By Hayden Choate
The Springfield College women’s lacrosse team lost to No. 1 Middlebury College on Sunday afternoon at Stagg Field 23-4.
Middlebury, the defending Division III national champions, added onto their 25-game winning streak that started against Springfield exactly one year ago today.
“The more experience we can get against really good teams like Middlebury, the better we’ll be. So we can watch film and adjust during practices, get more players experience on the field – especially our freshmen,” Springfield head coach Kristen Mullady said.
Springfield controlled the first minute of play on offense, but a key save from Middlebury goalie Julia Keith (five saves) on Kate Sarnacki lead to transition for Middlebury and Erin Nicholas cashed in.
The Pride have only scored five goals in their last two games but have had a lot of time on offense possessing the ball. Middlebury’s strong defense helped carry them to victory by only letting the Pride capitalized on their opportunities twice in each half.
“It’s still early in the season so we’re working through what we need to kind of really get better at and what we’re doing well, so every possession has gotten us better this game for sure,” Mullady said.
Middlebury scored three more times before Anjelia Atlebrando found the back of the net for Springfield and cut the deficit down to three. Middlebury then scored eight more times including two from Grace Getman, Niki Mormile, and Emily Barnard.
Springfield added one more with 25 seconds left in the half when Gabby Fogg made a great move to the middle and scored on Keith.
The Pride came out in the second half looking to cut the Panthers’ lead again. Alison Delmonte’s goal 56 seconds into the second half instead extended it to 12-3 Middlebury.
Middlebury scored another nine times before Kate Sarnacki scored for Springfield and Emma Inouye scored for Middlebury in the final five minutes of play.
The Panthers had six different players record hat-tricks. Getman, Mormile and Barnard all added one in the second half while Jane Earley, Kirsten Murphy and Susan Rowley had three goals.
Springfield (2-3) came into Sunday’s afternoon game with a 2-2 record after a 16-1 loss on Wednesday when non-conference opponent Amherst College came to Stagg.
The Pride’s schedule remains tough as they will now have nine days off before they travel to Stevens in their final game before NEWMAC play begins. They open NEWMAC action with rematches of the 2019 semifinal and finals when they host MIT and Babson.
“Take every game, game by game and every play, play by play and just work through things that we need to get better on and as we keep moving forward our season as a goal is to keep getting better to win those games in conference,” Mullady said.
Photo courtesy of Evan Wheaton