Springfield, Mass. - April 3, 2021 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse program picked up a 16-14 victory over Wheaton College on Saturday afternoon on Stagg Field.
The victory pushes the Pride to 2-0 on the season while the Lyons now hold a 2-1 record on the year. For the game, Springfield held a 17-15 edge in draw controls, while Wheaton owned a 34-30 cushion in shots. Springfield limited the Lyons to just 12-of-22 on clears, but committed 24 turnovers themselves.
Gabby Fogg (Wells, Maine) led the way for the Pride setting career-highs in goals (5) and draw controls (10). First-year midfielder Maddy Roy (Wilbraham, Mass.) and senior attack Taylor Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) each notched four goals. Colleen Browne (Westford, Mass.) denied 12 shots en route to her second victory of the season.
The Lyons were led by Jessie Kilburn, who finished with five goals and six draw controls while Avonlea LeBeau and Danielle Trudeau each scored a pair for the visitors. Jena Caseman finished the game with nine saves.
The opening 30 minutes of play featured 18 goals and 36 shots between the two squad. Less than a minute into the contest, Roy was on the receiving end of a feed from Pichel to give the Pride an early 1-0 lead, but the Lyons responded as Lebeau curled to the cage to make the score 1-1 with 28:23 remaining. At the 27-minute mark, Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.) forced a turnover and found a cutting Pichel to give the Pride the 2-1 lead, but the Lyons continued to respond with back-to-back goals as Brooke Harvey escaped a double team, at 25:12, and dropped in a strike to even the score at 2-2. The back-and-forth affair which eventually lead to a pair of goals from Casey Kaplan and Maggie Dymes as the visitors owned an 8-6 lead with 11:02 remaining left in the first half. After a goal from Fogg at 10:24, Sarnacki pumped in a goal through contact to even the score at 8-8 with 8:09 remaining in the half. The Lyons would take a 9-8 after a Trudeau free position strike with 6:16 to go in the first frame, only to have another Pichel-Roy connection at 2:30 allow the teams to go into the half tied at 9-9.
Pichel had a tremendous start to the second half, netting three goals in the opening seven-plus minutes to give Springfield a 12-11 advantage as Wheaton whistled for a timeout with 22:53 remaining in regulation. The Lyons would even the score at 13 a piece after a free position strike from Kilburn at the 20:08 mark. From there, the Pride would secure a 15-13 cushion with 17:26 on the clock after a goals from Fogg and Allison Delmonte (Bridgewater, Mass.). Wheaton was able to score in transition despite playing a player down, to trim the Pride's lead to 15-14 with 4:46 to go, but on the following possession, Sarnacki would deliver a terrific feed to Arielle Johnson (Woodstock, Mass.) for the goal to push the lead, and the eventual final score, to 16-14.
Springfield will welcome Emerson to Stagg Field next Saturday, April 10 at 1pm.
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