Sabol nets game-winner, Ananian makes pivotal save with less than a minute to play
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team held host Bridgewater State University scoreless in the second half as the Lyons posted a 7-6 victory over the Bears on Tuesday night at chilly Swenson Field.
Wheaton sophomores Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) and Jenna Tewksbury (Concord, N.H./Concord) notched two goals apiece for the visiting Lyons with Sabol potting the game-winning goal on a free position attempt with just over two minutes remaining in regulation.
Senior co-captain Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick), junior Kelsie Jenquine (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) and freshman Hannah Gasperoni (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) recorded one goal, respectively. Sophomore Allie Bush (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) registered two assists.
Junior goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) was the difference-maker for the Lyons as she made 11 saves between the pipes including a game-saving stop on a point-blank range shot with under a minute left to play. Bridgewater State freshman Allie Forman (Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead) recorded eight stops.
Bears' senior Taylor Clancy (Braintree, Mass./Braintree) and freshman Melissa Renauld (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) each scored two goals, while freshman Alex King (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) and senior Melanie Appleman (Hyannis, Mass/Barnstable) netted one goal, respectively. Sophomore Lauren Geary (Hull, Mass./Hull) and Appleman each dished out one helper.
The Lyons won nine draw controls and matched the Bears in shots with 19 apiece. Bridgewater State finished with six draw control victories. Wheaton converted three of four free position attempts, while Bridgewater State netted one of two. The Bears registered 18 groundballs, edging the Lyons by three in the category.
Bridgewater State and Wheaton swapped goals early in the first session before the Bears pushed ahead with a 3-0 run, which was initiated by an unassisted tally from Appleman. Sabol halted the run with a tally at 12:10 before the Bears responded with their final two goals by Clancy and King at 8:37 and 2:53, respectively.
Gasperoni followed with her first career collegiate marker with 17 seconds remaining in the half, which proved to be a crucial moment for the Lyons as they headed into the break trailing 6-3.
The Blue and White carried the momentum into the second stanza as Tewksbury netted her first goal of the day, an unassisted tally just over three minutes into the period. Tewksbury made it a 6-5 game at the 12:03 mark, before senior Mills potted the game-tying goal with 7:20 remaining.
With tonight's victory, Wheaton is now 30-6-1 all-time against Bridgewater State. The first meeting between the Bears and Lyons took place in 1978.
Both Bridgewater State (2-3) and Wheaton (3-3) return to action on Thursday as the Bears travel to Salve Regina for a 4:30 p.m. opening draw, while the Lyons host Tufts University at 7 p.m.