By Ian Carrano
Six seniors were honored in front of their families on Saturday. Springfield College women’s lacrosse played it’s final home game of the regular season. Seniors Kayla Schroeher, Shelby Corsano, Kristen Steidler, Stephanie Hyslip, Julia Bireley, and Ann Mahoney were ready to get the game started and put on a show in front of their families. The Pride, who were ranked as the top team in the NEWMAC, faced off against Wellesley College, who sat at second-to-last in the NEWMAC.
From the start, it was evident the Pride were going to have a strong game.
Schroeher kicked off the game by scoring less than five minutes into the game to give her team a strong start to the game. The goal was the first of her impressive three goals in the first- half. She would go on to finish the game with a total of five goals. With her family in attendance, Schroeher was motivated to put on a good performance.
“It meant the world to me because they’ve just done so much for me and my career at lacrosse, so just to be able to play for them was good”.
She understands the importance of getting an early lead in games, as it gave the Pride a big spark to motivate the team.
“I think with any game it’s really good to get off to a good start because that sets the momentum and gives us the momentum of the game,” said Schroeher. “That’s when we do our best. We always go into a game wanting that first goal, and wanting the other team to call that first timeout, and that was just really important yesterday for us too. We just started off strong and I think we finished it the same way.”
Wellesley soon answered back with two of their own goals halfway through the first half, putting a dent in Springfield’s lead, making it 4-2 with just under 14 minutes to play. However, Springfield continued to apply the pressure.
The Pride went on to finish the half scoring four goals, all by different players, to take an 8-3 lead at halftime.
Although the team held a strong lead heading into the second half, Springfield understood it needed to keep attacking during the second half.
“At the end of every half we kinda start over and reboot, we go into every half like it’s 0-0 just because we don’t want to get overconfident or get too defeated with the game”, said Schroeher.
Despite the big lead at the half, Shroeher explained the team’s second-half preparation throughout the season to keep their focus.
“We talk about things we need to work on with our attack, our defense, we needed to work on more ball movement yesterday, and we went into the mindset like it was 0-0, we had something to prove again”
When the second- half began, it was clear Springfield was going to be in attack mode.
Kate Sarnacki scored only four minutes into the half to get the team on the board again, as Springfield took a commanding 9-3 lead off a nice assist from Corsano. Wellesley’s Jenny Gubner scored only three minutes later, which turned out to be the team’s last goal of the game, making it a 9-4 game with over 23 minutes left to play in the game.
The Pride continued to dominate the second half, and went on to score 10 unanswered goals the rest of the game. Scoring four goals in three minutes during the middle of the second-half, the Pride were in complete control of the game. As one of the leaders on the team, Schroeher applauded her teammates for a strong performance.
“I think we really fed off the energy for Senior Day. Everyone came to play”.
Schroeher caped off her impressive individual performance, scoring her fifth goal of the day with only three minutes left to take a 20-4 lead.
While the Pride were playing one of the lower-ranked teams in the conference, the team pulled out an impressive performance to stay on top with an 11-5 record. In front of their family and friends, the women’s lacrosse team put on a show.
Springfield will face off against Emerson on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. on the road to end the regular season. After an impressive performance in the victory over Wellesley, the team has put themselves in a good position to have success during the NEWMAC championships next month.
Featured photo courtesy of Springfield College Athletics.