April 19, 2011

Wheaton moves into third in NEWMAC following 12-10 win at Wellesley

WELLESLEY, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team moved into sole possession of third place in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) following a 12-10 victory over host Wellesley College on Tuesday afternoon.

Defeating Wellesley for the first time since 2006, the Lyons snapped their three-game losing skid while improving to 6-9 overall and 3-2 in the conference.  The Blue, which has dropped three of its last four games, slipped to 8-6 and 2-3. 

The Lyons put forward a balanced scoring attack, led by junior Hailey Colburn's (Concord, N.H./Concord) four goals and one assist and senior Tess Meyer's (Concord, N.H./Concord) hat trick and one helper.  Freshman Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) added a pair of markers with one assist, while classmate Charlotte DeSantis (Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy) had two helpers.  Senior Marianna Marcellino (Milton, Mass./Thayer Academy) finished with 14 saves, including an impressive 12 second-half stops.

For the hosts, freshman Britt Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass./Pingree School) and senior Jenny Holland (Bethesda, Md./Sidwell Friends School) tallied five and four goals, respectively, while sophomore Allison Robbins (North Bennington, Vt./Holderness School) notched a marker and three assists.  Senior Mary Mattia (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett School) made 12 saves.

In an evenly played first half, neither team led by more than one until Wheaton used a 3-0 run to snap a four-all tie.  The teams were knotted at one, two, three and four before Colburn and Mills combined to score three goals over a 2:40 span that made the score 7-4.  Holland tacked on a goal with one tick on the clock to pull Wellesley within two at the half.

The Blue used that late goal as momentum to begin the second frame, scoring two straight times to tie the game at seven and four of the half's first five tallies to take a 9-8 lead.  Wheaton responded with four unanswered markers to match the game's largest advantage at 12-9 with just 5:15 remaining.  Three of the Lyons' goals in that span came on free-positions shots, with Colburn, Meyer and Palmer each scoring.

Wheaton returns home on Thursday to face nationally-ranked Tufts University at 4:30 p.m.  The Jumbos are ranked 13th nationally by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).

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