October 27, 2009

Lyons complete regular season with 3-1 setback at Wellesley

WELLESLEY, MA- The Wheaton College field hockey team wrapped up its regular season slate on Tuesday with a 3-1 setback at Wellesley College, which earned at least a share of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season title. The Lyons are 6-11 overall and 2-6 in the league, while the Blue improved to 11-7 and 6-2.

Sophomore Emily Asack (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton) scored for Wheaton, as she extended her own school records for underclassmen to 12 goals and 31 points. Senior keeper Andrea Bagley (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro) made 13 stops, while sophomore Bonnie Davies (Roxbury, CT/Shepaug Valley) recorded a defensive save.

Three different players scored for the Blue, while junior Sarina Sawyer (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) had one stop in the Wellesley net. The hosts held advantages of 25-7 in shots and 13-2 in penalty corners.

Despite being outshot 14-3 in the opening half, Wheaton nearly broke on the board first, but senior Alex Block's (Saratoga, CA/Saratoga) blast hit the inside of the post in the 24th minute. The Blue responded with 10 of the opening half's final 11 shots, with the hosts scoring with 57 seconds left in the stanza.

Davies denied Wellesley a 2-0 advantage with a defensive save in the 39th minute, but Wellesley went ahead by two at the 54-minute mark. After Sawyer stopped a Lyon try early in the 67th minute, Asack was there for the rebound, cutting Wheaton's deficit to 2-1 with 3:55 remaining in regulation. However, the Blue tallied the final marker just 17 seconds later.

The Lyons will find out later tonight who they play in the first round of the NEWMAC Tournament on Saturday, as eighth-seeded Wheaton will either travel to Wellesley or Clark University for the postseason contest.

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