By Shawn McFarland
Springfield College 4, Wheaton 2: It didn’t take long for the Pride (5-5, 1-2 NEWMAC) to make their opening statement against Wheaton. Junior Paige Laperle opened the scoring for Springfield with a goal at the two minute, 54 second mark of the first half. Classmate Maggie Kennedy tacked on one more score 23 minutes later for a 2-0 lead.
Senior Tori Stollmer notched the third goal, while freshman Taylor Conley scored goal No. 4, her 11th of the season. Abbery Doherty made three saves in the net.
St. Lawrence 42, Springfield College 14: Just seven days prior to Springfield’s game against No. 25 St. Lawrence, the Pride (2-3) orchestrated a second-half comeback to knockoff WPI, 28-23. Saturday, it was another late-game surge to decide the game – this time for the opposing team, however.
Courtesy of 21 fourth quarter points from St. Lawrence, Springfield picked up its third loss of the season. Sophomore running back Josh Thomas rushed for 26 yards and one touchdown, while freshman quarterback Chad Shade threw for 94 yards and scored one touchdown in his first collegiate start.
Springfield College 1, Babson 0: All it took was one goal for the Pride (5-3-1, 1-1-1 NEWMAC) to take down conference foe Babson in a Saturday matinee match up.
In the 30th minute, junior Mikaela Coady scored her fourth goal of the season, unassisted, to put the Pride up 1-0. Classmate Ciara Boucher recorded five saves in the net.
Springfield College 3, Clark 2: The Pride (9-0-1) came into Saturday’s game ranked No. 7 by the National Soccer Coaches of America Regional Rankings.
Facing the No. 5 team in that very same poll, Springfield had a major test in front of itself. But if Saturday’s match against Clark was a test, the Pride did their studying. Courtesy of two goals from senior attacker Luke Alvaro, the Pride knocked off Clark 3-2. Alvaro’s scores were his 12th and 13th goals of the season, giving him the NEWMAC lead. Sophomore Christian Schneider scored for the Pride as well, extending his scoring streak to four games in a row.
NECC Championships: Braving the cold, rain and wind, freshman Mike Strong and the rest of the Pride golf squad battled out to a second place standing after day one of the NECC Championship.
Strong led the team with a 78, good for fifth overall. Junior Travis Price and freshman Doug Shane each shot an 80, while junior Greg Allen registered an 83.