Lyons suffer 16-9 setback to defending NEWMAC tourney champs Babson

NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team held a 4-2 edge early in the first half before visiting Babson College went on an 8-1 run en route to a 16-9 victory in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Tuesday afternoon at Keefe Field.

Winners in three of their last four games coming into today, the Lyons slipped to 5-7 overall and 2-2 in league play, while the Beavers, who have claimed the last four NEWMAC Tournament titles, improved to 5-7 and 2-1.

Junior Hailey Colburn (Concord, N.H./Concord) led the hosts with five goals and one assist, while junior Chelsea McLeod (Concord, N.H./Concord) and freshman Charlotte DeSantis (Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy) tallied a marker and an assist apiece.  Senior goalkeeper Marianna Marcellino (Milton, Mass./Thayer Academy) turned aside nine shots in nearly 42 minutes.

Three Babson players accounted for all but two goals, with senior Alyssa Hood (Newport, R.I./Saint George's School) and junior Trisha Babson (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) notching six and five, respectively.  Junior Colleen Mulligan (Hanover, Mass./Hanover) added a hat trick and one assist, while senior Sarah Macary (Woodbury, Conn./The Gunnery) made two saves in the win.

Wheaton came out of the gate fast with three of the game's first four goals by the 21:24 mark of the opening half, with Colburn scoring two of those.  The hosts held a 4-2 edge at 19:39 before the Beavers scored four unanswered goals and eight of the contest's next nine for a 10-5 advantage 3:19 into the second stanza.  Hood found the back of the net four times during the run.

Trailing 13-7 with less than six minutes to play, Wheaton scored two times 1:03 apart to pull within four at 4:48.  Babson responded with three markers in the final 2:03 to end any comeback attempt, as three different Beaver players tallied to complete the scoring.

The Lyons continue their three-game homestand on Thursday with a non-league game against Roger Williams University at 4:30 p.m.

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