Wheaton Stymies Mount Holyoke, 10-9
Sabol powers offense with four goals
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team remained undefeated in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEMWAC) play on Saturday afternoon with a 10-9 triumph over Mount Holyoke College at MHC Turf Field.
Freshman Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) tallied four goals and one draw control to guide Wheaton offensively. Junior Charlotte De Santis (Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy) and sophomore Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) added three goals apiece. Sophomore Mia Cambi (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) set up two scores along with De Santis.
Mount Holyoke senior Molly Macdonald (Milton, Mass./Milton Academy) poured in four goals while freshman Julia Bell (Longmeadow, Mass./Wilbraham and Monson) found the back of the net twice and dished out a game-high four assists. Sophomore Kirsten Kilburn (North Branford, Conn./North Branford) had two markers and freshman Catherine Ryan (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) chipped in with one tally.
Deadlocked at 6-6 at the break, Kilburn gave Mount Holyoke a 7-6 advantage at the 20:21 mark of the second stanza converting on a free position attempt. Sabol answered at 18:02 with a free position attempt of her own to even the score at 8-8.
Sharick piloted the offense over the next 4:53 of action with two scores to take a 9-7 lead. De Santis fed Sharick for her first of two markers at 16:38 and Cambi set up the next tally at 13:09. Ryan cut into Mount Holyoke's deficit with 9:10 remaining in the contest before Sabol finished on a feed from Sharick at 6:45 for the eventual game-winning goal.
Wheaton sophomore goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) came up huge down the stretch stopping two free position attempts and three shots total while only allowing one goal with 1:24 left to play. Defensively, Wheaton collected one draw control and converted two clears with 6:45 remaining in the game. Ananian made six saves total tying Mount Holyoke senior goalkeeper Liz Malenfant (Nantucket, Mass./White Mountain School) in that category.
The Blue and White went 15-for-17 (88.2%) in clear attempts and won the draw controls matchup, 12-10. De Santis led Wheaton in scoring in the first half with three markers while Sabol had two and Sharick netted one. Macdonald registered three in the opening stanza, Bell compiled two goals and Kilburn rounded out the scoring with one marker.
Wheaton (7-5, 5-0 NEWMAC) hosts Drew University tomorrow in non-conference action at 1 p.m. Mount Holyoke (9-3, 2-2 NEWMAC) travels to Smith College on Tuesday, April 16 for a NEWMAC clash at 4:30 p.m.