September 20, 2009

Lyons limit nationally-ranked William Smith during 2-0 setback

GENEVA, NY- The Wheaton College field hockey team limited a high-powered William Smith College offense to two goals during a 2-0 setback against the nationally-ranked Herons on Sunday on the second day of the William Smith Classic at McCooey Field.

The Lyons are now at .500 with a 3-3 mark, while the hosts, who are 18th in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll, remained undefeated at 6-0. The Blue and White yielded only two goals and 17 shots to the Herons, who entered the game averaging 5.2 tallies on 31 shots during their first five games. William Smith had been limited to fewer than four goals only once all year prior to Sunday. 

Senior keeper Andrea Bagley (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro) made a season-high 13 saves between the Wheaton pipes, as the hosts held advantages of 17-9 in shots and 10-7 in penalty corners. Freshman Taryn Little (Wells, VT/Granville) made eight saves for the Herons.

The Lyons took four of the game's first five shots over the opening 12:40 of the first half, including running four penalty corners in that stretch, but each shot was stopped by Little. At 16:20 of the period, the hosts broke the stalemate, and the 1-0 score stood at the intermission.

Just 3:04 into the second half, the Herons doubled their lead after a breakout pass led to a one-on-one opportunity with Bagley, but the senior netminder stood firm from there. With a little less than 10 minutes to go in the game, five straight William Smith shots were denied by Bagley in a stretch of 1:37. Wheaton's best scoring chance came with a little more than 7:30 remaining, as Little charged out to deny sophomore Emily Asack (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton).

Wheaton returns to Norton on Wednesday for the opener of a six-game homestand against Rivier College at 5:00 p.m.

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