Springfield, Mass. - September 25, 2019 - The Springfield College field hockey team was downed by nationally-ranked Williams College, 6-0, in non-conference action at Stagg Field.
The Ephs, who were ranked 12th in the most recent National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Poll, improved to 5-1 on the season. Springfield which had won its first six home games for the first time since 2006, lost for the first time on Stagg this year to slip to 6-2.
For the game, Williams held a 21-1 advantage in shots and took all 10 of the game's penalty corners. Elizabeth Morehouse (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Gwen Smith (Westfield, Mass.) each played a half in goal for the Pride.
Williams jumped on the scoreboard just 1:55 into the contest following their first penalty corner of the game. With the ball just in front of the goal mouth, Emily Batchelor slipped a pass Emma Tichnor for the game's first goal. Tichnor added another goal with 5:34 remaining in the first half as she finished off a centering pass Simone Veale.
The visitors added to their lead under two minutes into the second quarter when Elizabeth Welch tucked a shot inside the left post thanks to a great look from Shea van den Broek. In the 24th minute, the Ephs later took advantage of a Springfield defensive miscue, which allowed Claire Fitzpatrick to find the back of the cage off another feed from van den Broek.
The visitors tacked on their fifth goal of the at 35:40 when Katie Stineman blasted in a close shot and Welch added the game's final tally less than three minutes later.
Springfield will play its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on Saturday at 11:30 when it takes on 18th-ranked Babson.
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