A 10-0 first half lead escalated to a 17-1 victory for Springfield College against the Coast Guard Academy Wednesday night. Springfield’s goalie, Gabriella Anderson, had a lonely night in net, not facing a single shot on goal the entire first half of the game. The offense made her life easy by controlling the ball for most of the game.
The win over the Bears marked the Pride’s ninth win of the season and improved their overall record to 9-2. The Pride also improved their New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) record to 3-0.
Senior Michelle Dorsey was one of the many impact players, notching a hat trick in the first fifteen minutes of the game. Dorsey finished the game with a whopping six goals.
“It is all because of my teammates, they make me follow through with the game plans, we make pass after pass, and we go when we need to go,” said by Dorsey.
She was not the only player on the team, however, to finish the game with at least a hat trick. Bianca Raniolo recorded four goals. The team had a total of thirteen individuals with at least one point during the game. Emily Rodgers had a game high two assists, one of which was a nasty behind the net dish to Shelby Corsano, who was able to finish the play with a point blank shot in front of the net.
Gabriella Anderson and Carley Elkin shared time in the net and only allowed one goal between the two of them. Bears goalie Angel Fay had six saves in the loss.
The Pride scored early and often throughout the game. The first goal of the game occurred only 43 seconds into the game with a free possession shot by Dorsey. Two of her four goals in the first half came from free possession chances. At one point she scored two goals within 33 seconds.
At the halfway point in the first half, the score was already 7-0. Shortly after the 15 minute mark, Kristina Krull came off the bench, streaked down the field and fired a shot past Fay.
The Pride finished the first half with fifteen shots and a total of ten goals by seven different people. The ball movement in the first half was constant, which helped to account for the diversity on the score sheet through the first 30 minutes.
“Our game plan was to move the ball, to catch the defense off guard and to get as many back door cuts as we can,” said head coach Kristen Mullady. “The movement on attack was really successful today.”
The Lady Bears struck first in the second half, making the score 10-1. However, Springfield went on a 7-0 rampage to end the game. The first of the seven goals started with Bianca Raniolo, who was assisted by Shelby Corsano. The goal by Raniolo marked her third goal of the game. Four minutes later Dorsey scored her fifth goal of the game by racing down the field and firing the shot by Fay. Her sixth goal of the game was scored two minutes later.
The last goal in regulation was scored by Kristen Steidler, a reserve, who was assisted from behind the net by Paige Campbell.
The pride was clicking on all cylinders the whole night, validated by the 17-1 score line. Springfield is ranked 20th in the nation, and will look to continue climbing higher as the season progresses.