SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Senior Amanda Nusbaum scored three times in the first 13 minutes to power an early 6-1 run and the Springfield College women's lacrosse team went on to a 19-8 non-conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Wednesday afternoon at Stagg Field.
A winner of seven straight since Eastern (0-2) captured the first two matches in this series, Springfield (3-0) won 20 of 27 draws which helped account for its 41-14 advantage in shots. The Pride is coming off last year's NCAA tournament appearance, having been selected on an at-large basis after losing by two goals to Babson College in its conference title game.
Down 13-3 three minutes into the second half, the Warriors answered with three of the next four goals.
Junior Madison Renaud (Somers) led Eastern with three goals, first-year sophomore Sydney Hogan (Northford) adding her third and fourth of the season and junior Tristan Kijak (Windsor) scoring twice and adding an assist. Junior Meg Bartley (Somers) came off the bench to record her first collegiate point with an assist on Eastern's third goal of the game with five minutes left in the first half.
Springfield senior Taylor Kane outdrew Eastern by securing 11 draw controls. Kijak picked up four of Eastern's total and sophomore Olivia Donahue (Avon) won two.
Senior Jessica Purick (Riverhead, NY) and sophomore Sarah Farag (Holmdel, NJ) split time in net for Eastern, combining on 12 saves. Springfield junior Brenna Keefe and freshman Abby Koehler needed only three saves, with Keefe improving to 3-0.
Eastern visits Smith College Saturday at noon in a non-conference match.