Wheaton Stops Fitchburg State, 19-1
Mills, De Santis and Moreira combine for 13 points
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team downed Fitchburg State University, 19-1, in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon at Keefe Field.
Junior Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) led all players with five points on three goals and two assists, three ground balls and two draw controls. Senior Amy Moreira (Bristol, R.I./Mount Hope) potted a game-high four goals, compiled three draw controls and scooped up one ground ball. Junior Charlotte De Santis (Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy) added three markers, two draw controls, one ground ball and one caused turnover. Freshman Anna Carando (Easthampton, Mass./Williston Northampton) also chipped in with her first-career collegiate goal at 8:40 of the first half.
Fitchburg State received its lone goal from freshman Julia Gimenez (Framingham, Mass./Medway) on a nice pass by sophomore Lindsey White (Hanover, Mass./Hanover) at the 11:11 mark of the first half. Junior goalkeeper Dylana Drolette (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) made 11 saves in net for the Falcons.
Wheaton jumped out to a 7-0 lead over the opening 16:43 of play and never looked back. De Santis found the back of the net with 26:24 on the scoreboard on a feed from freshman Allie Bush (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) for a 1-0 advantage. Mills scored 40-seconds later to make it a 2-0 contest and Sabol buried a free position shot at 24:07 for a 3-0 gap. Bush set up Mills for a tally at 21:41, De Santis netted a free position shot with 21:08 remaining in the first stanza, Moreira registered an unassisted tally at 14:32 and freshman Jenna Tewksbury (Concord, N.H./Concord) capped the run at the 13:17 mark as she diced through a set of defenders for her first of two goals.
After Gimenez broke up the shutout for Fitchburg State at 11:11 in the first half, the Lyons rattled off four-straight goals to close out the stanza and 12 unanswered markers total.
Senior goalkeeper Stephanie Hoomis (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) turned aside three shots in 30 minutes of action while sophomore Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) had one save in the second half. The Lyons went 10-for-10 in clear attempts, won the draw controls matchup, 16-6, and collected 24 ground balls.
Wheaton concludes its regular season at 11-6 overall and awaits the winner of a first round matchup in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament. The Lyons went undefeated in conference play (6-0) and have earned the right to host the NEWMAC Tournament at Keefe Field. Wheaton will play in the semifinal round on Saturday, April 27 against an opponent to be determined later at noon. Fitchburg State (5-9) hosts Plymouth State University on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m.