WORCESTER, MA- Freshman Mel Melkonian (Worcester, MA/Saint Peter-Marian) completed her hat trick midway through the first overtime period, sending Clark University past Wheaton College, 4-3 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey contest on Saturday at Granger Field.
The Lyons slipped to 5-9 overall and 1-4 in the league after winning the previous five meetings with the Cougars. Clark improved to 7-4 and 4-1, as the squads have now gone to overtime in each of their last three contests in Worcester.
Junior Julia Atwood (Concord, MA/Brooks School) scored twice for Wheaton, while sophomore Emily Asack (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton) also got on the board while adding an assist. Senior Andrea Bagley (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro) made 13 saves for the visitors, who recorded 15 of the game's 20 penalty corners.
Freshman Madeleine Lutts (Salem, MA/Salem) notched a goal and two assists for Clark, which held a 17-16 edge in shots, while senior Kathryn Dawsey (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs) made 11 stops. Classmate Gloria Torres (West Hartford, CT/Hall) contributed a pair of defensive saves.
Asack got Wheaton off and running just 4:58 into the contest with her 10th marker of the year before Atwood converted sophomore Catherine Fitzgerald's (Charlton, MA/Shepherd Hill Regional) touch at 14:25. The Lyons nearly took the 2-0 edge into halftime, but Melkonian put her team on the board with just 36 seconds remaining.
Torres denied Atwood in the 37th minute, but Atwood found the back of the net at 41:33 off an Asack pass, providing the Lyons with their second two-goal lead. In the 48th minute, Bagley stopped a shot, but the rebound found Lutts, who made it 3-2. At 54:34, Melkonian knotted the contest off of Lutts' assist, and Torres provided a critical defensive save in the 65th minute that kept the score tied. Wheaton ran off a pair of corners with no time remaining but was not able to fire off a shot.
In overtime, Clark held a 5-1 advantage in shots, with Bagley making four saves. Wheaton junior Margaux Bolte (Belmont, MA/Belmont) took the Lyons' lone shot, being denied by Dawsey, before Melkonian tallied off a Lutts helper at 79:02.
The Lyons close out their regular season home schedule by taking on Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.