Northampton, Mass. - October 12, 2019 - In a rematch of last year's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Semifinal, the Springfield College field hockey team rallied past Smith, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon.
Springfield was able to snap its four-game slide as it improved to 7-5, 1-3 in conference action. The Pioneers dipped to 3-9, 1-3.
Smith owned a 13-10 advantage in shots for the game and took six of the game's nine penalty corners. Between the pipes, Springfield's Elizabeth Morehouse (North Attleboro, Mass.) made four saves to gain the win.
The Pioneers opened up the scoring in the eighth minute off a strike Vivian Nelson and would go into the half leading by a 1-0 margin. Springfield evened the game up at the 41:29 mark of the third quarter when Kirsten Oliver (Vernon Center, N.Y.) knocked in an unassisted marker, only to the hosts use a goal from Morgan Handwerger as time expired at the end of the stanza to regain a 2-1 cushion.
Springfield dominated the final 15 minutes of play, outshooting Smith by a 7-2 margin. The Pride tied the game up just over three minutes into the fourth as Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) got free in transition and blistered a shot from the left side of the circle into the back of the cage. Under two minutes later, Emma Wesoloski (South Deerfield, Mass.) scored what would prove the be the game winner, as she knocked in a rebound off Conley's initial bid following a penalty corner.
After three games on the road, Springfield will return to Stagg Field for non-conference play when it hosts Trinity at 4:00 pm on Tuesday.
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