On a beautiful Saturday morning on Homecoming Weekend, the Springfield College field hockey team earned their fifth win of the season in a 10-3 rout over Smith College to start the weekend off right.
The Pride went down early 1-0 off a Smith College goal by Allie Stein with 33:44 to play in the first half. The ball rolled right past Pride goalkeeper Juliana Barrasso. Despite giving up the lead early on, the Pride never seemed intimidated. Pride defenseman MK Murray put the Pride on board at the 23:42 mark in the first half.
Murray had a stellar game, tallying three goals and one assist. The senior expressed how important the win was.
“It was great. We needed to win and we came out fired up,” Murray said.
Murray set the tone for the Pride offense early. With the game tied, Murray answered again with an unassisted goal just one minute after her first goal.
To increase the lead, Springfield’s Katie passed a nice ball to Linea Quist, who put it in the back of the net to make it 3-1, Pride. At 10-5 on the season, Smith did not go away easily. The Pioneers caused a corner with 6:30 remaining in the half. Rebecca Meagher took the corner and the ball got caught in a scramble of players. Smith midfielder Jenny Estes took control of the ball and put it by Barrasso to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Goals by Libby Hart and Tori Stollmer put the Pride up 5-2 at the end of the half. At the start of the second half, Smith cut into the lead again with a quick goal from Elsie Odhiambo and assisted by Alexis Dejesus (33:42). With the score at 5-3, three goals were all the Pioneers had left in them. From there, Springfield capped off the game with five unanswered goals to make the final score 10-3, Pride.
Cabral and Quist added two more goals with less than 20 minutes left in the game. Quist then set up a goal for Sarah Ducharme to make it 8-3. Freshman Taylor Friedman fed Stollmer downfield with a nice pass and Stollmer finished off the Pride’s ninth goal of the game. The star of the game, MK Murray, completed her hat trick and the Pride’s second-half scoring onslaught with a penalty shot goal with 1:36 remaining.
Coach Melissa Sharpe was extremely proud of her team’s performance against a solid Smith College team.
“Our scoring attack was so spread out and MK played so well,” said Sharpe. “We came out with a lot of intensity and Smith’s first goal helped fire us up.”
The win was key for the Pride. It is their second-straight NEWMAC victory and put them at 3-4 in the conference. Their next game is another home contest against Salem State. The ladies then cap off their season with a crucial NEWMAC game away at WPI. For Smith, they drop to 10-6 overall and 2-5 in the conference.