NORTON, Mass. - For the second straight season, the Wheaton College women's lacrosse team fell short of visiting Springfield College by a single goal, dropping an 8-7 decision on Saturday afternoon to open its home and New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) slates at Keefe Field.
Suffering an 11-10 overtime setback to the Pride during the Lyons' 2010 home opener, Wheaton falls to 2-3 on the season. Held to single digits in scoring for the first time this spring, Springfield raised its record to 4-1.
Junior Hailey Colburn (Concord, N.H./Concord) paced the hosts with three first-half goals, senior Tess Meyer (Concord, N.H./Concord) tacked on two tallies and one assist, while freshman Charlotte DeSantis (Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy) had a goal and a helper. Senior goalie Marianna Marcellino (Milton, Mass./Thayer Academy) posted nine saves in the loss.
Pride sophomore Allie Davis (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) found the back of the net three times, including twice off free-position shots, while senior Meagan Dobson (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and junior Jenna Bugbee (West Granby, Conn./Granby Memorial) added a goal and an assist. Freshman goalkeeper Anne Versprille (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) finished with nine stops.
Neither team led by more than two goals during today's nip-and-tuck contest, as Wheaton and Springfield exchanged the game's first five tallies, with the Lyons holding a 3-2 at the 19:50 mark of the opening half. DeSantis' goal at 16:16 made the score 4-2 before the Pride rattled off three unanswered tallies over 5:23 for a 5-4 edge, as Davis twice scored during the spurt. Each team tallied once more in the waning minutes of the half for a 6-5 score in Springfield's favor.
Davis picked up a hat trick 3:38 into the second frame to give the Pride a 7-5 lead, but Wheaton junior Sydney Ferguson (Jamestown, R.I./North Kingstown) responded by converting a feed from Meyer at 21:46. Springfield senior Nicole Soucie (Southington, Conn./Southington) scored what turned out to be the game-winner with 17:33 left, while Meyer tallied the contest's final goal 1:30 later, as the Pride ran a stall in the final few minutes of regulation to seal the win.
The Lyons continue their three-game homestand on Tuesday afternoon against non-league foe Connecticut College at 4:00 p.m.