NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team honored its four graduating seniors prior to their non-conference contest against No. 8 Bowdoin College. Despite the festivities, it was the visiting Polar Bears who earned the victory, defeating the Lyons 16-4.
Bowdoin jumped ahead 5-0 in the first eight minutes of play, led by two goals from Hannah Hirschfeld. Megan Hemmerlein got the Lyons on the board with her first goal of the day, and second of the season, with 18:32 remaining in the opening half. Kelsey Gallagher countered two minutes later for the Polar Bears, sparking a 6-0 run that lasted the following 12 minutes. Hannah Gasperoni found Maddy Lahm right before halftime, sending Wheaton into intermission down 11-2.
Hirschfeld completed her hat trick two minutes into the second half with an assist from Leigh Fernandez. Angela Mallis scored her 16th goal of the season with 25:20 remaining in the game after receiving a well timed pass from first-year Molly Covarrubias. The Polar Bears earned the goal back a minute later. After 13 scoreless minutes it was the Lyons who found the back of the net, with an unassisted goal by junior Katie Peters. Bowdoin closed out the game with three unanswered goals, finishing the game with a 16-4 advantage.
Meg Sharick, Kennelly Allerton and Peters each ended the contest with a game-high two caused turnovers. Sharick, along with Allerton, Mallis and Lydia Regan each finished with a game-high three ground balls.
Wheaton returns to the field on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match-up against Emerson College on Diane C. Nordin '80 Field.