Springfield, Mass. - November 5, 2019 - The Springfield College field hockey team prevailed over Wellesley, 2-1, in the 2019 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Quarterfinals on Tuesday afternoon on Stagg Field.
The fourth-seeded Pride improved to 11-8 with the win and advance to take on top-seeded Babson on Thursday. Wellesley's season came to a close with a 10-9 record. Each team totaled 12 shots and six penalty corners on the day.
It was a historic win for Springfield College head coach Melissa Sharpe, who earned her 200th career victory in her 16th season on the sidelines for the Pride. With the victory, Sharpe became the 26th Division III field hockey coach to reach the 200 win milestone.
Kyra Ashe (Longmeadow, Mass.) equaled the same amount of goals she had scored all season, as she netted a pair of strikes in the win, while Elizabeth Morehouse (North Attleboro, Mass.) was outstanding in goal and made eight stops. For the Blue, Janelle Sullivan (Philadelphia, Pa.) was credited with six saves.
Following a scoreless first quarter, Ashe opened up the scoring in the 24th minute after classmate Gabby Inkel (South Windsor, Conn.) got the Pride into the offensive third when she carried the ball 30 yards down the left flank. Inkel blistered a pass into the circle that Ashe collected before spinning off her defender to rip a shot into the back of the cage.
The Pride doubled its lead just over four minutes into the second half as Ashe buried a rebound off the pads of Sullivan following a bid by Kirsten Oliver (Vernon Center, N.Y.) that was initially stopped. Less than five minutes later, Wellesley answered back off a penalty corner when Carson Dennis (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) blasted home a shot from the top of the circle to make it a one-score game.
Wellesley continued to make an offensive push, but Morehouse was up to the task, highlighted by a remarkable save on Hannah Maisano (Gambrills, Md.) in the 57th minute, as the Pride earned a spot in the conference semifinals for the third-consecutive season.
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