After a tough first half of the season the women’s lacrosse team won every game in April and never lost a game on Stagg Field. The Pride, who are ranked No. 1 in the NEWMAC tournament, was undefeated in NEWMAC play this season which allows them to host NEWMAC Championships in the beginning of May.
This season the Pride is just as strong on offense as they are defense. Head coach Kristen Mullady contributes the team’s success to how deep their bench is. She said, “We are more versatile than we have been in the past as far as everybody stepping up to contribute.”
Springfield swept the NEWMAC Lacrosse weekly honors this week after their win against Smith and overtime win against Babson. Junior Shelby Corsano, who scored the game winning goal in overtime and the goal to tie the game with just over two minutes left in play, was recognized for the second time this season when she earned NEWMAC Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week. This season Corsano is ranked No. 4 in NEWMACs for goals scored with 45. Corsano currently holds the program record for goals scored in a single season when she scored 56 goals last year. “Shelby has been stepping up in big games and has been coming up with big goals,” said Mullady. “She’s been a key impact on our ride.”
Gabby Anderson was the other Springfield player to receive weekly honors. Not only did Anderson receive NEWMAC Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week but Anderson was also named the ECAC Division III New England Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week. “Gabby Anderson has been continuing to to get better every game and clearly against Babson she had some key saves,” said Mullady. “Her goals against average right now and her save percentage is really good and is ranking top in the NEWMACs. She is definitely a key player for us.” Anderson has the best save percentage in the NEWMAC conference at 52.8%. The next goalie with the best percentage from Smith is is 49.4%. Aside from Anderson in goal the Pride has a strong defensive line in front of her.
Bianca Raniolo also had a big game against Babson as she had her 81st career assist, which is the most in Springfield women’s lacrosse program history. Raniolo only needed one assist coming into the game to set a new program record which has been standing since 2003. Juniors Kayla Schroeher and Ann Mahoney have been big players for the Pride this season as well. Schroeher is ranked second on the team in goals scored this season with 34 and Mahoney recently had four goals against Babson and has multiple draw controls and ground balls every game.
“It is just exciting to be able to host especially at a key point in the season just to have the home field advantage and have all the support that we can with our friends and family members,” said Mullady. “It’s just great to be able to be at home so that takes away some of the pressure because we are just excited to have that opportunity.”