Asack's record-breaking game leads Lyons past Clark in tourney opener
REHOBOTH, Mass. - Junior Emily Asack (Stoughton, Mass./Stoughton) broke single-game school records with five goals and 10 points in leading the third-seeded Wheaton College field hockey team to a 7-0 victory over number-six Clark University in the opening round of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament on Tuesday at Faxon Field.
The win marked the 100th career victory for Wheaton head coach Rebecca Begley, whose Lyons advance to the league tourney semifinal round for the fourth time in five years. Wheaton will meet second seed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at host Babson College on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
Wheaton improved to 13-7 with the win, while Clark finishes its season at 11-7.
Asack scored twice in the first half and three times in the second stanza to break a program record previously held by six players. In addition, Wheaton's seven goals set a new school mark in postseason play, as the previous high was six during a 1987 league tournament first-round game against Mount Holyoke College.
The Lyons picked up what proved to be the only goal they'd need at 6:48, when senior Margaux Bolte (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) set up sophomore Alex Smith (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) for an early edge at the 6:48 mark. The goal was Smith's first career game-winner.
Asack followed with a pair of unassisted markers in the final 11:26 of the opening half to send the Lyons into the break with a comfortable 3-0 lead. She recorded the hat trick 5:11 into the second stanza by redirecting a feed from freshman Emily Chick (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) that snuck past Clark junior goaltender Kate McGrath (Wilmington, Mass./Wilmington).
Host junior Carmela Luzi (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug Regional) picked up her sixth goal of the season with 21:13 remaining to give the Lyons a 5-0 advantage, with classmate Bonnie Davies (Roxbury, Conn./Shepaug Valley) recording the assist on the play.
Asack tied the school standard just 45 seconds later, with Chick collecting her second helper on the goal, before breaking the program mark on an unassisted tally with 5:11 remaining.
Freshman Ellie Massengill (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) made four saves to register her second shutout of the season, while McGrath finished with six stops. Wheaton outshot the Cougars by a 15-7 count and held a 9-6 advantage in penalty corners.