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Field Hockey falls to Brockport in season opener

Colborn scores twice for Panthers

            SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Springfield College and Brockport State (N.Y.) were first-round winners Saturday at Springfield's Dottie Zenaty Invitational at Stagg Field, the hosts downing St. John Fisher, 3-0, in the opener and Brockport defeating Plymouth State University in the second match, 5-3.

            PSU will face St. John Fisher at 11:00 a.m. Sunday in the third-place game, while Springfield and Brockport will battle for the title at 1:00 p.m.

Brockport State 5, Plymouth State 3

            In the day's second match, the Golden Eagles of Brockport State opened up a 3-0 lead, but had to hold on for the 5-3 victory as the Panthers came storming back to make it interesting towards the end.

            Brockport tallied three goals within the first 12:26 of the contest. Senior Taryn Rossi (Webster, N.Y.) led the charge, scoring a goal at the four minute mark. Junior Madison Buckley (Liverpool, N.Y.) scored next 9:53 into the match. Buckley's goal was assisted by senior Jackie Massoni (Bay Shore, N.Y.). Then just 1:33 later, junior Gina Stephan (Clarence, N.Y.) tallied the third marker with 22:24 left in the first half, as junior Jessica Blind (Webster, N.Y.) added the assist.

            With 8:30 left, senior goalkeeper Kasey Schreiner (Hamburg, N.Y.) of Brockport stopped a Plymouth State penalty stroke. But the Panthers finally got on the board with 1:48 left in the half when senior Olivia Colburn (Lancaster, N.H.) found the back of the net, making it 3-1 at the half.

            Brockport scored twice to open up the second half with what seemed like an insurmountable 5-1 lead. Senior Jackie Massoni (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored just two minutes and five seconds into the half, assisted by senior Ashley Elmes (Hopewell Jct., N.Y.). That was followed by a tally by Buckley with 23:38 left in the game, assisted by sophomore Abby Eschen (Cazenovia, N.Y.).

            But Plymouth State was not done by any means. Colburn fired home a long shot with 8:29 left to cut the margin to 5-2, and sophomore Nikki Garvey (Canaan, N.H.) cut the margin to 5-3 with a second straight unassisted goal with 3:49 to play.

            The Panthers kept up the pressure and scored again with 1:48 left, but that goal was disallowed. That proved to be PSU's final hurrah.

            For Brockport, Schreiner had four saves. For Plymouth, junior goalkeeper Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) made three stops, including a save on a penalty stroke. 

Springfield 3, St. John Fisher 0 

            In the first game of the day, Springfield senior Liz Hurley (Holden, Mass.) led the Pride with a goal and an assist. It was senior Kayla Sokol (West Brookfield, Mass.) who scored the game's first goal just 5:18 into the match, assisted by Hurley.

            Not far beyond that, senior Meghan McHugh (Greenfield, Mass.) scored SC's second goal at the 12:57 mark, assisted by senior Jenn Califano (Suffern, N.Y.). The game's final goal was scored by Hurley, unassisted, with 16:56 left in the contest.

            Certainly impressing was SC's freshman goalkeeper Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.). Although not extensively tested, Villa turned back everything thrown her way in coming up with the shutout. She was credited with three saves.

            For St. John Fisher, freshman goalkeeper Danielle Famolaro (Rome, N.Y.) had 14 saves. On the whole, Springfield outshot St. John Fisher, 23-4.

            It was the season opener for both teams. Springfield is already ahead of the game compared to last year when it opened the season at 0-8, including an 0-7 September.

(Courtesy of Springfield Sports Information)

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