After scoring two goals in the first two minutes and 30 seconds against No. 9 Trinity College, the Pride fell to the Bantams 16-7 on Stagg Field Tuesday.
Senior Shelby Corsano found the back of the net just 45 seconds into the game to give the Pride an early 1-0 lead. Just 1:45 later Kayla Schroeher scored to give Springfield a two point lead over Trinity. The Pride’s defense was able to hold off the Bantams for the first 6:43 of the game. Eventually, Trinity scored their first goal and then went on to score the next eight to hold a 9-2 lead over the Pride with two minutes left in the first half.
After not scoring for 26:19, Ann Mahoney was able to find the back of the net for Springfield to cut the Bantams lead down to six going into halftime.
“[At halftime] We talked about going back to a 0-0 game and just doing the simple things better,” said head coach Kristen Mullady.
In the second half, the Pride was able to score four goals while holding the Bantams to seven.
“They kept pushing through everything and we were very aggressive the whole game. We did a better job of making better decisions and playing better defense,” Mullady said.
100 Career Wins
The momentum the Pride had at the beginning of the first half came from their 15-8 win over MIT on Saturday.
“I think every game you play well helps the next game that you go into,” Mullady said.
When the Pride played the Engineers in their first conference game of the season, the team celebrated 40 years of Women’s Lacrosse at Springfield College. On the same day of the celebration, Mullady also earned her 100th career win as a coach at Springfield. She now has the most wins as a coach in the history of the program.
Playing nationally ranked teams
Last week, the Pride faced off against then No. 11 Amherst. Since then, the Mammoths moved up and are currently tied for No. 7 in the Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III National Rankings. This season Springfield has already faced off against two top teams, but facing off against these teams only helps the Pride further down the road when they get to conference play.
“It’s a much faster pace of play. It just challenges us more so we learn from our mistakes and we just get better day by day because of it,” Mullady said.
With the loss the Pride are now 5-4 while Trinity improves 6-2. Springfield will host Babson, who defeated the Pride at the NEWMAC Championship 12-5 last season.
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