Bears Surprise Springfield; Hand Pride First Home Loss of Season

Bridget Boyle
Bridget Boyle

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Freshman Bridget Boyle had a career-high 20 kills to go with 11 digs as Coast Guard knocked off Springfield 3-1 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.

Springfield,which advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 last year, was a perfect 7-0 at home this season and the Pride were 34-1 at home in the last three seasons. The Pride had their three match win streak snapped and dropped to 10-3 overall and 2-2 in the NEWMAC.

Coast Guard, which won by set scores of 25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21 improved to 10-5 overall and 3-2 in the conference.

"I'm really proud of our team and what we accomplished tonight against a very tough Springfield team," said Coast Guard head coach Mike Bynon. "The NEWMAC is so tough every night and we need to just keep improving as we go through the rest of September and October."

Sophomore Angelou Dunton had a double-double with 14 kills and 18 digs, senior Michelle McGill  led the Bears with 21digs while senior Madison Scott led the Bears with five blocks.

Sophomore Makenna Martin led Coast Guard with 22 assists while freshman Veronica Hine added 20 assists and a career-high 11 digs in the win.

In the opening set Boyle had three kills in a 5-1 run as Coast Guard opened up a 14-10 lead. Coast Guard was leading 14-12 before they scored five straight and seven of the next eight points with Boyle adding three more kills in the spurt as the visitors took a 21-13 lead and won the set 25-19. Boyle led the Bears with eight kills in the first set while McGill had 10 digs.

The Pride held a 7-2 edge in the second set before Coast Guard scored nine of the next 11 points taking a 14-9 lead. Coast Guard led 20-16 before Springfield ran off four of the next five points to cut the deficit to 21-20. The Bears led 22-21 and got a kill from senior Emma Saunders and an ace from Boyle to force set point and the Bears won 25-22. Boyle and Dunton each had four kills in the set to lead the Bears.

Springfield jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead in the third set before the Bears closed to 7-6. The Pride would score seven straight taking what seemed to be a commanding 14-6 lead. Coast Guard would however respond with five straight of its own making it 14-11. The Pride then scored four of the next five for a 19-12 cushion. Coast Guard would get as close as 21-17 and Springfield won it 25-21.

Coast Guard led 4-1 in the fourth, but the set was later tied 16-16 before the Bears scored six of the next seven for a 22-17 advantage and won the match with a 25-21 win.

Springfield beat the Bears 3-2 last season in New London.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday at Babson when they take on the host Beavers in a NEWMAC game at 11:00 before taking on UMass-Boston in non-conference game at 1:00.