Springfield, Mass. - April 12, 2017 - Junior attackers Kayla Schroeher (Riverhead, N.Y.) and Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) combined for ten goals, graduate student Bianca Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) had five assists and the Springfield College women's lacrosse team defeated Westfield State, 14-9, at Stagg Field on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference play.
With the win, Springfield College improves to 8-4 on the year, while the Owls are now 7-4 after the setback. Westfield State held a slight 26-25 shot advantage over 60 minutes of play, while the Pride was able to secure 17 draw controls to the Owls' six. Both sides picked up 15 ground balls and were 3-for-6 on free-position opportunities.
In net for Springfield College, senior goalkeeper Gabby Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) registered a career-best 15 saves, while Westfield State's Maria Woodall (Norfolk, Mass.) made seven stops in the loss.
Schroeher finished with six goals and an assist, as Corsano notched four goals on seven shots, while picking up four draw controls. Junior midfielder Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was crucial in the draw, as she pulled down a career-best 10 draw controls, had three ground balls and added a goal and an assist in the win.
The Owls were led by Lucy Barrett (Williamstown, Mass.), who finished with three points including two goals and one assist, while Syd Lambert (Hanover, Mass.) found the back of the net twice.
After Lambert kicked off the games scoring just 28 second into the contest, Springfield College answered with three-straight goals, two from Schroeher and one from Mahoney to make it 3-1, Pride. From there, the Owls scored back-to-back goals to even the game at three, before Springfield College went on a two-goal spurt, including strikes from Schroeher and Corsano to make it 5-3. Both sides traded goals, as Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) and Katie Stallone (Seaford, N.Y.) scored in the final 8:30 of the frame to give the Pride a 7-5 lead at half.
Corsano opened up the second half with back-to-back goals to complete her hat trick, giving the Pride a 9-5 lead, before Westfield State answered with a pair to pull back to within two. With 20:27 to play, Schroeher found the back of the net to spark a 5-0 run for the Pride, including three from the junior, Corsano's fourth, and an unassisted goal in transition from Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.) to give the Pride a 14-7 lead. Westfield State closed the game with a pair of goals late, but Springfield College was able to hold on for the victory.
Up next, Springfield College will play host to Wheaton in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m.