Lyons hang tough until early second half before Amherst pulls away, 13-5

Lyons hang tough until early second half before Amherst pulls away, 13-5

AMHERST, MA- The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team cut its deficit to three goals early in the second half before host Amherst College pulled away en route to a 13-5 victory on Thursday night at Gooding Field.

The Lyons slip to 3-6 with the non-conference setback, while the Lord Jeffs, who came into this evening's action receiving national votes in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll, improved to 6-2.

Wheaton sophomore Hailey Colburn (Concord, NH/Concord) had a hand in four of her team's five goals, finishing with two tallies and a pair of assists, while classmates Sydney Ferguson (Jamestown, RI/North Kingstown), Katie Powers (Ashburnham, MA/Cushing Academy) and Brittany Whynot (Fountain Hills, AZ/Fountain Hills) also scored.

Junior goalie Marianna Marcellino (Milton, MA/Thayer Academy) was credited with three stops in a little more than 20 minutes while taking the loss, and freshman Stephanie Hoomis (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) had five saves.

Amherst senior Hannah Walker (Greenwich, CT/Convent of the Sacred Heart) led all scorers with four goals, while junior Kelley Trapp (Monterey, CA/Santa Catalina) also accounted for four points with two markers and two assists.  Sophomore Lamia Harik (Rye Brook, NY/Hackley School) turned aside four shots in net.

Powers' goal 1:59 in gave Wheaton an early edge before the Lord Jeffs used a 4-0 run over 4:12 for a 4-1 lead that held up until Colburn scored at 18:20 to make it 4-2.  Amherst responded with three unanswered goals for a 7-2 advantage by 7:46 before Colburn found Whynot for the Blue and White's third goal with 2:21 left before intermission.

A Colburn feed to Ferguson at the 23:41 mark of the second half trimmed Wheaton's deficit to three at 7-4, but the Lyons would get no closer, as Amherst rattled off six of the game's final seven goals.  Colburn's free-position tally with 17:44 to play that made the score 9-5 proved to be Wheaton's final strike, as the Lord Jeffs scored four times in the last 11:37.

Wheaton takes the weekend off and will return to competition on Tuesday for a home game against New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at 5:00 p.m.  The Lyons will play on Keefe Field for just the second time in 10 games.