The Springfield College Field Hockey team is off to a 7-3 start through their first ten games. After losing their leading goal scorer from last season in Maggie Kennedy, the Pride have been finding scoring throughout their entire roster. Three players have already posted one or more hat tricks this season. One of them coming from freshman forward Kyra Ashe.
“Kyra is a goal scorer.” said head coach Melissa Sharpe. On September 15 against Husson, Ashe started in her first game. The Pride bulldozed past the Eagles and Kyra scored three goals for her first collegiate hat trick. Ashe has made her presence felt throughout the season. Whether it’s starting or coming off the bench, she can catch fire at any minute.
Many coaches throughout the NCAA might be scared to start freshman for many reasons, but Sharpe is not one of those people.
“I love starting freshman,” she said.
This season, Springfield has received help from many of their freshman recruits. Sharpe has started five of her freshman through ten games this season and all have contributed.
Ashe started in her second game of the season Tuesday night against Mt. Holyoke and she didn’t skip a beat from her start against Husson. She scored two goals in the first half and set the tone for the remainder of the game.
“We want her to set the tone and she did it,” Sharpe said of Ashe.
Ashe scored her first goal in the first game of the season against Eastern Connecticut State. The Pride won 6-1, but Ashe set the tone early on in the season, and she could be relied on for her scoring ability down the stretch. It helps that Ashe and the other freshman have senior Amanda Nusbaum on their team. Nusbaum’s leadership and ability on the field allows the freshman to always have scoring opportunities throughout the game.
“It’s amazing having her, she always knows where to put the ball,” Ashe said.
Having the program’s all-time leader in assists it allows the team to flourish on offense. Both Ashe and freshman forward Holly Rivers have scored five or more goals throughout the season and will continue to add to their totals.
The Pride will look for Kyra Ashe and the rest of the freshman class to continue to contribute to the team’s success for the remainder of the season and into the postseason.