LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL- The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team bounced back from yesterday's loss to post a 15-10 victory over non-conference opponent Western New England College at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Tuesday night.
With one game on its southern trip remaining, the Lyons evened their record at 1-1 on the young season, while the Golden Bears, who were playing their fourth straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opponent, slipped to 2-3.
Sophomore Hailey Colburn (Concord, NH/Concord) led Wheaton with five goals and two assists, while senior Chrissy Norberg (Winchester, MA/Northfield Mount Hermon School) finished with four markers and a pair of helpers.
Sophomores Hannah Ferris (Rye, NH/Portsmouth) and Katie Powers (Ashburnham, MA/Cushing Academy) contributed with two goals each, and freshman goalie Stephanie Hoomis (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) finished with 10 saves between the pipes.
The Lyons and Golden Bears went back and forth for nearly half of the opening stanza, with the teams knotted at three at the 18:31 mark, but Wheaton scored the next four over three minutes, as Colburn and Norberg each tallied twice for a 7-3 advantage at 15:13. Western New England answered with five of the game's next six goals to make the score 8-8 before Ferris found the back of the net with three ticks left to give the Lyons a 9-8 halftime edge.
After an offensive flurry between the teams in the first half, Wheaton's defense clamped down in the second, stymieing the Golden Bear attack while surrendering just two goals. The Blue and White held Western New England off the scoreboard for over 23 minutes. On the other end of the field, Norberg played a hand in three of Wheaton's initial four goals in helping provide the Lyons with a 13-9 edge at 16:13. Wheaton tacked on two insurance goals by 8:22 before the Golden Bears made it 15-10 with a tally at 1:56.
Wheaton closes out its Florida swing on Thursday with a non-conference game against in-region foe Connecticut College at 6:00 p.m.