Wheaton Slips Past Bridgewater State, 8-7
Mills scores game-winner with one second left
NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College junior Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) buried the game-winning goal with one second remaining on the clock as the Lyons edged Bridgewater State University, 8-7, in non-conference action on Thursday evening at Keefe Field.
Senior Amy Moreira (Bristol, R.I./Mount Hope) set up the game-winning tally as she received a pass from behind the net with about five seconds to play and found a cutting Mills in the center of the scoring area.
Mills led all scorers with five markers while sophomore Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) potted two goals and Moreira found the back of the net once. Moreira also compiled three assists and two draw controls.
Bridgewater State junior Taylor Clancy (Braintree, Mass./Braintree) contributed a hat trick, two ground balls and one draw control. Sophomore Riley Cachelin (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) had a pair of goals and senior Jill Caramello (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) and freshman Lauren Geary (Hull, Mass./Hull) rounded out the scoring with one tally apiece.
Moreira gave Wheaton a slim, 7-6, advantage at the 6:22 mark on a nice pass from freshman Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) for her 26th goal of the season. The Bears defense answered on the ensuing draw control forcing a turnover and eventually worked its offense through Caramello as she connected with Cachelin to even the score at 7-7.
Clancy tied the game twice in the second half at 17:27 and the 9:00 mark of the stanza. Mills broke a 5-5 draw with 10:27 on the scoreboard on a feed from Moreira.
Wheaton led by a 5-4 margin at the break collecting three tallies from Mills and two goals by Sharick. Bears' freshman Alexis Hadcock (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) dished out her only assist of the game to Cachelin with 1:26 left to go in the half to cap the scoring.
Bridgewater State freshman goalkeeper Chandler Ross (Wrentham, Mass./King Philip Regional) stopped a game-high four shots. Sophomore Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) made one save in goal for the Lyons.
The Blue and White outshot the Bears, 16-9, scooped up a game-high 12 ground balls and went 9-for-12 on clear attempts. Bridgewater State went 2-for-3 in free position attempts and won the draw controls matchup, 10-6.
Wheaton (10-5) hosts Bowdoin on Saturday, April 20 for a non-conference tilt scheduled for 1 p.m. Bridgewater State (11-2) welcomes Framingham State to the Edward C. Swenson Athletic Complex for a conference game on Saturday at noon.