SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 4, 2005 -- Springfield College senior forward Sarah Brooker (Auburn, Maine) scored two goals to lead the Pride to a 3-0 victory over Western New England College and capture the 2005 Zenaty Invitational championship in field hockey today on Benedum Field.
The Pride (2-0) controlled the ball for most of the first half and took a 1-0 lead into halftime on Brooker’s first goal with 4:21 to play. With 25:07 to go in the second half, junior midfielder Amy Drake (Bellingham, Mass.) tallied the game’s second goal to give the Pride a two-goal lead. Brooker added her second goal of the contest with 17:51 left on the clock. The Pride kept the Golden Bears (2-1) scoreless throughout the remainder of the game for the 3-0 victory.
Pride sophomore goalkeeper Emma Kaplan (Ridgefield, Conn.) tallied one save, while WNEC senior goalkeeper Jillian Brown recorded 11 saves in the loss.
The Pride defeated Eastern Conn. in Saturday’s match-up while the Golden Bears defeated Endicott to advance to today’s championship game. The Pride captured its second-straight Zenaty Invitational Championship with the victory and ninth-consecutive season-opening tournament hosted by Springfield College.
The Most Valuable Player of the tournament was awarded to SC junior forward Janna Prachniak (Lincoln, R.I.). Prachniak tallied an assist in the championship game against WNEC. The All-Tournament team consisted of Eastern Conn. senior Erika Profenno, Endicott senior Ashley Wallace, WNEC sophomore Amy Cunningham, and Pride senior Amber Paradee (Sheldon, Vt.).
SC travels to Keene State on Wednesday, September 7, at 7:00 pm.Consolation Game: Endicott 3, Eastern Connecticut 0
Endicott College junior forward Lindsay Fallon led the way scoring two goals as the Gulls defeated Eastern Connecticut State University, 3-0, in the consolation game of the Zenaty Invitational.
With Endicott leading 1-0 for most of the match, Fallon put the game out of reach, netting her first goal in the 63rd minute of action (62: 41) and her second score in the 68th minute (67:49).
Sophomore midfielder Ashley Meunier scored the first goal of the game for the Gulls, which move to 1-1 on the season. Senior Ashley Wallace and junior Lyndsay Woods each picked up an assist in the win.