Springfield, Mass. - October 5, 2017 - Led by a career night for senior forward Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) the Springfield College field hockey team defeated Bridgewater State, 6-2, in non-conference play on Thursday evening at Stagg Field. Kennedy went off for a career-best seven points including three goals and one assist.
With her eight points on Thursday, Kennedy became just the fifth Springfield College field hockey student-athlete since 1980 to record 100 career points, and first student-athlete to accomplish this feat since Kelly Gallo '14, who finished her career with 112 points.
With the win, Springfield College is now 6-5 on the year while Bridgewater State falls to 3-6 overall. Springfield College held a dominant 42-14 shot advantage over 70 minutes of play, and was also awarded nine penalty corners to the Bears' four.
In net for the Pride, Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) recorded nine saves, including eight in the first half to pick up her sixth win of the year, while her counterpart, Allison Chappell (Raynham, Mass.) made 22 stops on the evening.
Springfield College got on the board first with 19:28 to play in the first half when Morgan Bronk (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) sent a penalty corner to Kennedy, who fired from the top of the arch and into the back of the net to make it 1-0 Pride. Bridgewater State quickly countered with a goal from Samantha Hayes (Norwood, Mass.), her seventh of the season, just 2:40 later.
The Pride regained its one-goal advantage with 6:36 to play in the stanza as Kennedy received a long pass from Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.), before the senior stopped the pass, turned and snuck a shot past Chappell for her team-leading ninth goal of the year.
Springfield College pushed its lead to a pair again just 4:56 into the second half when Dani Sweet (Charlton, Mass.) drove to the middle before sliding a pass to Kennedy, who took a shot which was saved by Chappell, but the ball bounced over the junior goalkeeper and landed on the stick of Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.), who converted for her sixth goal of the season to make it 3-1.
The Bears pulled back to within one with when Janet Maher (Mansfield, Mass.) picked up a loose ball in the crease area and buried a shot past Drake to make it 3-2, Pride, with 21:37 to play. Springfield College made it 4-2 with 10:01 to play in the game as Kennedy blasted one on cage, which was saved, but Conley pounced on the rebound and pushed one across the line to help the Pride regain its two-goal advantage, before Kennedy scored her third of the game with 8:18 remaining to make it 5-2, Pride.
Springfield College finished off the game's scoring with 1:24 left as Taylor Field (Eastham, Mass.) picked up a loose ball and rocketed home a shot for her first-career goal, sealing the 6-2 win for the Pride.
Springfield College will return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday, October 7 when it will travel to Smith College for a 1 p.m. contest with the Pioneers.