Wheaton deals Mount Holyoke first NEWMAC loss of season, 2-1

REHOBOTH, Mass. - Senior Emily Asack (Stoughton, Mass./Stoughton) scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season six minutes into the second half and sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Massengill (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) made 12 saves in Wheaton College's 2-1 win over Mount Holyoke College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action Saturday afternoon at Faxon Field.

The wins snaps a two-game losing skid for the Lyons, who even their mark at 5-5 (1-2 NEWMAC) while improving to 20-10-2 all-time against Mount Holyoke. The 'visiting' Lyons suffered their first conference loss of the season and depart Rehoboth with a record of 5-3 (2-1 NEWMAC).

With the score tied at one entered the second stanza, the Lyons capitalized on a scramble in front of the Mount Holyoke net and scored what proved to be the game-winning goal. Following a pair of Asack shots that were kept out of the net, she continued to whack away and deposited her third game-winning goal of the season at 51:03.

"It was great to see the team play to their potential today and get a win," said Wheaton head coach Rebecca Begley. "This was a much needed and much deserved win."

Mount Holyoke grabbed an early 1-0 lead on freshman Christine Ianni's (Wilmington, Del./Tower Hill) fifth goal of the season at 12:46. Classmate Kirsten Kilburn (North Branford, Conn./North Branford) took a shot that was kicked out by Massengill, and Ianni banged in the rebound near the right post.

The Lyons tied the score late in the half to even the score at one going into the break. Senior Tricia Chase (Feeding Hills, Mass./Cathedral) recorded a defensive save for Mount Holyoke, but sophomore Eliza Kennedy (Madison, Conn./Tabor Academy) pounced on the rebound and potted her third goal of the season at 33:59.

Mount Holyoke doubled up the Lyons on both shots (19-8) and penalty corners (16-8) but were only able to get one by Massengill, who improved to 4-5 with the win. Senior Katie Gibson (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin) got the starting nod in goal for the Lyons and made three saves to fall to 5-3.

Wheaton returns to action on Sunday when they travel to Paxton for a 1 p.m. game at Anna Maria. Mount Holyoke travels to Dudley on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game with Nichols.

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