Lyons to host NEWMAC Tournament next weekend
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team, ranked No. 10 overall in the New England Regional rankings, concluded its 2014 regular season slate with a 14-7 win over Smith College on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.
Wheaton senior co-captain Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) led all scorers with four goals, while sophomore Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) recorded four points on three helpers and one marker. Freshmen Angela Mallis (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) registered a career-best two tallies and classmate Hannah Gasperoni (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) tied her career-high with two goals as well.
Sophomore Katherine Kowal (Ossining, N.Y./Choate Rosemary Hall) potted her first goal of the season at the 18:46 mark of the first half and freshman Giovanna Bishop (Portland, Ore./Grant) tallied her first collegiate strike at 18:22 in the second half, while senior Anya Sokolova (Andover, Mass./Austin Prep), junior Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) and sophomore Ava Myette (Brattleboro, Vt./Brattleboro) each finished with one tally to account for the Lyons' scoring.
Smith junior Jessica Lillquist (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) and sophomore Rachel Silveria (Dunstable, Mass./Groton-Dunstable) both recorded hat tricks and senior goalkeeper Merrick Kallfelz (North Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) finished with 13 saves.
Wheaton junior goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) turned away four shots to pick up her 11th win between the pipes.
The Lyons collected a game-high 15 ground balls and outshot the Pioneers, 35-15. Smith converted 19 of 22 clear attempts, while Wheaton finished 15 of 17. The Lyons captured 17 of 23 draw controls, highlighted by senior co-captain Devon Soucier (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic), who matched a season-best with eight draws. Both teams scored free positions goals as Wheaton finished with four and Smith netted two.
Wheaton jumped out to a 3-1 lead before Lillquist brought Smith within one tally at 15:19 in the opening session. Sokolova responded with her only marker at 14:48, which initiated another 3-1 run to provide the Lyons with a 6-3 lead at the break.
Mills padded the visitor's lead with back-to-back unassisted strikes at 25:49 and 23:18, respectively, which pushed Wheaton ahead for good. Smith did attempt to rally late in the second half with three consecutive goals, but the Lyons responded with back-to-back tallies by Myette and Gasperoni to seal the win.
Wheaton (11-6, 7-0 NEWMAC) awaits its opponent in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament as the Lyons have earned an automatic bye into the semifinal round as the No. 1 seed headed into the playoffs. Smith's season comes to a close at 2-14 overall and 0-7 in NEWMAC play.