Women’s Lacross Falls to No. 3 Amherst

Springfield, Mass. – April 17, 2014 - Despite a great defensive effort from the Springfield College women’s lacrosse team against No. 3-ranked Amherst College on Thursday night, the Lord Jeffs were able to outlast the Pride thanks to a five-goal second half, leaving Stagg Field with an 8-2 victory.

With the loss, the Pride falls to 7-8 on the season, while the Lord Jeffs improve to an unblemished 13-0 record.

Senior goalkeeper Anne Versprille (Franklin, Mass.) made six saves and took the loss, while Amherst’s Christy Forrest (Madison, Conn.) took the victory, making two saves on seven Springfield shots.

To open the scoring, Amherst senior attack Krista Zsitvay (New Vernon, N.J.) converted a free-position shot to give the Lord Jeffs a 1-0 edge. Just 54 seconds later, Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.) netted her team-leading 38th goal of the year to even the score at one.

Priscilla Tyler (Providence, R.I.) then scored back-to-back goals to give the Lord Jeffs a two-goal lead heading into half time. Opening the second stanza, Zsitvay picked up her second tally of the game, followed by a pair of strikes from Rachel Passarelli (Hamden, Conn.) to push the Lord Jeffs’ lead to five.

At the 19:05 mark, Connie Nielsen (Sayville, N.Y.) pumped home her 24th goal of the season to cut the deficit to four.

Tyler then picked up her third and fourth goals in the closing minutes of the game, icing the 8-2 victory.

The Pride will be back in action when it closes out its regular season against Wellesley College at home on Saturday, April 19. The game is set to begin at 3 p.m.