Second Half Surge Propels Wheaton Past Salve Regina University, 15-13

Second Half Surge Propels Wheaton Past Salve Regina University, 15-13

De Santis, Moreira combine for ten goals in victory

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team broke an 11-11 tie with three unanswered goals midway through the second half to secure an eventual 15-13 triumph over Salve Regina University in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon at Gaudet Field.

Senior Amy Moreira (Bristol, R.I./Mount Hope) netted a team-leading five goals, dished out one assist and compiled a game-high 13 draw controls to pace the offense. Junior Charlotte De Santis (Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy) scored five goals, handed out one assist and picked up a team-high two ground balls. Sophomore Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) added a pair of goals while junior Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) and freshmen Allie Bush (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) and Madison Cohen (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) chipped in with one marker apiece.

Senior Jennifer Jones (Basking Ridge, N.J./Academy of St. Elizabeth) and sophomore Gina Tortorici (Deer Park, N.Y./Deer Park) led the Seahawks with three goals each. Jones also had three assists, one ground ball and one caused turnover. Senior Kelly Burke (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown) set up a game-high four goals.

Tied 11-11 with 18:41 remaining in the contest, De Santis gave Wheaton the lead for good with her fourth goal of the game (unassisted) at 17:49 shortly after Moreira evened the contest for the Lyons. Both teams were held scoreless for five minutes and 32-seconds before Bush found the back of the net for an unassisted tally at 12:17. Moreira capped the three-goal spurt for Wheaton at 11:08 with her fifth and final marker in the contest for a 14-11 advantage. De Santis pushed the Lyons ahead, 15-12, at the 8:55 mark with her fifth goal and Wheaton's defense notched two draw controls, two clears, one ground ball, one caused turnover and one save over the remaining time span to seal the victory.

Wheaton held a slim 10-9 advantage after the first half of play as Moreira and De Santis combined for six goals during the opening stanza. The Lyons erased a 4-2 deficit with 23:34 remaining in the first half netting four consecutive goals to take a 6-4 lead. De Santis scored her second goal of the contest at the 23:17 mark on a feed from Moreira to spark the offense. De Santis returned the favor with 20:00 on the scoreboard feeding Moreira for her second tally of the game. Sharick potted an unassisted tally at 18:18 to claim a 5-4 lead and followed with another goal at the 17:35 mark on a pass from Bush. The Lyons were outscored 6-4 to close out the first half.

Sophomore goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) turned aside seven shots including four free position attempts and senior Stephanie Hoomis (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) stopped one shot for Wheaton. Junior Josephine O'Reilly (Middletown, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) made a game-high eight saves in the loss.

Wheaton outshot Salve Regina, 35-22, and won the draw control matchup 19-11. The Lyons were 17-for-18 in clear attempts, scooped up a game-high 12 ground balls and caused a game-high seven turnovers. The Seahawks went 2-for-7 in free position attempts and 18-for-21 in clears.

Wheaton (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC) travels to Roger Williams University on Tuesday, March 5 for a non-conference matchup at 4:00 p.m. Salve Regina (0-1, 0-0 TCCC) hosts Simmons College on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.