Assistant Sports Editor
A nine-goal outburst by No. 9 Amherst was too much for the women’s lacrosse team to overcome as the Pride fell short, losing 14-10 on Wednesday night. The loss drops Springfield to 4-4 on the season while the Lord Jeffs improve to 5-1.
Allie Davis got the action going early, scoring on a free position shot just 1:08 into the game. Brittany LeGuelaff made it 2-1 for the Pride 3:32 later before the floodgates opened up.
Amherst’s Allie Horwitz’s goal at the 24:26 mark of the first half was the first of nine consecutive goals in the first half. Jackie Moscardelli scored the first of her three goals at the 9:50 mark to put an end to the run.
Freshman Michelle Dorsey and Junior Meg Flanagan scored to end the half, cutting the Amherst lead to 11-5 at the break.
Goalkeeper Anne Versprille would make all eight of her saves in a second half where the Pride would outscore Amherst 5-3. Four of the five Springfield goals came during a late charge beginning with Jennifer McDonough’s goal with 1:18 left and ending with Moscardelli’s third with just six seconds to play.
The hat trick gives Moscardelli 21 goals on the season with eight regular season games still to play. If she continues this pace she will finish the regular season with 42 goals – 13 shy of the school’s career record – with the NEWMAC tournament still to play.
The Pride will take the field again on Saturday when they travel to NEWMAC-rival, Babson. Babson ended the Pride’s season in the NEWMAC Championship last year and this will be their only regular season meeting.
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