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Springfield College field hockey opens season with victory over Eastern Connecticut State

By Jack Margaros
Sports Editor

MANSFIELD, CONN — Headed to the second half trailing 1-0, the Springfield College field hockey team netted six unanswered goals, four from Taylor Conley, en route to a 6-1 win over Eastern Connecticut State on Saturday.

Eastern Connecticut’s first shot of the game, at the 9:17 mark, found the back of the net to give the Warriors an early 1-0 lead. They would shoot the ball just one more time for the entire game, as the Pride took charge after the early lapse.

Springfield outshot Eastern Connecticut 9-2 after one half, but still trailed 1-0. Four minutes into the second half, Conley evened the score with her first goal of the season. The junior forward gave the Pride a permanent lead two minutes later, as Amanda Nusbaum picked up an assist.

At the 47:28 mark, Belle Coponi found Conley for her third goal of the game, giving Springfield a 3-1 lead. The duo connected again at the 52:56 mark, as Conley netted her fourth goal of the game, a career-high.

Nusbaum entered the scoring mix at 55:27, before freshmen Kyra Ashe put the finishing touches with her first collegiate goal and points. In addition to her goal, Nusbaum finished with two assists. Overall, Springfield held a 30-2 shot advantage, as well as a 15-2 advantage in penalty corners.

The Pride (1-0) hosts their first home game of the year on Sunday, as they take on rival Westfield State. Game time is set for noon.

*Featured photo courtesy of Springfield College Athletics

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