Late surge helps Lyons pull away for 17-10 NEWMAC win at Smith
NORTHAMPTON, MA- Behind a late surge, the Wheaton College women's lacrosse team pulled away from Smith College for a 17-10 victory on Saturday in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.
The Lyons, who downed the Pioneers for the 12th time in the last 13 meetings, improved to 5-7 overall and 2-2 in the league. Smith is now 3-10 and 0-4.
Sophomore Hailey Colburn (Concord, NH/Concord) netted six goals while adding two assists for Wheaton, junior Tess Meyer (Concord, NH/Concord) had four markers, and sophomore Brittany Whynot (Fountain Hills, AZ/Fountain Hills) provided a hat trick. Classmate Katie Powers (Ashburnham, MA/Cushing Academy) scored once and added two helpers. In net, junior Marianna Marcellino (Milton, MA/Thayer Academy) made eight saves in a little more than 44 minutes to pick up the victory, and freshman Stephanie Hoomis (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) had four stops in relief.
Senior Kaitlyn Murdough (Hinsdale, NH/Northfield Mount Hermon School) netted three goals for Smith, while sophomore Meaghan Fileti (Palos Verdes Estates, CA/Palos Verdes) notched two markers and an assist. Freshman Meredith Kallfelz (North Easton, MA/Oliver Ames) made 13 saves between the pipes.
Three quick goals, including two by Colburn, had the visitors up 3-0 just 3:38 into the contest, but the Pioneers scored the next two and never trailed by more than four goals during the opening stanza. Sudbey's first marker, at 10:01, gave Wheaton its largest lead of the half at 6-2.
A Murdough marker brought the Pioneers to within 7-5 at 28:33 of the second period before Wheaton began pulling away, scoring five straight goals in a 9:49 stretch. Five different Lyons scored, with Sudbey's tally making the score 12-5 with 17:32 remaining. However, Smith clawed to within 12-9 by 15:02, as the hosts netted four goals in a matter of 1:23.
From there, Wheaton completed the contest on a 5-1 run over the last 10:44, with Colburn, Meyer and Whynot each tallying during a short 1:56 burst.
The Lyons complete their regular season slate next week with a trio of games, beginning with a home contest against NEWMAC foe Wellesley College on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.