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: Saturday Afternoon/Evening Scoreboard

By Matt Noonan 

There were some very important conference games that occurred this afternoon and below is our afternoon and evening roundup.

Men’s Lacrosse 

Yale 11, Harvard 10 – Despite two late tallies each by Ian Ardrey and Jack Walker, the Crimson still couldn’t complete their comeback as the Bulldogs defeated Harvard in Cambridge. With the loss, Harvard’s season concludes with a 6-8 overall mark.

No. 7 Merrimack 16, Assumption 11 – Greg MeLaugh tied a school-record with nine goals in three quarters as Warriors defeat the Greyhounds and claimed a share of the regular season Northeast-10 crown with Adelphi.

Roger Williams 9, Wentworth 8 (OT) – Ian Powers scored the game-winner 3:08 in overtime to lift the Hawks past the Leopards in the first round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tournament. With the win, Roger Williams advances to Wednesday’s semifinals against Western New England. Alec Paradis paced Wentworth with five points (three goals, two assists).

Norwich 9, Mount Ida 7 – Ian Thomas halted the Mustangs rally with his third strike of the afternoon at 1:20 in the fourth as the Cadets defeated Mount Ida and claimed the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crown. Nick YacuzziMichael Markevich and Phil Pichel netted two goals, respectively, for Mount Ida.

No. 9 Tufts 14, Bate 10 – The Jumbos outscored the Bobcats, 7-2, in the third as Tufts defeated Bates and secured a spot in next weekend’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals. Chris Schoehut led the Powder Blue and White with five goals, while Andrew Fiamengo finished with four goals.

No. 6 Middlebury 19, Amherst 9 – Jon Broome and Scott Redmond each scored two goals in the opening frame, which provided the Panthers the lead for good as Middlebury defeated Amherst and punched its ticket to the NESCAC semifinals. Devin Acton led Amherst with three goals.

UMass Dartmouth 11, Plymouth State 6 – Dennis Healy recorded four points (three goals, one assist), while Justin Lawless and Todd Davis each netted two strikes as the Corsairs defeated the Panthers.

Women’s Lacrosse 

University of New England 11, Gordon 10 – Hannah Tavella‘s 63rd goal of the season at 6:52 in the second lifted the Nor’easters past the Scots in the first round of the CCC tournament. With the win, UNE advances to Wednesday’s semifinals against Endicott College. Jessica Castelline led Gordon with six points (four goals, two assists).

Curry 14, Roger Williams 12 – The Colonels outscored the Hawks, 9-2, in the second half as Curry defeated Roger Williams and secured a date with Western New England on Wednesday in the CCC semifinals. Mel Brickley led Curry with five strikes, while Haley Carey and Deanna Monfredo each finished with hat tricks.

Babson 11, Wheaton 8 – Jameson Sprang netted the go-ahead goal with 5:30 remaining in the second as Beavers defeated the Lyons and punched their ticket to New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship. Charlotte De Santis led Wheaton with five points (three goals, two assists), while Sprang finished with a hat trick.

Springfield 14, Mount Holyoke 9 – Michelle DorseyColleen Keeley and Meghan Flanagan each recorded a hat trick as the Pride defeated the Lyons in the NEWMAC semifinals. Mount Ida’s Molly Macdonald led all scorers with four strikes.

No. 1 Trinity 12, Tufts 8 – First-year Molly Cox scored a career-high four goals as the Bantams defeated the Jumbos and secured a spot in next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals. Kerry Eaton led Tufts with three strikes.

No. 8 Colby 11, Amherst 3 – The Mules outscored the Lord Jeffs, 8-2, in the second half, which helped them secure a first round win the NESCAC tournament and spot in the semifinals. Caroline HollidayElizabeth Ludlow and Hillary Densen each scored one goal for Amherst.

Worcester State 14, Fitchburg State 13 (OT) – Jackie Connors netted two of her four goals during the extra session as the Lancers defeated the Falcons in their final regular season contest. Jessica Bartlett and Lindsey White paced Fitchburg State with five tallies, respectively.

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: 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.