SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – In Tuesday's non-conference field hockey match at Stagg Field, Springfield College dominated every aspect of the game -- but one -- with Eastern Connecticut State University. That one was the most important position on the field.
Recording the most saves by an Eastern goalie in a match in eight seasons, sophomore goalie Keira Integlia (Branford) turned aside 22 of the 23 shots that came her way and remarkably limited Springfield (5-1) to a single goal in the Pride's 1-0 victory.
By collecting a career-high save total, Integlia held the hosts well below their average of nearly five goals a game against Eastern (1-4) in the first five matches of the series, which dates back to 2001.
Springfield outshot Eastern, 33-1, and commanded all 16 of the penalty corners in the game.
Integlia's save total is the seventh-highest in a match in program history and highest since Danielle Reichardt stopped a program-record 32 in a 4-1 opening-day home loss to Ramapo College in 2011.
Through five games, Integlia has totaled 76 saves, an average of 15.2, and has an .817 save percentage. On her current pace, she would break the season save record by nearly 100, and would finish second in saves per match and second in save percentage in a season.
Eastern visits the University of Southern Maine Friday at 5:30 p.m. in a Little East Conference match. Ranked tenth among 13 teams in the LEC pre-season poll, Eastern won its LEC opener, 2-0, Saturday at home. Southern Maine, ranked fourth in the LEC pre season, is opening its conference season against Eastern. The Huskies are 2-5 overall, having lost four straight. USM leads the all-time series, 18-4.