Oct. 22, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Coming into Saturday's game against MIT, Springfield College (16-2, 6-1 NEWMAC) had won 12 of their last 13 games. The Pride had also never lost to the Engineers since the teams first met in 1986 (10-0). Springfield carried that momentum into the afternoon NEWMAC contest at Jack Barry Field and went up 3-0 less than 19 minutes into the game. The Pride never relinquished the three goal cushion and cruised to an easy 3-0 victory. Springfield has now shutout the Engineers in five of their last six meetings while outscoring MIT 27-1 during that stretch.
Senior Jaclyn Galligan opened the scoring for the Pride when she capitalized on a penalty corner pass from junior Janna Prachniak at 2:50. Springfield then went up 2-0 on senior Sarah Brooker's deflection of sophomore Brittany Veazie's shot in front of the net. Senior tri-captain Meghan Bascetta put the Pride up by three at 19:19 of the first half with a blast off a penalty corner that found the back of the cage. Springfield's offense dominated in the opening frame, controlling the flow of the game and allowing the Engineers just four shots.
MIT came out strong in the second half, but Springfield sophomore goalkeeper Emma Kaplan was a force in net. Late in the half, senior Cheryl Texin was awarded a penalty stroke for MIT but was denied by Kaplan, keeping the shutout intact. The Engineers continued to threaten as the game neared the end, but they could not get one by the tough Pride keeper. Time winded down on MIT and Springfield was able to walk away with the 3-0 shutout win, despite being outshot by the Engineers 11-6 in the second half.
Kaplan finished with 10 stops in the win for Springfield, while Alexa Herman denied nine Pride shots in the loss. Springfield outshot MIT 24-15.
MIT has now dropped their last three contests in what is their longest losing streak of the season. During that stretch, the Engineers, still winless all-time against the Pride (0-11), have not scored a goal in 195:58 of game time.
The Engineers finish up the regular season on Tuesday, October 25 when they host Wellesley College (8-5, 3-2 NEWMAC). MIT will need to find their scoring touch fast to finish the year strong and make a playoff push.