October 6, 2009

Lyons drop 1-0 affair against WPI during NEWMAC play

NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) field hockey teams played to a one-goal decision for the fourth time in five years on Tuesday, as the Engineers picked up a 1-0 victory during New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Clark Field.

The Lyons lost their third straight in slipping to 5-6 overall and 1-1 in the league, while WPI snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Blue and White in improving to 8-3 and 2-1. Five of the Engineers' wins have now come via a shutout, while the other three were in overtime.

Senior Andrea Bagley (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro) made four saves for Wheaton, while senior keepers Allie Griffin (Billerica, MA/Billerica) and Elizabeth Ray (Simsbury, CT/Kent School) split time for WPI. Griffin made five saves for the win, and Ray had three in relief.

Wheaton finished with advantages of 14-11 in shots and 14-7 in penalty corners, as it had two chances to score during an early penalty-corner sequence in the ninth minute. Sophomore Bonnie Davies' (Roxbury, CT/Shepaug Valley) drive was knocked away by Griffin, and classmate Emily Asack's (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton) follow-up attempt was wide. WPI senior Kelly Johnson (Buxton, ME/Bonny Eagle) made a defensive save midway through the stanza.

In the 25th minute, WPI freshman Maggie Wigley (Bridgewater, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham Regional) sent a strike from the top of the circle that Bagley kicked away, but the Engineers broke the deadlock soon thereafter. Wigley pushed a penalty-corner entry pass to sophomore Celena Dopart (Washington, DC/Sidwell Friends School), whose stick stop set up Johnson's drive into the lower left of the cage at 25:09.

Wheaton pushed to tie during the second half, with junior Jessica Strock (Centerville, MA/Barnstable) having an opportunity denied in the 54th minute by Ray before grabbing the rebound and backhanding a shot over the cage. Sophomore Catherine Fitzgerald's (Charlton, MA/Shepherd Hill Regional) hit from the top of the arc in the 58th minute was also stopped.

The Lyons cap their six-game homestand by taking on five-time defending NEWMAC Tournament champion Springfield College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Wheaton will host a Play 4 the Cure event during the contest to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

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