Lyons stumble at nationally-ranked Bowdoin
BRUNSWICK, Maine- The Wheaton College field hockey team stumbled at nationally-ranked Bowdoin College on Sunday, as the Lyons dropped consecutive games for the first time with a 7-0 setback to the Polar Bears on Ryan Field.
Wheaton slips to 10-4 on the season, while Bowdoin, which entered the game ranked sixth in the country by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), remains unbeaten at 9-0.
Averaging nearly five goals prior to today, the Lyons were limited to one shot. The Polar Bears, who came into the day allowing just five goals all season, took 31 shots and held a 13-2 advantage in penalty corners.
Wheaton freshman goalie Ellie Massengill (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) matched yesterday's season high of 11 saves, including eight in the opening half.
Sophomore Kassey Matoin (Springvale, Maine/Sanford) notched two goals for the hosts, junior Katie Herter (Topsfield, Mass./Brooks School) assisted a pair, while three others contributed a goal and an assist. Sophomore goalie Kayla Lessard (Enfield, Conn./Deerfield Academy) had one first-half stop.
Bowdoin put the game out of reach early with two goals 55 seconds apart at 5:26 and 6:21. The Polar Bears tacked on three additional first-half tallies during a 6:17 span in carrying a commanding 5-0 advantage into the break. Bowdoin completed the scoring in the second stanza with insurance goals at the 43 minute mark and at 59:10.
The Lyons return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action next Saturday when they host Springfield College in Rehoboth during Homecoming weekend. Game is set for a 12:00 p.m. start.