Lucas Van Deventer
SPRINGFIELD — In their home opener, the Springfield College women’s lacrosse team gave the fans at Stagg Field promising show of their offensive prowess, as they defeated Western new England University, 19-3.
Everything seemed to be working for the Pride on Saturday, as their offensive attackers kept the intensity going for the entire game. Their quick separation in the first half, with the score at 3-1, set the team up for a great win.
The team seemed to click on all cylinders not giving WNE any chance to make up for the constant threat of the Pride’s offense. Springfield had 29 shots and 26 of those shots were on goal. Their possessions seemed to have more of a purpose in how they were going to score no matter what the defense handed them. The team was able to distribute the ball around in an effective way to prevent WNEU from doing anything that gave the Pride any concern.
“It was a good first start, we had some goals in mind going into the game and by the time we got to the second half we were able to stay consistent with those goals,” head coach Kristen Mullady said.
One player really giving the Pride their offensive threat today was Kate Sarnacki. She provided the team with five goals including three assists. In one play, she had a remarkable run.
Allie Goddard passed it to the talented hands of Sarnacki as she weaved around a defender, having the energy to get through one more defender.
She had the goal in view, and was tripped up by a defender, but still managed to launch the ball into the net. Her goal made it 7-1 lead near the 8 minute mark. This gave the Pride a comfortable cushion in keeping a good lead and having the the ability to keep the pace going from Sarnacki’s performance.
“Kate gets better everyday, she is a leader on the field and followed through with the game plan. She was able to use her teammates to come up with some great goals and assists,” said Mullady.
The sharing of the ball got the result they were looking for and it was well shown throughout the game. The team had 11 assists combined. The momentum was carried over into the second half. The Pride had confident runs and the defense was able to hold their ground for goalkeeper, Brenna Keefe. The Pride were able to hold the Golden Bears to a total of 16 shots with most of those coming off of free position shots.
WNE had nine chances with free position shots, only having success with one of those shots getting into the net. Springfield caused their opponent to have ten turnovers and Keefe had seven saves. By giving the ball over to the midfielders effectively, helped set up great runs for the offense to be successful.
“If we can keep our game that we play fast-paced and being a threat all the time, then working together as a whole is really going to help us,” said Mullady.
Their ability of distributing the ball effectively down the field in a fast-paced style will translate into success moving forward in the season. Having the intensity the entire game, hustling on plays, and putting together dominant possessions will lead the Pride to the right direction.
Right around the corner is women’s lacrosse second game of the season in a matchup against Eastern Connecticut State University on Thursday, February 28 at 4pm. Look for the Pride to carry over their dominant possessions with fast-pace, constant attack in their offense, and distributing the ball all the way down the field.
Feature photo courtesy of Springfield College Athletics