By Ian Snowdeal
SPRINGFIELD — From the opening whistle the Springfield College field hockey team had complete control of the game against cross-town rival Western New England. On offense they created consistent goal scoring opportunities, which produced a program record tying 11 goals in their 11-2 victory over the Golden Bears at Stagg Field on Tuesday; a record that stood for over 30 years.
The presence of freshman midfielder Holly Rivers was felt greatly, as she scored two goals and assisted on another. The freshman tallied two goals and an assist, and now has three goals and five points in the three games she has started for the Springfield.
“(The upperclassmen) are very supportive and want the underclassmen to do well.” said Rivers while talking about the leadership of Amanda Nusbaum and Taylor Conley.
It was a dominant performance for the Pride as they outshot the Golden Bears 44-9. Along with outshooting their opponents, the hosts were able to play all of their field players during the game.
“It was a good opportunity to see what people could do.” said head coach Melissa Sharpe.
Belle Coponi, Emily Knobel, Ashley Frank and Nusbaum (three assists) each picked up a goal. Taylor Lowe notched a hat trick while Kyra Ashe added a couple goals herself.
Along with the dominant performance from the offense came a stellar game from the Pride’s defense. Springfield never stepped foot off the gas, continuing to put constant pressure on the Golden Bears throughout the game.
Defenders Morgan Bronk, Hannah Boylan and Molly Duclos helped lockdown the Golden Bears offense throughout the game while only allowing two goals.
The Pride will continue to look for their veteran leaders to give the freshman on the team more opportunities to play at their best ability throughout the season.
Sharpe said, “We have such leadership among our veteran players and a good group of freshman coming on that we don’t really miss a beat.”
The Pride are now 3-0 while the Western New England Golden Bears fall to 0-2. Springfield will continue their five game home stand Saturday against Keene State at 12pm.
*Featured photo courtesy of Springfield College Athletics