Bears Fall to Pride

Haley Howard
Haley Howard

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Coast Guard women's lacrosse fell on the road, 12-8 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at Springfield on Saturday afternoon. The Bears drop to 3-8 on the season and 1-2 in the NEWMAC, while Springfield improves to 5-6 overall and 1-2 in conference.

Taylor Pichel produced five points on two goals and three assists, all in the first half, while Sarnacki finished with three goals and one helper. Defensively, Andie Stone led the Pride with four caused turnovers and four ground balls, while Taylor Kane secured a team-best four draw controls in the win.

Sophomores Etta Davis and Haley Howard, and freshman Maddie Rizzuto all scored a pair of goals each for the Bears. Freshman Kathrine Pittman and sophomore Haley McCue added a goal apiece in the setback. Howard had a game-high six draw controls.

Springfield College scored the first five goals of the game over a span of 10:55 as Sarnacki buried a feed from Pichel just 1:03 into the contest, before Gabby Fogg scored unassisted at the 23:35 mark to make it 2-0, Pride. Next, Amanda Nusbaum converted a feed from Anjelia Altebrando just 56 seconds later to make it 3-0, before Sarnacki finished off a dish from Pichel, resulting in a 4-0 lead. Finishing off the run, the two switched roles, with Pichel scoring her first of the game at 19:05 on the clock on a feed from Sarnacki.

Davis tallied the first strike of the game with 18:20 on the clock for the Bears but, Sarnacki and Katie Martel added back-to-back goals to make it 7-1 with 16:18 on the clock. Pittman and Rizzuto scored two more goals for the Bears to end the half, trailing 8-3.

Fogg scored for the second time just 2:25 into the second half to push the Pride's lead back to six, before Rizzuto answered with her second of the game, just 50 second later. With 19:14 to play, Katie Stallone notched an unassisted marker, resulting in a 10-4 advantage for Springfield, before Coast Guard scored back-to-back goals from Davis and Howard to cut the deficit, 10-6.

Allie Goddard and Hannah Calabrese both scored to give Springfield their 12 goals, while Howard and McCue scored two of their own but it wasn't enough as the Pride took the 12-8 final.

Springfield College owned a 38-21 advantage in shots over 60 minutes of play, as the Bears held a 13-9 margin on the draw. The Pride hauled in 28 ground balls compared to Coast Guard's 15.

Sophomore Mary Budri made seven saves in her 20 mins of play and freshman Morgan Lusk finished the game with 10 saves. Springfield's Brenna Keefe made eight stops in her fifth win of the year.

The Bears are back in action on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00 PM when they host Bridgewater State in non-conference action. .