October 24, 2009

Wheaton snaps losing streak against Smith, qualifies for league tourney

ENFIELD, CT- The Wheaton College field hockey team tallied twice in the opening half against league foe Smith College on Saturday, as the Lyons qualified for the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament following their 2-0 victory at Enrico Fermi High School. 

Wheaton snapped its seven-game losing skid to improve to 6-10 overall and 2-5 in league play, securing the eighth seed in the upcoming league tournament that begins one week from today.  The Lyons eliminated Smith from the postseason, as the Pioneers dropped their eighth straight while falling to 3-11 and 0-7.

Wheaton held a narrow 14-13 edge in shots, while penalty corners were even at six apiece.  In the 16th minute, sophomore Emily Asack (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton) scored her team-leading 11th goal and second game-winner, while junior Jessica Strock (Centerville, MA/Barnstable) doubled the Blue and White lead with a tally not even five minutes later.

Senior goalie Andrea Bagley (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro) continued to climb the program's charts in career wins and shutouts, taking fifth in victories and moving into a tie for fifth in clean sheets.  Bagley finished today's action with nine stops, including eight in the second half, while senior Margaret Winter (Purchase, NY/Hackley School) had seven saves for Smith.

Asack broke the stalemate 15:17 in, successfully converting a penalty corner after receiving a pass from junior Margaux Bolte (Belmont, MA/Belmont).  Just 4:41 after Asack scored, junior Ashley English (Watertown, MA/Watertown) fed Strock for a two-goal advantage, as Strock notched her seventh tally of the season.

The Lyons will conclude their regular season and league slates on Tuesday at Wellesley College at 3:30 p.m.  Wellesley is tied with Clark University atop the conference standings.

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