By Helen Lucas
After traveling to Florida over spring break, the women’s lacrosse team has come back to play some of the toughest games of the season. The Pride, who is now 3-4 overall and has yet to play a conference game, has already had to face nationally ranked teams early in its schedule.
While in Florida, the Pride stayed busy with practice in the morning and either film or a game at night. During the first game of the trip the Pride fell to Denison 8-7, however three days later they beat Endicott 11-5. In the win over the Gulls, Springfield jumped to an early lead and never looked back. Sophomore Amanda Nusbaum scored three goals, and did so all in first half.
“The competition in Florida is fun because we get to play teams that we wouldn’t regularly be able to during the season,” said Nusbaum. “This year we played Denison from Ohio which we also played last year in Puerto Rico. Both [Denison and Endicott] are of a high level so we get challenged by [those] teams.”
Nusbaum, who also plays field hockey for the Pride in the fall, has already scored 10 goals in the first seven games of the season, and has made her presence known as she has scored goals against Trinity, SUNY Brockport and Amherst, who are all nationally ranked teams.
After returning from Florida, Springfield fell to Amherst, who is ranked No. 19 in the latest Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association National Rankings. Amherst was able to shut Springfield out in the first half and went into the locker room with a 5-0 lead, however Springfield picked up momentum in the second half when it scored the first two goals. Amherst was able to hold off the Pride and won the game 9-4. Senior goalkeeper Gabby Anderson had five saves and the Pride recorded more ground balls than Amherst 21-20.
“The beginning of every season our schedule is set up to play high level teams that are out of our conference to challenge us, that way we can alter things and try them out against high level teams and see how they work out,” said Nusbaum. “Then as conference play comes around we’re ready to play against all different offenses and defenses.”
Junior Shelby Corsano, who is coming off of a record breaking season, has already netted 16 goals in the first seven games of the season. Similar to Nusbaum, Corsano has been able to find the back of the net against some the the nation’s top teams as she scored against both Trinity and Amherst and two goals against No. 12 ranked SUNY Brockport.
“[Head coach Kristen Mullady] has said that every game that we travel to play, win or lose, is played with the goal to make us better. From every game things are learned and that’s how each game makes us better,” said Nusbaum. After a long stretch of road games the Pride will finally be playing back on Stagg Field on Wednesday against Coast Guard.