Springfield, Mass. - September 12, 2019 - The Springfield College field hockey team earned its third-consecutive win as Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) found the back of the cage just 3:22 in overtime to lift her squad past Worcester State, 3-2, in non-conference play on Thursday night.
Springfield has now won three-straight games to improve to 4-1 on the year, while the Lancers lost for the first time in 2019 and dropped to 4-1.
The Pride held a 13-10 advantage in shots for the game, including taking the only three shots in the overtime session. Both teams concluded regulation with five penalty corners, but it was Springfield's sixth of the night that proved to be the deciding factor.
Playing an overtime game for the second time in its last three outings, Springfield was awarded a penalty corner just over three minutes into the extra session. Taylor Low (Longmeadow, Mass.) inserted the ball to Conley, who made no mistake with her bid as she ripped a shot into the far corner to give the Pride the victory.
Following a scoreless first quarter in which the teams combined for just one shot, Springfield pumped in the game's first goal at the 16:56 mark as Conley got her stick on a deflected cross. The lead was short lived as the Lancers answered right back, taking advantage of a Springfield miscue on the back line which led to an unassisted strike by Sophia Monopoli just under three minutes later.
Worcester State would take the lead with 6:51 left in the third quarter after Rachel Hopkins took a centering pass from Monopoli and slotted home a goal underneath Elizabeth Morehouse (North Attleboro, Mass.). However, thanks to an incredible individual effort from Bronk, Springfield tied the game up with 8:11 left in regulation. The junior carried the ball 50 yards down the right side before hammering a shot past a charging Jess Hopkins. Both goalies finished the game with four saves.
Springfield will not play again until Tuesday, September 17 when it hosts Eastern Connecticut at 4:00 pm.
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