By Carley Crain
A chilly, clear Wednesday night on Stagg Field set the scene for a non-conference matchup between Endicott and Springfield. The Pride lost in another shutout, as the Gulls took the win, 7-0. After a tough few past games, the Pride is searching for answers on how to improve and get better offensively.
“Right now it is just a matter of taking away something from the game to improve on and just looking forward to the next game,” said head coach Melissa Sharpe.
The Gulls scored right away, at around the 4-minute mark with a goal from Jenna Seibold. Endicott came out with a strong offensive front, hitting quick, accurate passes. Springfield was once again forced to the back end of the field but was able to work well together, despite Endicott’s 4 shots on goal. Springfield started to pick up offensive momentum towards the end of the first, but ultimately the rest of the quarter remained scoreless.
The Pride opened the second quarter with much more time on the other end of the field, as they started to develop an established offensive groove. Despite a few corners and some breakaways, the Pride was unable to score going into halftime. Endicott scored their second goal of the night with 3 minutes to go in the second after a strong hit from Sydney Poulin. The Pride spent most of their time on the defensive for the second half of the quarter.
After halftime, Endicott opened the third quarter with two goals back to back, the first from Seibold and the other from Poulin. In the last few minutes of the quarter, the Pride saw some offensive action, as well as goalie Lyndsey DeLasho making a key last-minute save.
The story of the fourth and final quarter was breakaways. Endicott capitalized off a strong run by Olivia Lampasona, who shot a hard, wide hit into the net. The Gulls’ speed was a key part of their offensive strategy throughout the game. With less than 5 minutes left, Endicott’s Lampasona scored once again, making it 6-0.
Endicott added one more goal on the night, courtesy of Poulin, to make the final score 7-0.
“Same result as last game, not good,” explained Sharpe, who was visibly upset. “ We have to go back to the drawing board for Saturday.”
The Pride will hit the road this weekend for another non-conference matchup vs Nichols on Saturday afternoon.