March 29, 2011

Wheaton falls behind early in double-digit loss to Connecticut College

NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team trailed 12-4 at halftime against visiting Connecticut College on Tuesday afternoon before falling by a 20-8 count during non-conference action on Keefe Field. 

The Lyons dropped their third straight game to slip to 2-4, while the Camels snapped a two-game losing skid to improve to 3-4.

Junior Hailey Colburn (Concord, N.H./Concord) led Wheaton with a hat trick to go alongside one assist, while classmate Sydney Ferguson (Jamestown, R.I./North Kingstown) added one goal and one helper.  Senior goalie Marianna Marcellino (Milton, Mass./Thayer Academy) finished with 16 saves in nearly 55 minutes.

Connecticut College put forward a balanced scoring attack, as senior Abby Hill (Stoneham, Mass./Dana Hall School), junior Katelyn Driscoll (Peabody, Mass./Pomfret School) and sophomores Bri Miller (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) and Libby Nichols (Baltimore, Md./Friends School of Baltimore) recorded four goals each.  Freshman goalkeeper Caitlin Cataldo (Milford, Conn./Hotchkiss School) turned aside six shots in 45:38.

After the hosts scored two of the game's initial three goals during the first 2:47, the Camels used a 5-0 run to take a 6-2 advantage midway through the opening half.  After Lyon junior Katie Powers (Ashburnham, Mass./Cushing Academy) made the score 6-3, Connecticut College ripped off six unanswered tallies over 7:28 for a 12-3 cushion at 4:10.  Colburn closed out the half's scoring with 2:01 left to bring Wheaton within eight at the break.

Ferguson's goal 2:34 into the second frame helped the Lyons narrow their deficit to seven before the Camels responded with four straight tallies for a 16-5 lead at 19:32.  A pair of Colburn goals 2:21 apart made the score 16-7 midway through the stanza, but the visitors bounced back with four of the contest's final five tallies, including scoring three during the last 5:39.

Wheaton wraps up its three-game homestand on Thursday against non-conference opponent Bridgewater State University at 4:00 p.m.

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