By Hayden Choate
The Springfield College women’s lacrosse team went 8-0 at home in 2019. On Saturday, they kept that streak by beating Framingham State 18-11 on Stage Field.
The Pride’s attack was led by Kate Sarnacki who scored nine goals in the game. One of which was her 100th career goal.
Both teams went on runs in the first half and the score was tied at the end of 30 minutes at six. Framingham State took an 8-7 lead just four minutes into the second half on Hanna McMahon’s first of two goals.
Then a minute later, Springfield’s offense took control, scoring five straight times to lead the game 12-8. Framingham State added three more but couldn’t stop Springfield in the end.
“They changed defenses on us so I think just it being our first game it took us a little while to adjust and then once we put things together we were able to capitalize on it,” Springfield head coach Kristen Mullady said.
On the back end Springfield was able to clear the ball out of their zone cleanly having 14 clears
while Framingham State had nine.
“That’s one thing we really talked about especially against a good team like them, they were able to put a lot of pressure on us, we were able to adjust and use both sides of the field and use our speed to our advantage so I think that helped us a lot,” Mullady said.
Before Springfield’s 5-0 second half run, the largest lead of the game was two goals by Framingham State with 19:53 left in the first half.
“It’s mostly the same attack from last year so we really have more chemistry this year so we just have to kind of find our swing of things and get into it and it took us longer than we thought but we stayed with it and we got there and I think that we impressed ourselves with how well we were playing together in that second half, said Kate Sarnacki, who added an assist for a ten-point game.
There were 27 fouls in the game, 17 of which came from Framingham State, a very physical team.
“We just create practices that have a lot of pressure on our players, in terms of physical pressure so we’re pretty physically too and we knew they were going to be physically so creating that practice environment helped us a little bit to prepare,” said Mullady.
Although it was her first career game, first-year attack Arielle Johnson had six assists in the win, all which were to Sarnacki.
“We kind of found that really quick, she’s looking into the lanes that I’m looking to cut into so it was kind of a quick connection and we really could just get reps in practice because we don’t really have to think about it, she’s looking up and I’m sending the cut, so those connections are there, hopefully that will continue throughout the season,” said Sarnacki.
Sarnacki, who played in her 39th career game today is tied for 11th on the Springfield all-time career points list with 158. She is four points away from passing her coach Kristen Mullady.
The Pride continues out of conference play against Endicott on Wednesday before they play at Western New England University a week from today.
Photo courtesy of Joe Arruda