Buckley scores lone goal for the Lyons
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Wheaton College field hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision to Springfield College on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) meeting.
Springfield netted all four of its goals in the first half and owned a 16-3 advantage in shots for the game, which was played in driving rain throughout. The Pride also took 12 of the game's 15 penalty corners.
Junior forward Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) gave the Pride an early 1-0 advantage, just 7:37 into the contest, firing a shot from the top of the arc passed Wheaton senior goalkeeper Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass./Barnstable).
Just 4:55 later, Cabral fired a shot from the top of the arc that was deflected by a Wheaton defender, but junior midfielder Katie Gill (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) gained possession of the deflection on the right side post for the finish to make it 2-0.
Two minutes after, Linnea Quist (New Preston, Conn./Shepaug Valley) sent a pass into the crease from the top of the arc, landing on the stick of Kristina Krull (Leicester, Mass./Phillips Exeter). Krull quickly fired a shot into the back of the net to extend the Pride's lead to three and record her fourth goal of the season.
With 1:38 remaining in the opening stanza, Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) delivered Springfield's fourth marker of the opening 35 minutes as she scored after making a move to free herself past Wolters.
Wheaton first-year Kelsey Buckley (Gilford, N.H./Gilford) scored the Lyon's lone goal off a feed from Amelia Gage (Lebanon, N.H./Lebanon), with 6:53 remaining in the contest, for third marker of the year.
Springfield goalkeeper Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.) made just one save for the Pride to improve to 4-3 on the season. Wolters had seven saves in the loss for Wheaton.
Wheaton (7-4, 1-2 NEWMAC) hosts MIT on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Springfield (4-5, 1-2 NEWMAC), who snaps a five-game losing skid, welcomes Castleton to its campus next Wednesday at 4 p.m.