Springfield improved to 4-1 with the win, while the Eagles, who advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament a season ago, dropped to 0-4 in the 2018 season.
Senior Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) amassed four assists on the day to bring her career total to 32, setting a new Springfield College record. Nusbaum passed the former mark of 31 that was set by Sarah Kelly between 1996 and 1999. Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) and Kyra Ashe (Longmeadow, Mass.) also had career days as Conley netted a career-high four goals and Ashe delivered a hat trick in her first collegiate start.
Following the strong start from Ashe, the Pride out shot the visiting Eagles 19-3 in the second half alone. Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) made five saves between the pipes en route to the victory. The strong defensive unit of Hannah Boylan (Mansfield, Mass.) and Morgan Bronk (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) helped the Pride hold Husson to a total of eight shots on the day including just three in the second half.
Ashe opened up the scoring just 3:55 into the game after taking a feed from Nusbaum at the five yard mark and knocking it home. After Husson answered back to tie it on a goal from Allison Leighton at 9:12, Ashe netted an assist from Conley when she slotted in her bid into the bottom right corner just 45 seconds later. Conley would follow up with a pair of goals at the 15:03 and 25:31 marks to put the Pride up 4-2 going into the half.
Starting off the second half of play, Ashe would notch her third goal of the contest on a feed from Nusbaum and Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.) at 44:45 before Conley pumped in consecutive goals just 17 seconds left at 57:30.
Nusbaum struck for a goal at 60:16, and at the 61:16 mark, the senior sent a pass into the crease which would prove to be the 32nd and record-breaking assist after a marker by Ashley Frank (Somerset, Mass.). Frank would score again just six minutes later to mark the second time in the last three games that they have scored in the double digits for goals.
Springfield will continue their homestand as they host Saint Joseph's College from Maine on Tuesday, Sept. 18th, at 8:00 PM on Stagg Field.
Photo by John Inkel