SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Wheaton College field hockey team dropped a 4-2 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest against Springfield Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.
The Pride (5-5; 1-2 NEWMAC) took the lead early in the first half and never looked back. Springfield's first goal came just three minutes into the contest with a goal from Paige Laperle. Belle Copponi extended the Pride's lead in the 10th minute with an assist from Maggie Kennedy.
Wheaton (4-6; 0-3 NEWMAC) cut its deficit in half early in the second half with a Hannah Southard goal. The junior took the ball away from the Springfield defense and fired off a long range shot that made its way past Pride goalkeeper Abbey Doherty.
The home team quickly regained it's two goal cushion with another score with 20 minutes left to play. Wheaton continued to fight and those efforts were rewarded with another goal in the 53rd minute. This time with junior Kelsey Buckley finding the back of the cage. Buckley fired off a shot that was rebounded back to her, allowing her to get another shot off and this time put away.
Springfield ended the scoring moments later to complete the 4-2 win.
Riley Thompson had nine saves in the contest, while Doherty had three saves for the Pride.
Wheaton returns the field on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at home against MIT at 7 p.m.