The lights at Springfield College’s Stagg field on Tuesday night may have been malfunctioning, but the Connecticut College field hockey team’s offense was certainly not.
Once the lights turned on , the Connecticut College Camels (3-2) got off to a hot start and eventually handed the Springfield College Pride (3-1) their first loss of the season with a score of 5-1.
Connecticut’s freshman, Katlyn Paiva, scored three of the teams five goals. After Connecticut’s third goal of the first half, the Pride got on the score board with a fantastic goal from freshman Maggie Kennedy–however, the goal was not enough to surge a comeback as the Camels scored two more goals and held Springfield scoreless in the second half, despite multiple penalty corner opportunities.
Even after Tuesday’s loss, the Pride remain confident heading into NEWMAC (New England Men and Women’s Athletic Conference) conference play on Saturday.
“We just have to look at the positives. Every now and again you’re going to have an off night,” Head Coach Melissa Sharpe said. “Hopefully it is out of our system.”
Springfield hustled well and played aggressively all game. They look to build on that for upcoming games.
Expectations are high for the rest of the season, and pursuing those expectations begins on Saturday, September 20, against MIT.
“We are a talented team and we expect a lot, even after nights like this,” Sharpe said. “How we recover on Saturday is going to show how strong this team really is.”
The Pride will look to put this game behind them, as the team is very excited to play the rest of the season.