Lucas Van Deventer
SPRINGFIELD — In victorious fashion, Springfield College women’s lacrosse topped Babson with a score of 11-10 for the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic conference (NEWMAC) championship win at Babson Park on Saturday.
It has been the first time since 2016 that the Pride claimed the NEWMAC Championship. The third seeded Springfield knocked off the top seeded Beavers. The Pride have improved to a 13-6 record after starting the season 3-6 in the year, and have won ten straight games, dating back to April 3.
The Pride have made a huge impact in the conference this year. With this win in the championship, Springfield has continued to stretch the winning streak to 10 games. The Pride haven’t had this long of a winning streak since 2015. Now for the Pride comes the NCAA Division III tournament. They are also known to have made three of four appearances in the last four seasons.
After the game, sophomore attack, Taylor Pichel, was honored for the most outstanding player in the tournament. Along with that, was her teammate Kate Sarnacki who helped contribute to the Pride’s wins in the tournament. In today’s game, Sarnacki and Pichel combined with six goals as the two goal performance from Sarnacki gave her 90 points in the season, setting a new single season record previously held by Shelby Corsano in 2018.
In the game, the Pride were able to close the Babson Beavers in caused turnovers even though Babson led the ground ball percentage as well as shots with the advantage of 29-26 shots and 13-12 in ground balls. However, The Pride had caused the Beavers to have 14 turnovers.
With the first goal scored by Babson led the Pride to four-consecutive goals to take a 4-1 lead. Babson had happened to do the same thing in the second half. The Beavers opened with the first goal in the second half closely after the whistle was blown. The Pride once again responded as Pichel scored her second of the game. The game got interesting as Babson answered back. They evened the score at 8-8. The dominant force in Pichel was brought to make the first break away from Babson with 12:56 left. This was the common occurrence as the Pride and the Beavers answered and went ahead throughout the course of the 60 minute game.
The game drew closer to the end as the time passed under three minutes left in the game. Katie Stallone drew a smart foul in the arc to give her the chance of a free-position shot. Springfield Pride was up one. The final possession of the game fell in the hands of Babson. Suddenly, the chance to have a free position shot opened up. There were 49 seconds left.
The player who drew the foul attempted to even the game up to potentially go into overtime. But, the player was accused of a false start miraculously giving the possession back to Springfield. The Pride were able to maintain the one goal advantage as the clock winded down. The time went out. The Pride were the NEWMAC champions!
May 5 on Sunday is the time for the Pride to take their chance in the national stage of the NCAA Division III tournament and is where they will find who they are facing. The excitement to go into the tournament for the Pride during Selection Show will start at 9:30 am.
Featured photo courtesy Sam Leventhal