The waning moments of the first half ticked away, as Pride midfielder Amanda Nusbaum had the ball deep in the Eagles territory.
With a couple swift moves, she slid through the Eagles defense and fired a wrist shot past the glove hand of the goalie for a 3-1 lead. The Pride would not look back as they held the Eagles to one goal for the rest of the game for a final score of 4-2.
The 4-2 victory over Husson University on Saturday made it three straight home game victories for the Springfield College women’s field hockey team.
“Home field advantage is great” said head coach Melissa Sharpe. “You get a great crowd behind you and the atmosphere is a little different when your home. It’s a great way for us to start this way and build our confidence.”
As a light breeze swept throughout Stagg Field, the Pride got off to a quick start as sophomore Belle Copponi found her way through traffic to score the first goal of the game at the 10:20 mark in the first half. After Husson got a goal back to tie up the game, junior Amanda Nusbaum accounted for the next two goals within a two minute gap between the 23:44 mark (assisted) and 25:48 mark (unassisted score) of the first half to make it 3-1.
“It is definitely important to get on the board quickly,” said Nusbaum. “It gives you confidence and momentum for the rest of the game. We are a team that feeds off that.”
Husson freshman, Lauren Russell sneaked along the baseline of the Pride to squeeze a goal past the crowd of defenders that engulfed her to make it 3-2.
The Pride would look to put the game away, as Nusbaum connected with another pass through traffic to senior Dani Sweet for her second goal of the game at the 40:58 mark in the second half to make it 4-2.
Springfield goalie, junior Emmalie Drake and Husson goalie, senior Anne Marie Provencal, would go on to rack up eight saves, as neither team would be able to score again for the rest of the game. A total of nine shots were taken throughout the second half, half of the 18 shots that peppered both defenses in the first half.
Throughout their first four games, the Pride’s staunch defense has allowed a one goal allowed per game on average.
“It speaks a lot to our defense” said Sharpe, “Two of our backs are freshman and they have had pressure from early on. It says a lot about their ability and leadership that they have brought to our backfield.”
The Pride will look to keep the good times rolling, as they take their four game win streak on the road against Keene State this Thursday.