NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team exploded for a season-high 21 goals during a 21-9 victory over host Smith College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest on Saturday afternoon.
Snapping their four-game losing skid, the Lyons improved to 3-5 overall and 1-1 in the conference, while the Pioneers fell to 2-7 and 0-2.
Wheaton ripped off six unanswered goals to start the game, including three from freshman Charlotte DeSantis (Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy), who finished with six tallies and one assist. Junior Hailey Colburn (Concord, N.H./Concord) totaled four goals and one assist, while classmate Sydney Ferguson (Jamestown, R.I./North Kingstown) had four tallies.
Senior Tess Meyer (Concord, N.H./Concord) contributed two goals and one assist, freshman Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) scored her first two collegiate goals, while junior Chelsea McLeod (Concord, N.H./Concord) added one tally and one helper. Senior goalie Marianna Marcellino (Milton, Mass./Thayer Academy) turned aside seven shots in 45:33.
For the hosts, freshman Hiwot Kassaye (Silver Spring, Md./Wheaton) posted four goals, while sophomore goalkeeper Meredith Kallfelz (North Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) finished with 11 saves.
The Lyons held a 6-0 advantage by the 13:42 mark of the opening half while keeping the Pioneers off the board until 12:23. Smith made the score 7-3 at 8:03 before Wheaton used a 3-0 run during a 1:58 stretch for a 10-3 advantage. Colburn scored twice during the run and tacked on another with 23 ticks on the clock to give her team a 12-6 lead at the break.
After Mills found the back of the net 28 seconds into the second half, the Pioneers scored three of the game's next four goals to get within 14-9 with 23:36 remaining. Smith didn't score again, while the Lyons hammered home five tallies during 4:17 to put the game out of reach. Six different Wheaton players combined to score the contest's final seven goals.
The Lyons step out of league play on Tuesday with a home game against Gordon College at 4:30 p.m.