Lyons drop decision to Saint Lawrence in William Smith Classic opener

GENEVA, NY- The Wheaton College field hockey team opened play at the William Smith College Classic with a 5-1 setback to New York-based Saint Lawrence University on Saturday at McCooey Field. The Lyons slipped to 3-2, while the Saints improved to 3-1.

Junior Julia Atwood (Concord, MA/Brooks School) scored for the Lyons, while senior keeper Andrea Bagley (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro) made seven saves. For Saint Lawrence, junior Caitlin Estes (Ossipee, NH/Kingswood Regional) had two goals and an assist, while graduate student Emilie Lannamann (Durham, NH/Proctor Academy) made five stops in 65:42.

The Lyons had a handful of early opportunities, firing off three shots in the opening 6:15 before the Saints broke on the board with a pair of goals 1:38 apart. The second marker, at 10:35, came at the end of a penalty-corner sequence.

With a little more than five minutes remaining in the opening stanza, Wheaton junior back Ashley English's (Watertown, MA/Watertown) defensive save prevented further damage, and the Lyons headed into halftime down by two goals.

The Blue and White began the second frame with four penalty corners in a matter of 1:11, but a defensive save denied the only Lyon shot on net. Wheaton broke through at 52:41, as Atwood converted sophomore Emily Asack's (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton) feed to make it 2-1.

After two tying Lyon tries were blocked, the Saints took the final nine shots of the game, with Bagley stopping five, but three others found the back of the net during a 6:38 stretch.

In making its second weekend trip to New York in as many years, the Blue and White will finish off competition on Sunday against nationally-ranked William Smith at 1:00 p.m. The Herons sit 18th in the most recent National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll.

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