SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - Extending its winning streak to seven games while matching the program's second-longest such stretch in program history, the Wheaton College field hockey team continued its torrid pace on Saturday at New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Mount Holyoke College with a 3-1 victory.
Equaling the 1995 team's run of seven consecutive wins, the Lyons are one shy of the all-time mark that spanned the 1974 and 1975 seasons. Wheaton is now 9-2 overall and in a three-way tie for first in the league standings at 3-0, while Mount Holyoke fell to 4-4 and 1-2.
Facing a stingy defense that had allowed just six goals all season, including a single tally to nationally-ranked Amherst College on Wednesday, the Lyons scored this afternoon's final three goals after falling behind early. The hosts scored at the 7:53 mark but were held in check after that, as Wheaton answered with two markers before the intermission.
The visitors knotted the contest off a penalty corner in the 23rd minute. Following a Mount Holyoke defensive save, Lyon freshman Emily Chick (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) corralled the rebound and fed junior Emily Asack (Stoughton, Mass./Stoughton) for the tying score.
Chick then used an assist from senior Jessica Strock (Centerville, Mass./Barnstable) to put Wheaton in front for good at 30:42. The Blue and White added some insurance 10 minutes into the second stanza with its second corner goal of the game. Strock picked up her second helper, sending her pass from the top of the circle into classmate Margaux Bolte (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) for the finish.
Doubling up the hosts on corners, 10-5, the Lyons nearly did the same on shots with a 19-9 advantage. Freshman goalie Ellie Massengill (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) posted three saves for her seventh win of the fall, while junior Katie Gibson (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin) had eight stops in the loss.
Lyon sophomore Gillian Mann (Burlington, Vt./Williston Northampton School) helped keep the game at a two-goal margin with a key defensive save during a sequence of Mount Holyoke shots, while the hosts were aided by three defensive saves.
Wheaton heads to league opponent Wellesley College on Tuesday for a 4:00 p.m. game.