By Tyler Browne
After a slow start, the Springfield College field hockey team overpowered Wellesley 4-1 on Saturday afternoon. The Pride have had a rough time in conference play this season, and entered the game with just a 1-3 record in NEWMAC matchups.
The first two quarters were relatively quiet, and the game was still scoreless at halftime. Five minutes into the third quarter, Wellesley struck first when Carson Denis scored on an assist by Danielle Brubaker. Two minutes later, Taylor Conley tied the game for the Pride.
However, the Pride have excelled throughout this season in come-from-behind victories.
“You always want to set the tone in a game and get on the board first but in games when we haven’t done that, they’re really good at being down a goal and taking the challenge on from there,” said Springfield Coach Melissa Sharpe.
Just when the celebration ended, it began again. Just 20 seconds after Conley’s goal, Audrey Bresciano gave the Pride a 2-1 lead.
Three minutes into the final quarter, Conley scored her second goal of the day.
“[Taylor] played extremely well…she’s peaking at a great time for us,” said Sharpe.
Springfield cemented their lead with a goal from Kyra Ashe, assisted by Taylor Low, with just over a minute left in the game.
With the victory, the Pride improved to an overall record of 8-6, with a NEWMAC record of 2-3.
The Pride return to action on Tuesday, when they take on Clark at 4:00 on Stagg Field.