registered one goal and two assists.

Springfield freshman Connie Nielsen (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) and sophomore Michelle Dorsey (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug) potted markers apiece. Juniors Kerstin Lindrooth (Bryn Athyn, Pa./Academy of the New Church), Emily Fowler (Branford, Conn./Branford) and Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass./Westfield) all chipped in with one goal.

Down 7-3 with 16:20 remaining in the second half, Cambi sparked the offense as the freshman defender factored into three of the Lyons next four goals. Cambi ripped a feed from De Santis into the back of the net at 14:42 to cut into the deficit at 7-4 and Mills followed with an unassisted tally moments later at 14:09.

Cambi then orchestrated back-to-back markers to even the score at 7-7. Cambi, positioned behind the cage on both goals, led Sharick into a wide open scoring area on both occasions with two passes away from the defense for easy scores. Moreira gave Wheaton the lead for good at the 11:16 mark with her tenth goal of the season on a nice set up from freshman Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy). Sharick pushed the advantage to 9-7 at 6:08, De Santis added an insurance goal at 3:23 and Moreira sealed the victory with the final tally of the game at 1:03.

Lyons’ sophomore goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) turned aside a game-high 11 shots to push her record to 4-2 on the season. Junior Anne Versprille (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) made ten saves for the Pride.

Wheaton won the draw controls matchup, 14-6, and outworked Springfield defensively in ground balls (23-22) and clear attempts (15-for-18/13-for-17).

The Lyons (4-3, 2-0 NEWMAC) hosts Gordon College on Thursday, April 4 for a non-conference matchup at 4 p.m. The Pride (5-5, 0-2 NEWMAC) welcome Babson College to Stagg Field for a NEWMAC tilt on Saturday, April 6 at noon.

Mass. College Lax: Williams Snaps Springfield’s 4-Game Winning Streak

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Springfield College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the women’s lacrosse game. the Pride, which started the season on a four-game winning streak, fell to Williams College, 9-2. Here’s the recap:

Springfield, Mass. – March 12, 2013 – Despite jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, the Springfield College women’s lacrosse team surrendered the next nine goals to lose for the first time this season to visiting Williams, 9-2, on a rainy Tuesday at Stagg Field.

Williams improves to 2-0, while the Pride drop to 4-1.

Both Michelle Dorsey and Connie Nielsen scored the Pride, while Ellie Getchel had a standout game defensively, causing eight turnovers. Anne Versprille was tested all night between the pipes, making 14 stops for the home squad. The Pride struggled on its clears all night, going just 13-for-28, including just 5-for-14 in the second half.

Williams held a 33-12 advantage in shots, including an 18-3 cushion in the second stanza. Rebecca McGovern led all players with five points on two goals and three helpers. Nancy Palmer, Sam Weinstein, and Emily Whicker each scored twice, while Weinstein caused five turnovers and McGovern won four draws. Ali Piltch needed to make six saves to earn the win.

The Pride opened up a 2-0 lead, scoring a pair of goals 11:43 thanks to a free-position goal from Nielsen and an unassisted strike from Dorsey.

However, Williams closed out the half scoring four unanswered goals to head into the break with a 4-2 advantage. Weinstein kick started the run, scoring after she caused a turnover on a Springfield cleary at 17:32, before Palmer converted on the crease off a great look from McGovern at 14:19.

Goals from Whicker and Bridget Malicki at 5:09 and 2:31 completed the first-half scoring as Williams was able to take advantage of the Pride converting just 8 of its 14 clear attempts.

McGovern continued Williams scoring burst, netting a free position goal just 1:06 into the second stanza. The Ephs put the game away for good with three goals in a 4:44 span as markers from Weinstein, McGovern, and Palmer put the visitors up 8-2 with 12:42 left in regulation. Whicker tacked on the game’s final goal at 4:09.

Springfield will next play when it travels to Florida for Spring Break. The Pride will play Oswego on Sunday at 10:00 am before battling William Smith on Tuesday, March 19.

Mass. College Lax: Springfield Tops Roger Williams, Improves To 4-0

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Springfield College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the women’s lacrosse game against Roger Williams. The Pride defeated the Hawks, 17-5, and improved to 4-0 on the season. Here’s the recap:

Springfield, Mass. – March 10, 2013 – The Springfield College women’s lacrosse team outscored visiting Roger Williams 12-3 over the final 33:05 of the contest to cruise to a 17-5 victory on Sunday afternoon in non-conference action at Stagg Field.

The Pride continue one of the finest starts in program history, improving to 4-0 on the year. The Hawks dropped their second straight to fall to 1-2.

Allie Davis led all players with six points on four goals and two assists, while Michelle Dorsey added three goals and an assist to go along with three draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers. Kelly Gallo netted a hat trick and Colleen Keeley recorded a goal and two helpers in the second half. Anne Versprille played just over 47 minutes between the pipes, earning the win as she gave up three goals while making three saves. Carley Elkin made her first collegaite appearance, making two saves in the final 12:24.

The Hawks were led by the duo of Kelsey Rahilly and Kristen Pingree, who each posted three points in the loss. Mackenzie Logan and Danielle Neagle each had three draw controls, and Justine Sullivan made six saves in goal.

Davis had a dominant showing in the opening 30 minutes of play, totaling three goals and two assists for home squad. Springfield opened up a 5-0 advantage in the opening 20:23, using two markers from Davis, and strikes from Dorsey, Meghan Flanagan, and Danielle Kaprielian.

The Hawks scored their first goal of the afternoon after Neagle stuck a shot on the run into the lower corner with 6:08. RWU got within 5-2 on a nice finish from Jessica Searl just 3:08 later, only to have Dorsey and Davis close out the first half scoring to give Springfield a 7-2 advantage heading into the locker room.

Gallo scored just 22 seconds into the second half to jump start a run of seven-straight goals by the Pride to begin the stanza. Rahilly would eventually score the Hawks first goal in nearly 15 minutes on an unassisted strike at the 18:36 mark. Mary Kate Jaeger’s first career goal gave Springfield its largest cushion at 17-3 with 5:31 on the clock, but goals from Rahilly and Pingree in the final 1:46 closed out the afternoon’s scoring.

Springfield will play its final game before heading to Florida for Spring Break when it hosts Williams on Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm.