October 5, 2010

Lyons win in Wellesley for first time in nearly two decades, extend streak

WELLESLEY, Mass. - The Wheaton College field hockey team won at Wellesley College for the first time since 1991 and in the process matched the program's longest winning streak of eight games thanks to its 4-3 comeback victory during Tuesday's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest.

Improving to 10-2 overall while remaining perfect in league play at 4-0, the Lyons' eight straight victories are the most ever in a season.  Wheaton's only other eight-win run took place over the 1974 and 1975 campaigns.  The Lyons' 4-0 league start matches the 2006 team for the school's best start to a NEWMAC slate in the league's 13-year history.  Wellesley is 3-7 and 1-3.

Just 12 games into the season, Wheaton has already set the program's all-time mark for single-season goals with 62, surpassing the 2006 total of 59.  Senior Jessica Strock (Centerville, Mass./Barnstable) turned in two tallies in raising her season total to 15, including posting the 64th-minute game-winner, while junior Carmela Luzi (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug Regional) added a pair of goals.  Freshman goalie Ellie Massengill (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) finished with six saves.

Three different Wellesley players scored and five contributed at least a point, while senior Sarina Sawyer (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) turned aside four shots in the loss.

The hosts opened the scoring just 1:10 into action, but that proved to be the only goal in the first half, as the teams exploded for a combined six second-half markers.  Wellesley doubled its advantage at the 40:54 mark before the Lyons answered with three goals during a 9:29 span.

Just 2:50 after Luzi's second score gave Wheaton a short-lived 3-2 lead, the Blue knotted the game on a penalty stroke at 58:22.  However, the visitors bounced back yet again, this time with Strock finishing off a pass from freshman Emily Chick (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) at 63:12.

With Strock's two goals and four points, she now has 15 and 36, respectively, on the season.  Her 36 points are the fourth-highest single-season total in school annals, while her 15 markers are good for fifth.

The Lyons head home on Saturday to take on league opponent Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at Faxon Field in Rehoboth at 1:00 p.m.

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