Lyons tie Wellesley late in second half before dropping 11-8 decision
NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team knotted visiting Wellesley College with 12:48 to play in the second half before giving way to three Blue goals during the remainder of regulation, losing 11-8 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Tuesday at Keefe Field.
Wheaton, which had its two-game winning streak end, slips to 5-8 overall and 2-3 in league play while falling to Wellesley for the fifth straight meeting. Improving to 5-9 and 2-3, the Blue snapped its three-game slide.
Sophomore Brittany Whynot (Fountain Hills, AZ/Fountain Hills) paced the hosts with a hat trick, while classmate Hailey Colburn (Concord, NH/Concord) had two markers and an assist. Sophomore Katie Powers (Ashburnham, MA/Cushing Academy) and freshman Kristen Palmer (East Dorset, VT/Burr and Burton Academy) each posted a tally and a helper, and junior Marianna Marcellino (Milton, MA/Thayer Academy) made seven saves.
Junior Jenny Holland (Bethesda, MD/Sidwell Friends School) notched four goals to lead Wellesley, senior Caitlin Meeker (Columbia, MD/Oakland Mills) and freshman Meagan Fuchs (Portland, OR/Lincoln) scored twice apiece, while first-year Allison Robbins (North Bennington, VT/Holderness School) had a goal and an assist. Junior goalie Mary Mattia (Atlanta, GA/Lovett School) came away with eight stops.
Wellesley tallied four of the game's first five goals by the midway point of the opening half, with Fuchs and Holland scoring two times each. The hosts trimmed their deficit to 4-3 with a Colburn free-position goal at 14:33 and a marker from junior Kathryn Sudbey (Sandy Hook, CT/Newtown) at 11:29, but three different Blue players found the back of the net during a half-ending 3-1 run as Wellesley held a 7-4 advantage at the intermission.
Wheaton answered with a 4-1 run to begin the second half, as three different Lyons tallied to tie the score at eight 17:12 in. Whynot posted a pair of goals in the stretch, while Palmer scored once and assisted another. However, the hosts were held scoreless during the final 12:47, as Holland collected the game-winner at 10:50 in sparking a 3-0 spurt over 5:34.
On Thursday, the Lyons head to non-league foe Tufts University in Medford, where they will face the nationally-ranked Jumbos at 4:30 p.m. Tufts is ranked sixth in the country by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).