Quick start pushes Wheaton past host Salve Regina in season opener

Quick start pushes Wheaton past host Salve Regina in season opener

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team opened the 2011 season by sandwiching a pair of 5-0 runs around a Salve Regina University goal for a quick 10-1 advantage and an eventual 19-9 triumph during Saturday's non-conference game at Gaudet Field. 

Junior Hailey Colburn (Concord, N.H./Concord) and freshman Charlotte DeSantis (Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy) combined for 13 goals, with DeSantis hammering home seven in her collegiate debut and Colburn tallying six.  Sophomore Kristen Palmer (East Dorset, Vt./Burr and Burton Academy) recorded a hat trick, while junior Sydney Ferguson (Jamestown, R.I./North Kingstown) added two goals and an assist.

Senior Tess Meyer (Concord, N.H./Concord) handed out two assists, and classmate Marianna Marcellino (Milton, Mass./Thayer Academy) earned the win in net after surrendering just four goals and turning aside nine shots in nearly 39 minutes.

For Salve, sophomore Kelly Burke (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown) registered a hat trick, while senior Nicole Viola (Scarborough, Maine/Catherine McAuley) had two goals and an assist.  Junior goalie Natalie Balletta (Leominster, Mass./Leominster) finished with four stops.

Five different Lyons scored during the first 13:27 of the opening half, while Wheaton's defense stymied the Seahawk attack, not allowing a goal for nearly 17 minutes.  The Blue and White's second 5-0 spurt lasted just 4:19, as Colburn and DeSantis notched a pair of tallies each during the run.  The hosts made the score 10-2 with a goal at the 10:34 mark before Wheaton answered with the frame's final three goals for a comfortable 13-2 halftime advantage.

Wheaton found the back of the net twice in the first 1:21 of the second half for the game's largest lead up to that point, as the Lyons stretched their advantage to 15-2.  Leading 16-3 with less than 24 minutes left, the visitors yielded five consecutive tallies, as the Seahawks trailed by eight at 9:13.  However, Wheaton closed out the half on a 3-1 run to leave the final margin at 10.

The Lyons are off from competition for 10 days, when they face the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo on Tuesday, March 15, for the beginning of a three-game trip to Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  The contest is set to begin at 8:00 p.m.