Wheaton clamps down on Bowdoin before Polar Bears pull away

BRUNSWICK, ME- The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team stood tied at five with Bowdoin College late in the first half before giving way to a Polar Bear offensive surge during a 16-7 setback on Tuesday evening at Ryan Field. The Lyons slipped to 1-3, while Bowdoin is 2-3.

Sophomore Hailey Colburn (Concord, NH/Concord) netted at least five points for the fourth straight game for Wheaton, finishing with two goals and three assists. Classmate Katie Powers (Ashburnham, MA/Cushing Academy) tallied two markers and a helper, senior Chrissy Norberg (Winchester, MA/Northfield Mount Hermon School) tacked on a pair of goals, and sophomore Brittany Whynot (Fountain Hills, AZ/Fountain Hills) also scored.

Junior Marianna Marcellino (Milton, MA/Thayer Academy) took the loss for the Lyons after making five stops in nearly 35 minutes, while freshman Stephanie Hoomis (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) had six saves during a little more than 25 minutes.

Sophomore Katie Herter (Topsfield, MA/Brooks School) collected five goals and an assist for Bowdoin, while classmates Katie Stewart (Chevy Chase, MD/Sidwell Friends School) and Celeste Swain (Berkeley, CA/Berkeley) each added a hat trick. Freshman Tara Connolly (Simsbury, CT/The Gunnery) made five saves in 50 minutes for the win, as the Polar Bears held a 34-16 advantage in shots.

The Lyons fell behind 3-0 after 6:16 of action before Powers and Whynot scored 58 seconds apart to draw the visitors within 3-2 at the 21:59 mark of the opening half. Bowdoin countered with the next two markers before the Blue and White held the hosts scoreless for more than 14 and a half minutes. In that time, Wheaton drew even, with Colburn, Norberg and Powers combining on three goals. Powers assisted Norberg to make it 5-3 before Colburn lent a hand on Powers' tally at 9:23 and Norberg's tying marker with 7:52 to go.

However, the Polar Bears scored the final five goals of the half en route to an 11-0 run, keeping the Lyons off the board following Norberg's tally for 30:48 until Colburn found the back of the net at 7:03. She scored again at 1:51 to cap the scoring.

Wheaton heads into New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Mount Holyoke College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

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