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No. 16 Field Hockey Shuts Out WPI, 3-0, for Fifth Straight Conference Win


SPRINGFIELD, Mass., October 10, 2006 – The Springfield College field hockey team defeated WPI, 3-0, tonight in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game at SC’s Benedum Field.

With the win, 16th-ranked Springfield is now 10-3 overall and 5-0 in NEWMAC play (tops in the league), while WPI falls to 10-4 overall and 2-3 in conference play. SC has now won three straight, while WPI had a two-game win streak snapped.

In today’s match, it was junior forward Eileen Jenkins (Gorham, Maine) who put Springfield into the lead by scoring a goal at 15:03 into the contest. The goal was unassisted.

The 1-0 score stood up into the second half when the Pride struck again at the 45:53 mark. This time it was sophomore forward Jane Kelleher (Chatham, Mass.) who found the back of the net. The assist went to Jenkins. Kelleher then added a final unassisted tally with just 7:17 left in the game. For Kelleher, her 12th and 13th goals of the season at least temporarily allow her to take over the league-lead in that category.

Two goalkeepers played one half each for the Pride in this game. Junior Emma Kaplan (Ridgefield, Conn.) came up with one save in the first half, while junior Julia Kincade (Durham, N.H.) made five saves in the second stanza.

For WPI, junior Mary Kate Toomey made 17 saves as she played all 70 minutes.

Springfield next plays on Saturday, Oct. 14th at 4:00 p.m. when it hosts Wheaton College on Homecoming Day. WPI will host Wellesley College on the same day at 11:00 a.m.

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