Women’s Lacrosse Tops Springfield, 11-9, Clinches Second-Straight NEWMAC Regular Season Title
Lyons 14-0 in regular season league games dating back to April 17, 2012
NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College sophomore Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) scored a career-best six tallies, including the go-ahead goal with 8:57 remaining in the second half as the Lyons defeated Springfield College, 11-9, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on a rainy Tuesday evening at Diane Nordin '80 Athletic Field.
The Lyons, who improve to 10-6 overall and 6-0 in conference play, clinched their second-straight NEWMAC regular season title and fifth conference regular season crown in program history.
Wheaton sophomores Allie Bush (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) and Jenna Tewksbury (Concord, N.H./Concord) each netted two goals, while junior Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) recorded one marker at 7:12 in the second stanza to round out the scoring for the Blue and White.
Springfield senior Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass./Westfield) paced the Pride with four points on three goals and one assist. Junior Emily Rodgers (Durham, N.H./Oyster River) scored two goals and senior goalkeeper Anne Versprille (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) turned away four shots.
Wheaton junior Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) stopped six shots and picked up her tenth win between the pipes.
The Lyons collected a game-high 24 ground balls and converted 15 of 20 clears. The Pride scooped 17 ground balls and finished 13 of 17 on clear attempts. Wheaton senior co-captain Devon Soucier (Avon. Conn./Northwest Catholic) led all student-athletes with a game-high five draw controls as both teams finished with ten total.
Wheaton outshot Springfield, 23-20, and scored five free position strikes. The Pride netted four goals on six free positions.
Tewksbury initiated a 4-0 run with a free position tally at 29:16 in the opening session, but Springfield answered, scoring three of the next four goals, to pull within two tallies at intermission.
The Pride registered four consecutive goals to start the second half, including two free position strikes by Gallo and senior Emily Fowler (Branford, Conn./Branford), which provided the visitors with a 7-5 lead with 23:05 remaining.
Wheaton answered with back-to-back tallies from Sabol to tie the contest at 7-7, before Bush fired home a pass from sophomore Madison Cohen (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) off a free position attempt just inside the left post to go-ahead by one goal with 14:33 remaining.
Gallo evened the score at 8-8 with her final marker at 13:05, but Sabol helped the Lyons retain the lead for good with a free position goal, her final strike of the contest at 8:57. Tewksbury and Bush padded the Lyons' advantage with back-to-back tallies before Wheaton's defense halted a Pride rally late in the session.
Springfield did net its final goal with 1:12 remaining, a free position marker by sophomore Connie Neilsen (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) before Sabol won the game's final draw control, which helped Wheaton seal its 14th straight conference win, dating back to April 17, 2012 when the Lyons defeated Wellesley College, 17-10.
Both Wheaton and Springfield return to action later this week as the Pride host Amherst College on Thursday, April 17 for a 7 p.m. start, while the Lyons wrap up regular season play at Smith College on Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m.