BRIDGEWATER, MA- The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team saw its 20-game winning streak spanning two decades against Bridgewater State College come to an end Thursday afternoon, as the Lyons fell to the host Bears, 18-14 on Swenson Field.
Wheaton, which hadn't lost to Bridgewater State since 1990, yielded its most goals of the season while falling to 2-4 overall. The Lyons still own a 27-5-1 series advantage dating back to 1978. With today's win, the Bears improved to 4-3.
Sophomore Hailey Colburn (Concord, NH/Concord) paced the Wheaton attack with six goals, while classmate Katie Powers (Ashburnham, MA/Cushing Academy) recorded a hat trick. Junior Tess Meyer (Concord, NH/Concord) and sophomore Sydney Ferguson (Jamestown, RI/North Kingstown) each added two tallies.
Junior goalie Marianna Marcellino (Milton, MA/Thayer Academy) turned aside two shots in a little over 10 minutes while taking the loss. Freshman Stephanie Hoomis (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) was credited with nine saves.
Bridgewater State sophomore Kristin White (Pelham, MA/Amherst Regional) led all scorers with seven goals, while senior Shannon Manning (Framingham, MA/Framingham) totaled seven points on four goals and three assists. Classmate Katie DeMaio (Port Jefferson Station, NY/Comsewogue) added two tallies and a trio of helpers, and senior Meghan Griffin (Billerica, MA/Billerica Memorial) stopped nine shots in net.
Wheaton was playing catch-up from the outset, as the Bears exploded for the first seven goals during an 11:12 stretch. Colburn put Wheaton on the board at 16:06, but Bridgewater State responded with the next two goals and four of the first half's last six in carrying a commanding 11-3 advantage into the break.
White's goal 14 seconds into the second half made the score 12-3 before the Lyons answered with four of the game's next five goals to get to within 13-7 with 23:03 remaining. Colburn and Ferguson goals 2:17 apart brought Wheaton to within 16-11 at 10:57, but White answered with two more for a seven-goal Bridgewater State advantage by the 5:11 mark. The Blue and White scored three straight in 46 seconds, but it proved to be too little too late, as neither team found the back of the net during the final 3:47.
After playing six games away from Keefe Field, the Lyons open their home slate on Saturday with a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game against Springfield College at 1:00 p.m.