REHOBOTH, Mass. - Senior Emily Asack (Stoughton, Mass./Stoughton) and sophomore Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) each scored two goals to lead the Wheaton College field hockey team to a 4-2 win over Smith College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Saturday afternoon at Faxon Field.
The win evens the Lyons record at 8-8 (3-4 NEWMAC) and lifts their all-time mark against the Pioneers (4-11, 1-6 NEWMAC) to 23-14.
Rocha opened the scoring with her seventh goal of the season at 9:17. Off a penalty corner, junior Gillian Mann (Burlington, Vt./Williston Northampton School) took a shot that was kicked out by sophomore goalkeeper Savannah Lawson (Oak Bluffs, Mass./Martha's Vineyard), and Rocha fired in the rebound.
Smith answered quickly to tie the game at one when sophomore Allie Stein (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) potted her 16th goal of the season off a pass from senior Phoebe Hopkins (Philadelphia, Pa./Friends Select) at 10:27. The score remained tied at the half with Wheaton holding a 17-4 edge in shots and an 11-1 advantage in penalty corners.
Rocha's second marker of the afternoon eight minutes into the second half put the Lyons in front for good, 2-1. Sophomore Emily Chick (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) picked up the first of her two assists on the afternoon when she fed Rocha for eighth goal of 2011 at 43:42. Asack followed with goals at 47:53 and 66:40 to stretch the Lyons lead to 4-1. The second Asack marker was assisted by Chick.
Hopkins capped the scoring with her fourth goal of the season at 68:11. She took a shot from the right side that sophomore Ellie Massengill (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) dove to her left to stop, but the ball snuck under her stick and into the cage.
"This was a must-win game for us to remain in contention for a playoff spot," said Lyons head coach Rebecca Begley. "Beating Smith was huge for us. They are always a great team, and their record doesn't reflect the talent on the field. We need to defeat Clark tomorrow so that we hold the tiebreaker over them for the playoffs."
Wheaton finished with a 27-8 advantage in shots and a 19-3 edge in penalty corners. Massengill recorded five saves to improve to 7-8 on the season while Lawson recorded 13 saves.
The Lyons travel to Worcester for their matchup with Clark at 1 p.m. The Pioneers play at Keene State Thursday at 6 p.m.