Connecticut College Sprints Past Springfield

NEW LONDON, Conn.-Connecticut College built a 4-0 first half advantage and never looked back in its 11-4 victory against Springfield Thursday night in New London.

Cecily Cushman (Marblehead, Mass.) had a hat-trick with three goals scored to lead the Camels in the victory. Tina Balzotti (Duxbury, Mass.) chipped in with two goals while assisting on two others. Junior Meag Irvine (Westwood, Mass.) scored twice for the Camels.

First year players Annie Valle (Wellesley, Mass.) and Lacey Hale (Winchester, Mass.) both contributed with their first collegiate markers.

Lowell Abbott (Manchester, Mass.) had a goal and an assist for the Camels while fellow captain Izzy Marx (Ridgewood, N.J.) was the facilitator for the hosts, finishing with three assists in the triumph.

Six of the 11 Camel goals were assisted in the offensive uprising.

Sophomore Allisa Dalpe (East Falmouth, Mass.) collected eight of her 10 saves in the second stanza for the Camels.

Taylor Thomas (Needham, Mass.) finished with three draw controls and three caused turnovers for Connecticut College.

Springfield College sophomore Connie Nielsen (Sayville, N.Y.) scored twice to lead the Pride.

Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.) netted her team-leading 21st goal of the season to go with a game-high six draw controls for the visitors. Emily Fowler (Branford, Conn.) added a goal for Springfield in the setback.

Elizabeth Poitras (Somers, Conn.) registered two ground balls and two caused caused turnovers.

Senior net-minder Anne Versprille (Franklin, Mass.) had five saves in the loss for Springfield.

Marx assisted Abbott and Balzotti on the first two goals of the game. Then with 13:18 remaining, Charlotte McAuley (Summit, N.J.) put in a runner that vaulted the Camels out to a 3-0 advantage.

With 10:50 left in the half, the Camels tacked on another goal in an unsettled situation. Abbott pushed the ball ahead to Irvine, and the junior flicked one in to make it a 4-0 contest.

Nielsen got the Pride on the scoreboard with 2:22 remaining. However, Valle responded when she tallied with just four seconds left in the half and the Camels were on top 5-1 at the break.

The Camels scored the first six goals of the second half to take complete command of the contest.

Balzotti scored just 54 seconds into the half when she elevated to collect an entry pass and rifled home her second score of the night.

Cushman scored three of the next four goals before Irvine capped the rally with 8:52 remaining in regulation to put the Camels on top 11-1.

Springfield scored the final three goals of the night but it was not nearly enough and the Camels were able to come away with the 11-4 triumph.

The Camels held a 21-to-16 advantage in shots while the Pride carried a 13-to-10 edge in ground balls.


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