SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 29, 2007) – The Springfield College field hockey team erupted for six goals as it topped Clark University, 6-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the Pride’s Stagg Field.
With the win, Springfield, ranked #17 in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III poll, is now 8-2, 1-1 in conference play on the season. Clark falls to 4-4, 0-1 in conference play.Meg Bradley (Cumberland, R.I.) opened up the scoring for the Pride at the 28:10 mark when she finished a feed from Brittany Veazie (Dexter, Maine) to give the home squad a 1-0 advantage. Jane Kelleher (Chatham, Mass.) tacked on an unassisted tally with 15:58 remaining before Jill Urtz (Verona, N.Y.) hammered home a penalty stroke to give the Pride a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.
Kelleher tallied her second goal of the game just under three minutes into the second stanza off a feed from Becca Gamble (Granby, Conn.) before Bradley would tack on her second tally just minutes later. Allie Baier (Farmington, Conn.) rounded out the scoring for the Pride when she found the back off the cage after a scramble in front of the goal.
The Springfield defense held Clark without a shot in the entire match as Emma Kaplan (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Julia Kincade (Durham, N.H) combined for the shutout.
The Pride get right back into action on Sunday afternoon when it entertains No. 8 Cortland at Stagg Field. First whistle is set for 1:00 p.m.