BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Appearing in the fifth Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament game in program history, the Wheaton College field hockey team held a 3-1 lead in the second half before falling to Bridgewater State University in overtime, 4-3, Wednesday afternoon at Swenson Field.
The Lyons close their season with a 10-9 record, marking the fifth time in the last six seasons they have reached the 10-win plateau. They also saw senior Emily Asack (Stoughton, Mass./Stoughton) become the program's all-time scoring leader as her second-half goal gave her 105 career points.
The Bears improve to 13-6 and advance to play No. 1 seed Plymouth State Saturday afternoon in the ECAC Semifinals.
Wheaton junior defender Gillian Mann (Burlington, Vt./Williston Northampton School) opened the scoring in the 11th minute as she knocked home a short pass from sophomore midfielder Emily Chick (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) at 10:04.
Junior midfielder Shelby Farland (Fiskdale, Mass./Tantasqua Regional) tied the game up in the 30th minute off a feed from senior Breanna Clement (Pittsfield, Mass./Maine Central Institute). The two teams would head to the intermission with the score deadlocked at 1-1.
Wheaton took control of the game midway through the second half as Asack and Aliza Underhill (Corinth, Maine/Central) scored back-to-back goals over a seven minute stretch to give the visitors a 3-1 advantage. Sophomore defender Eliza Kennedy (Madison, Conn./Tabor Academy) set up the Asack goal at 48:58 while Underhill converted off a penalty corner at 55L41. Chick picked up her second helper of the night on Kennedy's goal.
Bridgewater head coach Erika Smith called a timeout following the Lyons third goal, and the Bears responded by scoring a pair of goals to tie the match at three. Clement scored off a rebound of a Farland shot to cut the deficit to 3-2 in the 61st minute. Just over three minutes later, Clement redirected a long shot from junior Megan Cullinane (Lunenburg, Mass./Nashoba Regional) from outside the circle to tie the game up at three apiece.
Wheaton had the best two scoring opportunities at the end of regulation. Asack had a shot that was blocked and sophomore Jenna Rocha's (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) scoring bid was turned away by BSU junior goalkeeper Cassie Johansen (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.Comsewogue) in the 67th minute.
In overtime, Farland broke in alone on sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Massengill (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) and, after seeing her shot stopped by a diving Massengill, was awarded a penalty stroke. Farland tucked a low shot inside the left corner to end the game and send the Bears to the semifinals.
Bridgewater held the edge in play in overtime, outshooting the Lyons 6-1 in the extra session. Johansen turned aside six shots in the contest to record her 13th win of the season. Massengill recorded six saves. The Lyons also received an overtime defensive save from senior Bonnie Davies (Roxbury, Conn./Shepaug Valley).
Shots were even at 14 apiece for the game while Bridgewater held a slight 7-6 edge in penalty corners.