By Hayden Choate
The Springfield College women’s lacrosse team was handed their first loss of the season on Wednesday at Stagg Field.
Although Endicott had yet to play a game this season, they were firing on all cylinders defeating the Pride, 15-11.
Endicott wasted no time getting on the scoreboard either, jumping out to a 5-0 lead early in the first half. Springfield showed a little life scoring two quick goals from Katie Martel and Gabby Fogg to cut the deficit to three.
Endicott then went on a 4-1 scoring run to end the half and brought a 9-3 lead into the locker room.
Springfield came out in the second half looking like a different team ready to battle with a very quick Endicott team. Springfield scored three quick to begin the second half cutting the deficit to 9-6.
Springfield hadn’t let Endicott win a draw or sustain time in their attacking zone to start the second half. But that changed when the Gulls went on another 4-0 run that Springfield could never catch up to.
Endicott added two more to lead 15-7 before Springfield attempted a comeback that was too late, scoring four times in the final five minutes.
The Gulls had a lot of speed up and down their lineup and made quick passes on offense leading to them having a balanced scoring attack.
Morgan Pike had four goals for Endicott with Kate Schenk netting a hat-trick with Katy Garvin and Gabriella Prisco each adding two goals.
The Pride spent most of the first half on defense while Endicott possessed the ball in their attacking zone but senior captain goalkeeper Brenna Keefe made 12 saves, six in each half.
This was Springfield’s first loss at home since Mar. 31, 2018. For Endicott this was their first game of the season after capturing their third straight Commonwealth Coast Conference title last season.
Springfield who is now 1-1 on the season will travel across town to face Western New England University (0-2) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. before hosting Amherst and Middlebury on Mar. 4 and Mar. 8.
Photo courtesy of Joe Arruda