April 9, 2011

Wheaton blows game open in second half during win at Mount Holyoke

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team was firing on all cylinders during Saturday's double-digit victory at New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Mount Holyoke College, as the Lyons racked up 13 second-half tallies in turning a four-goal halftime lead into a 22-9 triumph. 

Notching a season high in goals while avenging last year's NEWMAC Tournament loss to Mount Holyoke, Wheaton moved into sole possession of second place in the conference at 2-1 to go alongside its 5-6 overall mark.  The hosts slipped to 4-6 and 1-2.

Ten different Lyons scored, with junior Hailey Colburn (Concord, N.H./Concord) having a hand in eight goals after scoring four and assisting four others, while senior Tess Meyer (Concord, N.H./Concord) finished with four tallies and one helper.  Junior Sydney Ferguson (Jamestown, R.I./North Kingstown) and freshman Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) each turned in a hat trick, with Mills also collecting an assist.

Sophomore Kristen Palmer (East Dorset, Vt./Burr and Burton Academy) had two goals and one helper, junior Katie Powers (Ashburnham, Mass./Cushing Academy) scored twice, and senior goalie Marianna Marcellino (Milton, Mass./Thayer Academy) made eight saves in a little more than 54 minutes.

For the hosts, junior Hilary Bombard (Northampton, Mass./Northampton) scored three times, and freshman Melissa Saale (Waterloo, Ill./The Madeira School) made just five stops.

After giving up the game's first goal 1:10 in, the visitors used a 4-0 run to build a three-goal advantage with 19:56 remaining in the opening half.  Colburn capped the spurt with two tallies over a minute stretch.  Mount Holyoke made the score 5-3 at 17:02 before Colburn struck again with a goal and an assist in giving her team a 7-3 lead midway through the half.  The teams exchanged the remainder of the half's four goals for a 9-5 Lyon edge at the break.

Wheaton exploded out of the second-half gate with nine of the stanza's first 10 goals for a commanding 18-6 advantage by the 14:11 mark.  The Lyons rattled off eight unanswered tallies over 10:23 to put the game away, as Meyer accounted for three goals and one assist in the run while Ferguson scored twice.  Mount Holyoke would get no closer than 11 the rest of the way.

Wheaton hosts a crucial league game on Tuesday against reigning four-time NEWMAC Tournament champion Babson College at 4:30 p.m.

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