LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL- The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team finished its three-game, four-day trip to Florida with a heartbreaking 12-11 loss to Connecticut College on Thursday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The Lyons return north with a 1-2 record, while the Camels, who picked up their second consecutive one-goal victory in three days, improve to 2-1.
Sophomore Hailey Colburn (Concord, NH/Concord) fell one assist shy of a 10-year-old school record for assists in a game, as she finished with four. Colburn also scored twice in notching her third straight game of at least six points.
Classmate Katie Powers (Ashburnham, MA/Cushing Academy) found the back of the net five times, while senior Chrissy Norberg (Winchester, MA/Northfield Mount Hermon School) turned in a hat trick. Freshman Kristen Palmer (East Dorset, VT/Burr and Burton Academy) added a pair of assists.
Tonight's game featured several runs, especially in the first half, when Connecticut College answered Wheaton's initial two scores with a 7-0 stretch over 15:03, giving the Camels a 7-2 advantage. The Lyons went scoreless for 21-plus minutes before using a half-ending 3-0 spurt in the final 6:07 to close within 7-5 at the intermission.
After Connecticut College opened the scoring 1:33 into the second stanza, the Blue and White responded with two tallies to bring the score to 8-7 with less than 20 minutes remaining. The Camels rattled off three consecutive goals to push their lead out to 11-7 at the 11:19 mark before Wheaton made it 11-9 by 8:10.
Connecticut College found the back of the net for the final time at 7:16, but it proved to be enough as a pair of Powers goals trimmed the Lyon deficit to one with 1:34 to go. Wheaton had a chance to tie in the waning seconds, but the Camels forced a Blue and White turnover before coming away with the ground ball to seal the win.
The Lyons return home to face another New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foe on Tuesday, when they travel to Brunswick, Maine, to take on Bowdoin College at 7:00 p.m.