March 31, 2011

Lyons drop low-scoring game to visiting Bridgewater State, 9-6

NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team held Bridgewater State University's high-scoring offense in check Thursday afternoon but were held to a season-low-tying six goals during a 9-6 setback in a non-conference clash at Keefe Field. 

Limiting a Bear offense to single digits for just the second time this season, as Bridgewater State came into today's game averaging over 16 tallies, the Lyons fall to 2-5.  The Bears kept their unblemished season intact at 7-0.

Wheaton senior Tess Meyer (Concord, N.H./Concord) had a hand in four of Wheaton's six goals with two tallies and a pair of assists, while freshman Charlotte DeSantis (Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy) turned in a hat trick.  Senior goalie Marianna Marcellino (Milton, Mass./Thayer Academy) recorded a career-best 17 saves.

Bridgewater State was led by senior Jenny Jones' (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) three goals and one assist.  Classmate Courtney Lennon (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) and freshman Nicki Giordano (Huntington Station, N.Y./Walt Whitman) each scored twice, while senior goalkeeper Katie Weber (Arlington, Mass./Arlington) made 10 stops.

Three different Bears scored through the midway point of the opening half, giving the visitors a 3-1 edge, before Meyer and junior Sydney Ferguson (Jamestown, R.I./North Kingstown) tallied 18 seconds apart to knot the score at three.  Bridgewater State answered with the stanza's final three goals to double up the Lyons by a 6-3 count at the break.

Meyer's free-position goal at 24:33 of the second half brought Wheaton to within two but the Lyons would come no closer, as the Bears went on another 3-0 run for a 9-4 advantage with 18:10 to play.  Bridgewater State scored its three goals during a 5:51 span.  Meyer twice connected with DeSantis at 17:09 and 14:20 to make the score 9-6 by the 14:20 mark, but those two tallies proved to be the game's last.

Wheaton heads to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Smith College on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. start.

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