SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team erupted for a season-high 17 goals Thursday to cruise past visiting Plymouth State University, 17-4, on a rainy evening at Stagg Field.
Junior Alexandra Bazzano (Newington, Conn.) netted four goals and added an assist in the victory for the Pride. Springfield improves to 5-2 on the year with its fourth-straight win, while the Panthers drop to 0-4.
The Pride's constant pressure caused Plymouth State into 15 turnovers in the opening half and limited the Panthers to just 4-14 on clears. The Pride took advantage of the visitors' broken clears as senior Erin Doolan (Blauvelt, N.Y.) and freshman Jackie Moscardelli (Weymouth, Mass.) found the back of the cage in the opening 2:31 of the game.
The Panthers responded with their first goal as junior Kalie Judd (Peabody, Mass.) took a feed from freshman Jill Gerzabek (Branford, Conn.) and found the right side of the cage at the 24:52 mark.
The Pride was too much though as it then rattled off the game's next six goals to take a commanding 8-1 lead. The Pride got goals from junior Jenn Zubkus (Dover, N.H.), sophomore Brittany Massaro (Hartford, Conn.) and Bazzano, and a pair of tallies from sophomore Nicole Soucie (Southington, Conn.) to take an 8-2 halftime lead.
Bazzano buried a shot on the run just 36 seconds into the second stanza to kick start nine-straight unanswered goals by Springfield. The Panthers tallied the final two goals of the game in the final five minutes to make it a 17-4 final decision.
The Pride outshot the visitors, 32-13, and held the Panthers to just 8-for-24 on clears. Bazzano finished with five points off four goals and an assist, while Doolan added a hat trick and one assist. Soucie also chipped in with three goals on the night. Moscardelli continued her impressive freshman year with a goal and an assist to go along with three ground balls, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Nine different players scored in the game for SC. Junior Lauren McAulay (Yorktown, N.Y.) earned the win in goal as she made four saves in 30 minutes of work.
Judd finished with two goals and one assist for PSU, and freshman Nicole Grover (Yarmouth, Maine) and senior Sarah Bryant (Arrowsic, Maine) scored one goal each. Senior Amanda Kreamer (Lynn, Mass.) collected a team-high five ground balls.
Both teams begin their conference slates this Saturday as PSU travels to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for the Little East Conference opener (1:00 p.m.) and Springfield visits MIT for the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) debut at 2:00 p.m.
(Courtesy of Springfield Sports Information)
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