Fast start carries Wheaton past Keene State, 15-12

Fast start carries Wheaton past Keene State, 15-12

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team jumped out to a 5-0 advantage on Keene State College and led throughout during a 15-12 victory on Wednesday afternoon at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. 

With the win, Wheaton raised its record to 2-1, while the Owls fell to 1-2.

Junior Hailey Colburn (Concord, N.H./Concord) paced the Lyons with seven goals and an assist, freshman Charlotte DeSantis (Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy) contributed four markers and a helper, while senior Tess Meyer (Concord, N.H./Concord) added two goals and an assist.

Senior goalkeeper Marianna Marcellino (Milton, Mass./Thayer Academy) totaled seven saves in 29:30, including five stops in the second half, to earn the victory.  Sophomore Stephanie Hoomis (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) also had seven stops in 30:30.

During Wheaton's game-opening 5-0 run, Colburn and DeSantis each tallied twice, as the Lyon defense held the Owls off the scoreboard until the 20:49 mark.  Keene State narrowed its gap to 5-4 by 15:23 before a 3-0 Blue and White run helped Wheaton double up the Owls by 10:32.  Each team scored twice during the rest of the half, as the Lyons led 10-6 at the break.

Keene State scored the first two goals of the second half and four of the frame's initial five to trail 11-10 with 14:17 to play, but Wheaton responded with four unanswered tallies over 6:27 for a 15-10 advantage at 2:47.  The Owls scored at 1:58 before an own goal with 18 ticks left completed the scoring.

The Lyons face their stiffest test of the season on Friday morning when they face nationally-ranked Hamilton College at 9:00 a.m.  The Continentals are ranked second nationally in the most recent Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll.