Ananian, Sabol Engineer Comeback Victory For Lyons Vs. Roger Williams, 11-10
Ananian finishes with ten saves, Sabol with eight points
NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College women's lacrosse sophomore Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) registered five goals and three assists – both career highs – and junior goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) made a game-high ten saves including three stops with under two minutes to play to guide the Lyons past Roger Williams, 11-10, in comeback fashion on Tuesday evening on Nordin Field.
Wheaton senior co-captain Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) posted a hat-trick, while sophomore Jenna Tewksbury (Concord, N.H./Concord) added two goals and senior co-captain Devon Soucier (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic) notched one marker.
Kristen Pingree (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown) paced Roger Williams' offense with three goals and classmate Kelsey Rahilly (East Longmeadow, Mass./East Longmeadow) chipped in with two tallies and one assist. Junior Mackenzie Logan (Vernon, N.J./Pope John XXII) also contributed a pair of goals along with solo markers from junior Samantha Davenport (Bethel, Conn./Bethel), sophomore Lauren Piotrowski (Wakefield, Mass./Ipswich) and junior Deven Machette (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon).
Down 9-7 after the Hawks rattled off three-straight markers, Sabol took over offensively with back-to-back goals to draw the Blue and White within one. Sabol sniped home a free position shot at 6:53 and followed up her fourth goal of the night by winning the draw control before putting home an unassisted tally at the 5:51 mark.
Sabol went on to facilitate Wheaton's go-ahead goal as she found Soucier in the slot with a crisp pass from behind the net to give the Lyons a 10-9 lead with 3:30 to play.
Rahilly answered for Roger Williams at the 2:40 mark with her third marker of the year cleaning up a loose ball and ripping a shot into the back of the net to even the score at 10-all.
After a whistle stopped Wheaton's transition game just near the eight-meter arc, freshman Giovanna Bishop (Portland, Ore./Grant) took advantage of the extra space and connected with Mills for the eventual game-winning goal near the right post.
Ananian shouldered the Lyons' defense down the stretch making three saves including a stop on a free position attempt with 42-seconds left on the scoreboard.
Roger Williams held a 17-7 differential in draw controls in large part to Logan who ended up with a game-high 11 draws. Hawks' freshman goalkeeper Kimberly Bolk (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue) turned away nine shots in the loss. Wheaton went 13-for-19 in clear attempts, while Roger Williams was 11-for-17 in its transition game. The Lyons also accumulated a slight, 25-24, margin in ground balls in the contest with a team-high four coming from Soucier.
Wheaton (2-0) travels to Wesleyan on Wednesday, March 12 for a non-conference matchup at 1 p.m. Roger Williams (0-2) visits MIT on Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m.