Second Half Surge Lifts Wheaton Past MIT, 11-6, On Senior Day
Lyons claim 13th straight regular season conference win
NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College sophomores Allie Bush (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) and Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) each scored four goals and Jenna Tewksbury (Concord, N.H./Concord) recorded three assists as the Lyons defeated MIT, 11-6, on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Nordin Field.
Prior to this afternoon's contest, Wheaton seniors Devon Soucier (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic), Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick), Hayley Bright (Cumberland, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy), Hannah Whitley (Bow, N.H./Bow) and Anya Sokolova (Andover, Mass./Austin Prep) were honored for their contributions towards the women's lacrosse program.
Mills finished with one goal, while freshman Hannah Gasperoni (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) recorded a career-best two tallies.
MIT sophomore Isabella DiDio (Jenkintown, Pa./Germantown Friends School) tallied four points on three goals and one assist and junior goalkeeper Candice Kaplan (Arlington, Va./Thomas Jefferson HS for Sci. and Tech.) turned away seven shots.
Wheaton junior Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) picked up her ninth win between the pipes with five saves.
MIT jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Wheaton rallied with a 4-0 run, sparked by Bush's free position strike at 19:33 in the opening session. Gasperoni brought the hosts within one goal when her shot was deflected into the Engineers' cage at 8:22.
Sabol tied the contest at 27:48 in the second half when she weaved to the right side of MIT's zone and whipped a shot past Kaplan. The sophomore attack provided the Lyons with their first lead roughly two minutes later before MIT's Kira Schott (New Canaan, Conn./Greenwich Academy) evened the score at 4-4 with a strike over the middle of the Lyons' zone at 24:06.
The Lyons answered with Bush, who spun around the left side of the crease and fired home her second goal at 20:19, which initiated a 5-0 run that sealed the win for Wheaton.
Wheaton collected a game-high 26 ground balls and converted 21 of 24 clears. MIT scooped up 19 ground balls and finished 17 for 19 on clear attempts. The Engineers won 11 of 19 draws and scored two free position strikes, while Wheaton won eight draws, highlighted by Tewksbury, who finished with three. The Lyons also outshot the Engineers, 24-21.
With the victory, Wheaton has now won 13 consecutive regular season conference matches dating back to April 17, 2012 when the Lyons defeated Wellesley College, 17-10.
Both Wheaton (9-5, 5-0 NEWMAC) and MIT (9-4, 2-3 NEWMAC) return to action tomorrow with the Lyons traveling to Bowdoin College for a 1 p.m. opening draw and the Engineers heading to Southern Maine for a 3 p.m. start.