By Tyler Browne
SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield College field hockey team’s offense came out in force once again in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over the Fitchburg State Falcons, who entered the game with a 1-2 record on the season.
“We didn’t really make all the adjustments we were aiming for, but of course, I’m definitely happy with a victory,” said Springfield head coach Melissa Sharpe.
In attendance at the game were some very special fans. Members of the East Longmeadow Recreation Department field hockey league, which is made up of three teams, based on age, accompanied by Springfield field hockey alum Suzanne Gile (‘97), were in the Stagg Field bleachers taking in the game.
“I try to bring the girls to a college game every year, so they can see what it looks like at the next level,” said Gile.
The first quarter was relatively quiet, with Fitchburg goalie Colleen Lamprey making two saves. The Pride took the lead in the second quarter at the 26:25 mark on a goal by senior forward Taylor Conley, assisted by Grace Levansavich and Morgan Bronk.
Coming back from halftime, the Pride quickly extended their lead with a goal from Kirsten Oliver. The defense prevented the Falcons from making a single shot on goal in the third period, holding onto the lead.
At 41:59, freshman Lily Depew, who plays both defense and midfield, scored on a penalty stroke. Depew later scored an unassisted goal in the fourth period, extending the lead to 4-0, and cementing the team’s third victory on the year.
Following the game, Sharpe praised Depew for having to confidence to score on the goal stroke. Depew, however, felt more excited by her second goal.
“I feel like that one, it all led up from a lot of passes from other people and I was able to put it away which was really nice,” said Depew.
Depew is currently the only freshman member of the Pride with more than one goal, and she will definitely be a player to keep an eye on this year. Sharpe seems encouraged by the early success of the freshmen, although she was clear that “regardless of year, position, people got to contribute and we need people in critical moments to step up and make a difference.”
Along with the offense, the Pride’s defense played very well tonight. They held the Falcons to just three shots on goal, all three of which were saved by goalie Elizabeth Morehouse.
Springfield returns to action on Thursday, when they will take on Worcester State at Stagg Field.
Featured photo courtesy Jack Margaros