Vonachen scores both goals for Panthers
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Led by a nine-point performance from senior attack Bianca Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), the Springfield College women's lacrosse team cruised to a 15-2 victory over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.
Springfield, which was receiving votes in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) National Rankings, improves to 3-0, while the Panthers dropped their season opener and are now 0-1.
Springfield held an edge in all statistical categories, including a 36-12 advantage in shots, a 33-13 advantage in ground balls, and a margin of 13-3 in draw controls. The Pride was also 17-of-18 clearing on the afternoon.
Raniolo notched a career-high eight assists to go along with a late goal in transition to complete her nine-point performance, while sophomore Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) notched a game-high four goals in the win. Additionally, sophomores Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) and Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) posted three goals apiece. In net, junior goalkeeper Gabriella Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) posted six saves in the victory.
Junior Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) had both goals for Plymouth State, while sophomore Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) had the lone assist for the visitors. In net, junior Meg Brault (South Windsor, Conn.) made 12 stops over 46:30, while freshman Emilee Wargo (Madison, Conn.) came in for the last 13:30 and made two saves.
Plymouth State got on the board just 5:52 into the contest when Vonachen converted a free-position chance to give the Panthers an early 1-0 advantage, before the junior pushed the visitors' lead to a pair when she collected a pass from Tingley and found the back of the net to make it 2-0 just 1:44 later.
Steidler broke the ice for the Pride just 40 seconds later when she took a pass from Raniolo and found twine to cut Springfield's deficit in half, before freshman Allie Goddard (Acton, Mass.) collected her own rebound on a shot and scored to even the score at two with 18:25 left in the first half.
From there, Springfield poured on the offense, receiving goals from Corsano and Steidler just 2:26 apart to make it 4-2, before Mahoney took a pass from Goddard and netted a shot with 1:41 left in the first half to make it 5-2, Springfield, at the break.
Coming out of the locker room, Springfield picked up right where it left off, as Corsano capitalized on another free-position chance, followed by back-to-back goals from Mahoney to make it 8-2, Pride, with 18:44 left in the game. Sophomore Stephanie Hyslip (Hanson, Mass.) recorded her first goal of the season just 1:24 later, sparking another spurt of goals from Goddard and Corsano, both assisted by Raniolo, to make it 11-2 with 11:02 left. The Pride would get another goal from Steidler off a feed from Raniolo with 7:55 remaining, before Raniolo picked off a clearing pass from Wargo and finished the transition goal to make it 13-2, before Springfield received goals from Mahoney and freshman Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) to seal the victory.
Up next, Springfield will travel to Connecticut College on Wednesday, March 9 for a 7 p.m. contest with the Camels. Plymouth State visits Salve Regina University on Wednesday for a 4:30 p.m. opening draw.
(Courtesy of Springfield Sports Information)
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