Lyons stay close early, eventually drop NEWMAC decision at Wellesley

WELLESLEY, MA- The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team trailed Wellesley College just 5-4 nearly 12 minutes into Tuesday's contest before the Blue pulled away for a 22-13 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory.

With the loss, the Lyons slipped to 6-8 overall and 2-3 in league play, as they are now assured of the fifth seed in next week's NEWMAC Tournament. The Blue is 8-6 and 3-2.

Wheaton senior Bridget Thornton (Southington, CT/Cheshire Academy) tallied the initial goal of the contest after just 26 seconds, but Wellesley responded with four straight markers for a 4-1 lead by 24:43. The Lyons slowly edged closer, as sophomore Tess Meyer's (Concord, NH/Concord) goal at 23:10 was followed by a Thornton tally 34 seconds later.

After the Blue went back up by two, Lyon senior Madeline Williams (Annapolis, MD/Key School) made it 5-4 at 18:33. However, Wellesley countered just 17 ticks later, sparking a 3-0 spurt during a 1:32 stretch that turned into an 8-1 run. Senior Caitlin Grant (Walpole, MA/Walpole) had the Wheaton goal in that span, and the Blue led 16-7 at the half.

Grant and Meyer scored 41 seconds apart early in the second stanza to bring Wheaton within seven, but the hosts eventually went up by as many as 12. Grant, Williams and freshman Sydney Ferguson (Jamestown, RI/North Kingstown) each tallied during the final eight minutes, as the Lyons ended the game on a 3-0 run.

Grant paced Wheaton with three goals and an assist, while Meyer also turned in a hat trick. Williams ended up with two goals and a pair of helpers, and Thornton and senior Abbie Sherwin (Rye, NH/Portsmouth) totaled two markers apiece. Junior Chrissy Norberg (Winchester, MA/Northfield Mount Hermon School) provided a pair of assists, while sophomore Marianna Marcellino (Milton, MA/Thayer Academy) made 13 saves.

Freshman Meredith Roy (Merrimack, NH/Phillips Exeter Academy) had six goals for Wellesley, and junior Molly Morrow (Bow, NH/Bow) ended up with five markers and two assists. Sophomore Jenny Holland (Bethesda, MD/Sidwell Friends School) finished with five goals, while classmate Mary Mattia (Atlanta, GA/Lovett School) made eight stops.

Wheaton completes its regular season slate at NEWMAC leader Babson College on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The Beavers, who are ranked 13th nationally, carry a 5-0 league record.