Connecticut College 2, Springfield College 1
Napolitano Stops 13 Shots in Home Debut for Camels
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Rookie net-minder Becca Napolitano (Hamden, Conn.) recorded 13 saves Brittany Fitzgerald (Ridgefield, Conn.) had a goal and an assist to lead undefeated Connecticut College (3-0) to a 2-1 victory against Springfield College in a non-conference field hockey game played on the on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field Wednesday.
Paige Murray (Andover, Mass.) chipped in with a goal and Lauren Gaffny (North Andover, Mass.) contributed with an assist for the hosts, who were out-shot 14-to-6 in the contest.
Sophomore forward Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass.) accounted for the Springfield College goal. Alexa Carlson (New Milford, Conn.) assisted on the tally. First year defender Emily Rodgers (Durham, N.H.) recorded a defensive save in the first half for the Pride, who slipped to 0-2 with the setback.
Tory Sowizral (Harvard, Mass.) recorded three saves for the visitors.
Gallo put the visitors on the board with 1:24 remaining in the opening half and the visitors carried the 1-0 advantage into the break.
But in the second stanza, Napolitano kept the Camels in contention with some clutch goaltending. With 19:40 remaining in regulation, Napolitano sprinted all the way out to near the top of the circle to break up a one-on-one situation on what easily could have been another goal for Gallo. Just over a minute later, the Pride applied heavy pressure but Napolitano made back to back saves with her blocker on shots by Rodgers and Lynn Donoghue (Barnstable, Mass.).
The Camels battled back and with 16:15 remaining, Murray rifled home a shot on a penalty corner to knot things up at one. Later on with 8:34 left, Fitzgerald put the Camels on top for good with a shot from the left side of the circle.
The hosts were able to home on for the 2-1 victory.
Springfield will visit Keene State College Sunday afternoon for a 1:00 p.m. game in the Granite State. The Camels will visit Hamilton College for an 11:00 a.m. NESCAC game in Clinton, N.Y.
September 14, 2011