By Helen Lucas
The Springfield women’s lacrosse team could not be slowed down in their season opener over Western New England on Saturday afternoon. The Pride, who is coming off a successful season last year where they made made it to the third round of the NCAA Division III Championship as well as winning the NEWMAC Championship, defeated their cross-town rival 16-10 over the 60 minutes of play on Stagg Field.
Springfield took an early lead with a goal by Stephanie Hyslip in the first minute of game, however Western New England answered back two minutes later with a goal tying up the game. To the spectators it seemed like it would be a even match but, Springfield scored again, taking the lead and never looking back as they scored the next four goals. At halftime Springfield went into the locker room with a 10-5 lead.
Coming out of halftime the Golden Bear’s picked up momentum and scored the first two goals of the half, making the score 10-7. The Pride fired back scoring the next three goals, and from there Springfield always had a least a four goal lead over the Golden Bears. Springfield’s Shelby Corsano scored five of Springfield’s goals, four of them in the first half alone. Corsano stated, “My teammates did a good job of cutting thru and we really looked for the quick cuts so a lot of people fed me quickly.” Along with her five goals Corsano had seven draw controls and one assist, all which earned her NEWMAC Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week.
Corsano wasn’t the only player to receive recognition as teammate Bianca Raniolo received Springfield’s Maroon Club Student-Athlete of the Week. Raniolo had a team high of five assist in the season opener.
Amanda Nusbaum, Julia Bireley, Hyslip and Allie Goddard each contributed two goals to the win while senior goalie Gabby Anderson had four saves in goal. Springfield had a 32-17 shot advantage as well as winning 19 of draws over the Golden Bears.
“We were excited to get started and coming up with the first win of the season is going to help us with momentum going into the second game of the season,” said head coach Kristen Mullady.
The Pride will be back on Stagg Field on Saturday when they face off against Eastern Connecticut at 12.