April 5, 2011

Meyer's six-assist day breaks program record as Wheaton bests Gordon, 17-9

NORTON, Mass. - Wheaton College women's lacrosse senior Tess Meyer (Concord, N.H./Concord) broke an 11-year-old program record with six assists while leading the Lyons to a 17-9 victory over non-conference foe Gordon College on Tuesday afternoon at Keefe Field. 

Wheaton, which has held four of its last five opponents to single digits in scoring, improved to 4-5, while the Fighting Scots dropped their second straight game to fall to 6-5.

Breaking Cole Shaw's '00 single-game assists mark of five, which she twice recorded during the 2000 season, Meyer also contributed three goals for a career-best nine points.  Junior Hailey Colburn (Concord, N.H./Concord) turned in six tallies and one helper, while freshman Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) added a hat trick.

Junior Sydney Ferguson (Jamestown, R.I./North Kingstown) tacked on two goals, and senior goalie Marianna Marcellino (Milton, Mass./Thayer Academy) had six stops in 46:10.

Gordon junior Jordan Alexander (Portland, Maine/Portland), sophomore Alana Woods (Medford, Mass./Lexington Christian Academy) and freshmen Kari Christensen (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Stephanie Fitzgerald (Groveland, Mass./Pentucket Regional) had two goals apiece, with Alexander adding an assist, while first-year goalie Danielle Maguire (Braintree, Mass./Braintree) was credited with 13 saves.

Colburn's two markers and one assist provided the hosts with a quick 3-0 edge by the 25:53 mark of the first half.  After a Fighting Scot goal at 24:59 made the score 3-1, the Lyons responded with a 7-1 run during 15:41 for a commanding 10-2 advantage with 6:58 on the clock.  Meyer had a hand in five of the seven goals thanks to her one tally and four assists.  Gordon scored the half's final three goals to close within 10-5 at the break.

Wheaton extended its lead back to eight with a trio of tallies to start the second half, with Meyer's back-to-back strikes making the score 13-5 with 26:21 left.  Led by Christensen's two tallies, Gordon used another 3-0 spurt to narrow its deficit to five at the 19:07 mark, but the Lyons scored three times in 3:06 to put the game out of reach.  Colburn tallied two times in that stretch before adding an insurance goal at 2:19 to complete the scoring.

The Blue and White remain at home on Thursday for a non-league game against nationally-ranked Amherst College at 5:00 p.m.  The Lord Jeffs stand 18th in the country in the most recent Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll.

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