Wheaton succumbs to long MIT run in 10-3 setback

NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team jumped out to a 3-1 advantage early in the first half before succumbing to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 9-0 run during a 10-3 loss in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Tuesday at Keefe Field.

Despite holding the Engineers to their lowest offensive output of the season, the Lyons dropped their third straight game to MIT while falling to 3-7 on the season and 1-2 in league play.  The Engineers won for the third consecutive time to improve to 7-3 and 2-1.

Wheaton sophomore Sabrina Fiori (Newton, MA/Beaver Country Day School) scored the game's first two goals and the initial two tallies of her career, while classmate Hailey Colburn (Concord, NH/Concord) finished with a goal and an assist.  Sophomore Katie Powers (Ashburnham, MA/Cushing Academy) had a helper, and junior Marianna Marcellino (Milton, MA/Thayer Academy) stopped 12 shots between the pipes.

Sophomore Katie Kauffman (Olney, MD/Sherwood) paced all scorers with four goals for the Engineers, while senior Casey Flynn (Silver Spring, MD/Georgetown Visitation Prep) turned in two markers and an assist.  Junior Kelly Duncan (Rockville Centre, NY/Sacred Heart Academy) also scored twice, and sophomore goalie Allison Hamilos (Medfield, MA/Medfield) notched seven saves.

Fiori converted passes from Powers at 27:11 and Colburn at 24:36 for a quick 2-0 edge before Kauffman sliced the deficit in half 3:14 later.  Colburn's free-position goal with 19:32 to play before the break proved to be Wheaton's last tally, as the Lyons were held off the board for the final 49:31.  Kauffman found the back of the net a second time at 12:36 of the first half before junior Stephanie Leger (Vienna, VA/James Madison) knotted the score as time expired.

In the second half, Duncan scored what proved to be the game-winner with 22:21 remaining.  Duncan, Flynn and Kauffman recorded two goals apiece in the second stanza.

Wheaton remains at home on Thursday for a non-conference game against Emerson College at 4:30 p.m.

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