South Hadley, Mass. - October 1, 2019 - The Springfield College field hockey team was clipped by Mount Holyoke, 2-1, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest at the MHC Turf and Track Complex on Tuesday night.
Playing its first road game since September 7, Springfield dropped its third-consecutive game to slip to 6-4, 0-2 in conference play. The win boosted Mount Holyoke's record to 4-5, 1-2. The hosts owned a 16-12 cushion in shots on the night and held a slight nine to six edge in penalty corners.
Elizabeth Morehouse (North Attleboro, Mass.) had four saves in goal for Springfield, while Morgan Turner (Chester, N.J.) was credited with five saves to earn the win.
Springfield had a great scoring chance with under two minutes left in the opening quarter after Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.) got free for a point-blank chance, only to have Phoebe Aaronson (Mountain View, Calif.) deliver a critical defensive save to keep scoreless. The Lyons outshot Springfield 7-2 in the second quarter and nearly found the back of the cage when Margaret Robb (Summit, N.J.) lifted a shot over the Pride's defense with 15 seconds remaining in the half, only to have it connect with the post.
After neither team scored in the first 45 minutes of action, the teams combined for three goals in a 4:37 span to start the fourth quarter. Mount Holyoke broke into the scoring column just 56 seconds into the stanza when Robb ripped a shot past Morehouse to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage. Springfield answered right back less than three minutes later when Carly Torrance (Concord, N.H.) blasted a shot at the cage from outside the arch, which was initially saved by Turner, but Taylor Low (Longmeadow, Mass.) cleaned up the rebound to tie the game.
However, Robb would score the eventual game winner 45 seconds later off a restart on another unassisted marker. Robb would account for Mount Holyoke's only two shots of the quarter, but that's all the hosts would need to earn the 2-1 conference win.
On Saturday, Springfield will travel to WPI for a conference game at 11 am.
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