Wheaton Claims NEWMAC Regular Season Championship With 15-12 Win Over Babson
Lyons earn fourth regular season title in program history
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team defeated Babson College, 15-12, on Tuesday evening at Keefe Field to earn its fourth New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season championship in program history.
The Lyons, who wrap up conference play with a perfect 6-0 record, collected NEWMAC regular season titles for three-straight years spanning from 2003-2005. During that stretch, Wheaton went 17-1 in conference play, 37-12 overall, captured two NEWMAC Tournament Championships and made two appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament including an Elite Eight appearance in 2004.
Junior Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) guided the Lyons attack with a career-high seven points (five goals, two assists). Classmate Charlotte De Santis (Darien, Conn./Darien) and senior Amy Moreira (Bristol, R.I./Mount Hope) added four goals while freshman Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) and sophomore Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) contributed one goal apiece.
Babson senior Jameson Spang (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) potted four goals, compiled two ground balls and caused one turnover. Sophomore Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) and senior Taylor Kralovenec (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) registered three goals each and junior Misha Beatty (Westford, Mass./Westford) found the back of the net twice.
Wheaton surged ahead to a 6-3 halftime lead after erasing a 3-1 deficit with five-straight goals to close out the opening 30 minutes of action. Mills buried three consecutive goals over a 4:14 span. Both teams were held scoreless until De Santis upped the Lyons advantage to 5-3 on a nice feed from Sabol at 4:37. Moreira doubled Wheaton's lead at the 2:14 mark, 6-3, off of a pass from Bush.
The Beavers answered with a run of their in the second stanza scoring four-straight markers after Moreira began the half with a tally at 29:19. Spang fueled the offensive outburst with two scores while Beatty and Secrist also recorded one goal each.
Moreira regained the lead for the Lyons with 19:14 remaining on a free position shot only to have Secrist even the score 30-seconds later at 8-8. Sharick broke up the tie at 17:09 with her only marker of the contest. Mills followed with back-to-back goals exactly one minute apart to give Wheaton an 11-8 cushion.
Kralovenec cut into the deficit, 11-10, with two-straight goals before De Santis helped put the game away with a free position marker at 8:22 and an assisted tally from Mills at 6:42. The Lyons and Beavers exchanged the last four goals to cap the scoring.
Wheaton sophomore goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) turned away one shot. Junior Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) made a game-high six saves.The Lyons outshot the guests, 26-15, won the draw controls matchup 16-10 and scooped up 14 ground balls. The Beavers went 11-for-12 in clear attempts.
Wheaton (9-5, 6-0 NEWMAC), who earns the no.1 seed and a first round bye in the NEWMAC Tournament, hosts Bridgewater State University on Thursday April 18 for a non-conference matchup at Keefe Field at 4:00 p.m. Babson (6-6, 3-2 NEWMAC) welcomes Mount Holyoke to Babson Park, Mass. on Saturday, April 20 for a NEWMAC clash at 1 p.m.