BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The Springfield College field hockey team potted five first-half goals as the visiting Pride cruised to a 5-1 non-conference victory over Bridgewater State University on Thursday night at rain-soaked Swenson Field.
The Pride improve to 8-5 on the season, while the host Bears fall to 6-7.
Freshman forward Kyra Ashe (Longmeadow, Mass.) netted a pair of goals to lead the way for Springfield. Freshman midfielder Holly Rivers (Danbury, Conn.) added a goal and an assist, while senior midfielder Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) dished out a pair of helpers.
Ashe opened the scoring in the seventh minute and added her second of the night and 11th of the season in the 19th minute to stake the Pride to a 2-0 lead. Nusbaum assisted on both goals as she increased her team-leading total to 17.
Sophomore midfielder Taylor Low (Longmeadow, Mass.) buried an unassisted tally from the top of the circles just 62 seconds later to make it a 3-0 game.
Junior forward Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.) notched her fourth marker of the season off an assist from Rivers in the 27th minute. Rivers closed out the first-half scoring in the 29th minute as she converted a pass from senior forward Emily Knobel (North Attleboro, Mass.).
Senior Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.) made six saves to record her fifth win of the season between the pipes for the Pride.
Springfield finished with a 27-11 shot advantage as well as a 9-5 edge in penalty corner attempts.
Junior Jillian Delaney (Foxborough, Mass.) and senior Allison Chappell (Raynham, Mass.) split the game in goal for Bridgewater State. Delaney played the first half and turned aside six shots, while Chappell made seven saves, including the 300th of her career, in 35 minutes of shutout action.
Both teams are back in action on Saturday. The Bears travel to Framingham State University for a seven o'clock Little East Conference game with the Rams. The Pride head to Wellesley College to take on the Blue in a New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest at one.