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Springfield College Athletes of the Week: Connor Nash and Abby Clark

Jon Santer
Sports Editor




Connor Nash

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Connor Nash posted an incredible 18 saves against Nazareth this past weekend en route to a 11-10 victory. Previous to Saturday’s game, the Golden Flyers were ranked No. 10 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll. The Pride, who were ranked No. 1 in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Preseason Rankings, have started the season 2-0, including a 20-9 victory over Gordon College on February 20, followed with the 11-10 victory over Nazareth. Against Gordon, the senior from Burnt Hills, N.Y. only allowed three goals, while making eight saves. On Saturday, Nash made 18 saves and only allowed 10 goals against a high-powered Nazareth offense.

Q. What is your take on the first two games of the season?
A. We have definitely hit the ground running this season. Our record wasn’t too great at the end of last season so we put the time and the effort in the off season in order to be more prepared for this season and it has more than paid off after starting 2-0. Our coaching staff has continued to do a great job.

Q. As a senior, what are your goals this season?
A. Obviously we want to be playing and winning in Baltimore at the end of the season. Our goal from day one has been to win a national championship. We also want to play Springfield College lacrosse. We can’t play down to other teams’ levels, we have to focus on our own game and play to our potential.

Q.  What was your take on your Nazareth performance?
A. Going into the game I just wanted to stay relaxed. I wanted to play my game. As a goalie, you don’t want to be too psyched out by goals or the other team. I just wanted to stay focused. Our defense played great in front of me. They forced Nazareth to take a lot of outside shots, which were easy for me to save. We played well as a unit overall. 

Abby Clark

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Abby Clark continued her season’s success this past weekend against Rhode Island College when she posted wins in the all-around competition, balance beam, floor and the vault. The Pride, who were competing to raise awareness for gynecological cancers in their “Tumble for Teal” meet, were led by Clark, who posted personal best scores on the bars with a score of 9.175 and the vault with a 9.625. Posting a 37.550, Clark took first overall in the all-around, scored a 9.425 on the floor routine and a 9.325 on the balance beam. For her efforts over the weekend, Clark was named the ECAC Division III Women’s Gymnast of the Week. The product out of Holderness, N.H. will look to continue her success this weekend when the Pride host West Chester on Friday at 5 p.m. in Blake Arena.

Q.  How do you feel this season has been going for you personally?
A. Prior to this last weekend I had been out of the all-around competition for about three weeks because of an injury, but I’m happy to be coming back and that I am able to pick up right where I left off.  I have been very pleased with myself overall.

Q.  How did it feel to be tabbed ECAC Division III Women’s Gymnast of the Week?
A. It feels really good to be named ECAC Division III Gymnast of the Week.  It really motivates me to continue to work hard on each event and also to compete well for myself and the team. It also feels good to be recognized for my accomplishments week to week and for the season.

Q. What are your goals moving forward and into the post-season meets?
A. This post-season my biggest goal is to stay as strong and confident as I have been all season.  I don’t want to change too much, because what I’m doing right now is working. Qualifying for nationals is also a big goal and I really think we can accomplish that as a team this year.  I would like to earn All-American honors again.

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