Orange, Calif. - March 11, 2018 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team played its first of two games on the west coast on Sunday, and the Pride defeated Chapman, 13-6, at Wilson Field.
With the win, the Pride is now 4-1 on the year, while Chapman falls to 0-6. Springfield College had 32 shots over the course of 60 minutes compared to Chapman's 16, while the Pride also won the ground ball battle, 37-20. Chapman held a slight 11-10 edge on the draw, but was hampered by 26 turnovers during the contest.
Leading the Pride offensively was Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.), as the senior attacker notched six points including three goals and three assists, while Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) came away with a game-high four goals on the day. Defensively, Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.) was impressive as she caused a team-best five turnovers, while also scooping up four ground balls. Junior defender Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.) also secured a game-high seven draw controls. In net, sophomore goalkeeper Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) had five stops and earned her fourth win of the season.
Leading the Panthers was Stacey Zuppa (Centennial, Colo.) with three points on a goal and two assists, while Danelle Lucero (Tustin, Calif.) and Alexandra Callaway (Princeton, N.J.) registered two goals in the setback. In net, Taylor Hextrum (Santa Rosa, Calif.) finished with 13 saves.
Springfield College got on the board just 3:00 into the game when Steidler finished a pass from Corsano, before Callaway answered with a goal on a feed from Zuppa just 1:28 later to make it 1-1 at the 25:32 mark of the first half. From there, the two sides traded goals once again, with the Pride's goal coming from Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.), before Springfield College ended the half on a six-goal run, including markers from Corsano and Nusbaum in a span of 1:03, before Corsano notched her second of the game at the 14:43 mark to give the maroon and white a 5-2 advantage.
With 10:34 on the clock, Julia Bireley (Franklin, Mass.) scored unassisted to make it 6-2, before Steidler buried another with 5:28 left in the half, forcing a score of 7-2. Wrapping up the frame, Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.) buried a feed from Corsano with 1:22 to play, giving the Pride an 8-2 lead at the break.
Nusbaum scored 5:24 into the second half to push the Pride's lead to seven, before Springfield strung together three goals in 2:02 to make it 12-2 with 17:17 to play, as Steidler, Schroeher and Corsano all found the back of the net. Chapman went on a three-goal run of its own to make it 12-5 with 9:08 to play, but Steidler would convert a free-position chance to end the run at the 4:23 mark to make it 13-5. Zuppa found the back of the net with 2:48 remaining, but the Pride was able to hang on for the 13-6 victory.
Up next, the Pride will take on No. 22 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. EDT.