NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- The Wheaton College field hockey team struck in the first three minutes of play Thursday night at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth before giving way to five Corsair goals in suffering a 5-1 setback at Cressy Field.
Wheaton falls to 2-1 following its first road contest of the fall, while UMass-Dartmouth collects its second straight win to move to 2-1. All three Corsair opponents have been members of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
Junior forward Julia Atwood (Concord, MA/Brooks School) provided the Lyons with an early spark after scoring her first goal of the season 2:43 in, but the hosts took the lead for good with a pair of tallies 5:12 apart approaching the midway point of the opening frame. UMass-Dartmouth put the game out of reach with a trio of second-half tallies during a 5:55 span.
Junior forward Jessica Strock (Centerville, MA/Barnstable) connected with Atwood on Wheaton's lone tally, while senior goalie Andrea Bagley (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro) was credited with six stops. The Corsairs held a 15-9 advantage in shots, and the teams split the game's 10 penalty corners.
Juniors Natalie Brown (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth) and Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth) paced UMass-Dartmouth with two goals apiece, while freshman Erica Allan (Amherst, MA/Amherst) had a tally and an assist. Senior Seana Golden (Somerset, MA/Bishop Stang) made six saves in the cage.
Wheaton continues its four-game road swing on Saturday at Lasell College at 1:00 p.m.