Trio of hat tricks pushes Wheaton past non-conference foe Emerson

NORTON, MA- Three players netted hat tricks to lead Wheaton College past Emerson College, 19-7 on Thursday at Keefe Field in non-conference women's lacrosse action. Now 4-7, the Lyons snapped the 6-4 Lions' three-game winning streak, as Emerson's prior three losses this spring had come by a total of five goals.

Sophomore Hailey Colburn (Concord, NH/Concord) notched three goals and three assists, as her 21 helpers this season are the most by a Lyon in 10 years, while classmate Sydney Ferguson (Jamestown, RI/North Kingstown, RI) had three markers and an assist, and junior Kathryn Sudbey (Sandy Hook, CT/Newtown) added a hat trick.

Sophomores Sabrina Fiori (Newton, MA/Beaver Country Day School), Katie Powers (Ashburnham, MA/Cushing Academy) and Brittany Whynot (Fountain Hills, AZ/Fountain Hills) added two goals and a helper apiece. Freshman Kristen Palmer (East Dorset, VT/Burr and Burton Academy) scored once with an assist, while junior Marianna Marcellino (Milton, MA/Thayer Academy), the first of three keepers, earned the win.

Junior Maeghan Ross (Wrentham, MA/King Philip Regional) tallied four times for the Lions, while classmate Katie Dodge (West Newbury, MA/Pentucket Regional) scored twice. Freshman Emily Saeger (Center Valley, PA/Southern Lehigh) made nine saves.

Dodge's pair of goals had the squads tied at two 3:26 into the contest, but a team goal for Wheaton 19 seconds later ignited a 7-0 run, as Colburn's pass from behind the net was inadvertently knocked in by an Emerson player. Five players tallied during the stretch, with Fiori finding the back of the goal twice, including recording the game-winner.

After the Lyons turned a 10-3 halftime advantage into a 13-4 lead by 23:54 of the second stanza, with three players tallying in a 2:13 stretch, Emerson cut its deficit back to seven with 18:33 to go. However, Wheaton kept the visitors off the board for the next 13:42 while scoring five times. Sudbey tallied twice during the run.

The Lyons return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday at Smith College at 1:00 p.m.

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