The Salem State University Vikings field hockey team came from behind on Wednesday night and beat the Springfield College Pride at Stagg Field, 3-2.
With the loss, the Pride fall to 5-11 overall, while standing at 3-4 in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference.
Springfield College was able to get out to an early 2-0 lead in the first half, but were unable to capitalize on their numerous opportunities throughout the second half.
The Pride dominated the tempo throughout the game, but the Vikings were able to remain calm in the key moments of the second half. The Pride led many statistical categories, including shots on goal with 18 compared to Salem State’s 16, and corners which were 8-1 in the Pride’s favor.
Vikings’ senior goalkeeper Michaela Boyer showed her veteran experience as she dominated in the goal, posting 16 saves to go along with an 89 percent save percentage.
Springfield College stars of the game were New Preston, Linnea Quist and Libby Hart.
Hart and Quist scored the only two goals of the night, with assists coming from freshman Tori Stollmer and junior Sarah Ducharme.
The Vikings began their comeback six minutes into the second half, when senior Lauren Pazdziorny shot and scored after receiving a pass from junior Kelsey Russell.
Pazdziorny continued the comeback run by assisting on the second Vikings’ goal, this time to freshman forward Katie Pietrini.
Springfield College appeared to continue to dominate the game, but didn’t have anything to show for it on the scoreboard.
With a little more than eight minutes left in the contest, Salem State switched field position as defender Taylor Nawn fired a shot into the goal to give the Vikings a 3-2 lead.
“It was a huge win as we go into the playoffs next week,” Pazdziorny said. “I was happy to be able to contribute.”