April 14, 2011

Roger Williams edges Wheaton in first meeting, Colburn scores 100th

NORTON, Mass. - Despite junior Hailey Colburn (Concord, N.H./Concord) scoring her 100th career goal, the Wheaton College women's lacrosse team came up just short to visiting Roger Williams University during the teams' first meeting, as the Hawks notched a 16-14 victory in non-conference action on Keefe Field. 

Wheaton, which was hoping to give head coach Emily Kiablick a victory against her former team, fell to 5-8, while Roger Williams improved to 9-5.

Needing three goals to reach 100 coming into the day, Colburn reached the milestone with 8:20 remaining in the first half.  She finished with five tallies and a pair of assists.  Freshman Charlotte DeSantis (Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy) recorded a hat trick with one assist, while senior Tess Meyer (Concord, N.H./Concord) scored twice.  Senior Marianna Marcellino (Milton, Mass./Thayer Academy) had seven saves in 47:30, and sophomore Stephanie Hoomis (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) took the loss with four stops in 12:30.

Hawk freshman Danielle Neagle (Avon, Conn./Avon) led all scorers with six goals, senior Claire Halliday (Trenton, N.J./The Hun School of Princeton) chipped in with four, while junior Danica Delica (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) added three tallies and one assist.  Sophomore Justine Sullivan (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) was credited with 13 saves.

Trailing 2-0 to open the game, Wheaton stormed back to score six of the contest's next seven goals for a 6-3 lead by the 10:13 mark of the first half.  The Lyons stretched their lead to 8-4 at 7:25 before the Hawks went on a 4-0 run in just 1:22, as Wheaton was shorthanded two players due to back-to-back yellow cards.  Colburn collected her fourth goal of the half with seven ticks on the clock while providing her team with a 9-8 lead at the intermission.

The visitors opened the second stanza with five straight goals and didn't relinquish their lead from that point forward, as Halliday and Neagle each scored twice during the run in giving the Hawks a 13-9 advantage at the 18:55 mark.  After the Lyons made the score 13-11 2:33 later, Roger Williams answered with three consecutive tallies for a 16-11 lead with 8:35 left.  Wheaton made one last-gasp comeback attempt in using a 3-0 run to pull within 16-14 at 3:50 but came no closer, as the Hawks ran out the clock.

The Lyons host nationally-ranked Bowdoin College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., as the Polar Bears currently stand 12th in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll.

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