Lyons fall to #2 Hamilton, 14-6, outscore Continentals in second half

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team concluded its spring trip at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with a 14-6 loss to second-ranked Hamilton College on Friday morning.

Going 1-2 during their three-game trip in four days, the Lyons are now 2-2 on the season.  Reaching last year's national championship game, the Continentals, who stand second nationally by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), are 2-0.

Freshman Charlotte DeSantis (Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy) paced Wheaton with two goals and one assist, while junior Hailey Colburn (Concord, N.H./Concord) contributed a pair of tallies.  Senior Tess Meyer (Concord, N.H./Concord) finished with two assists.

Senior goalkeeper Marianna Marcellino (Milton, Mass./Thayer Academy) turned aside 12 shots during 47 minutes of action in taking the loss, while sophomore Stephanie Hoomis (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) posted one save.

After Hamilton opened the scoring with a pair of goals in the first 6:12, Wheaton cut its deficit in half when Colburn converted a Meyer feed at 20:27.  The Continentals responded with nine unanswered goals for a 10-1 advantage before the Lyons scored back-to-back goals during a 32-second span to make the score 10-3 with 4:08 to play before the break.  Hamilton got those two goals back to take a 12-3 lead into the intermission.

The Blue and White outscored the Continentals in the second half, including finding the back of the net three times among the game's final four goals.  After Hamilton sandwiched a pair of tallies around DeSantis' goal, Colburn scored at 5:10 and DeSantis converted 47 ticks later.

Wheaton is next back in action when it opens its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) schedule one week from tomorrow with a home game against Springfield College at 1:00 p.m.  That home contest marks the first of three straight in Norton.

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