October 12, 2011

Lyons unbeaten in 10 with 5-4 OT win at Emmanuel

BOSTON, Mass. - Senior Kaitlyn Mawicke (Trumbull, Conn./Notre Dame Catholic) scored her second goal of the match 3:55 into overtime to lift the Wheaton College women's soccer team to a 5-4 win over Emmanuel College in non-conference action Wednesday night at Roberto Clemente Field.

The win lifts the No. 17 Lyons to 11-1-2 on the season while extending their win streak to six and their unbeaten streak to 10. Wheaton also improves to 3-0-1 in overtime this season and 4-0-0 all-time against the Saints (8-6-1).

Junior Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Candia) scored twice for Wheaton while senior Emily Vincunas (Granville, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy) chipped in with a goal and an assist. Sophomore Darcey Sullivan (Dalton, Mass./Wahconah Regional) added a pair of goals for the Saints.

With the Lyons trailing by a goal late in the second half, junior Samantha Cronin (Wethersfield, Conn./Wethersfield) sent a cross over to Mawicke, who scored past junior and reigning Great Northeast Atlantic Conference (GNAC) Goalkeeper of the Week Jessica D'Otttavio (Pawling, N.Y./Pawling) to even the score at four with 9:30 remaining.

In the extra session, sophomore Joy-Marie Fernandes (Woburn, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) sent a cross to Mawicke, who potted her sixth goal of the season to end the match.

"In my 15 years at Wheaton, I've never experienced a more wild and crazy game," said Wheaton head coach Luis Reis. "The number of golden opportunities we missed was incredible. We were behind four times during the match, but our players showed tremendous resilience and belief to come back and eventually get the win. I am proud of the will we demonstrated, but extremely disappointed in the goals we allowed."

Muse scored both of her goals in the first half, the second of which knotted the match at two at 24:47. Sullivan answered with her fourth of the season to send the Saints into the half with a 3-2 lead. Vincunas tied the match at three when she scored off a pass from Mawicke at 53:45. Sullivan's second goal of the match at 78:09 put Emmanuel in front 4-3.

Wheaton held a commanding 32-15 edge in shots - including a 19-7 advantage in the second half - but allowed four goals in a match for the first time since a 5-2 loss to Tufts in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. They also limited the Saints to one corner kick opportunity on the evening while taking five of their own.

Senior goalkeeper and reigning New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Player of the Week Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, R.I./Wheeler School) came on in relief of senior Erin Cawley (West Springfield, Mass./West Springfield) at the start of the second half and recorded one save to earn her ninth win of the season. In the process, however, she saw her shutout streak snapped at 542:40. D'Ottavia finished with 15 saves for the Saints.

The Lyons return to action on Saturday when they host Springfield at 1 p.m. at Mirrione Stadium. Emmanuel hosts Albertus Magnus Saturday at noon.

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