Wheaton rallies past Springfield to grab 5-4 win

Wheaton rallies past Springfield to grab 5-4 win

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Sophomores Emily Chick (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) and Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) scored second-half goals to help the Wheaton College field hockey team turn a 4-3 second-half deficit into a 5-4 win over Springfield College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.

Rocha scored twice for the Lyons, who climb a game over .500 at 7-6 and improve their conference mark to 2-3. Sophomore Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass./Westfield) tallied a goal and an assist for Springfield (2-11, 2-3 NEWMAC).

Trailing 4-3 with less than 15 minutes remaining in the match, senior Emily Asack (Stoughton, Mass../Stoughton) found Rocha at the left side of the net for her sixth goal of the season at 56:50. Less than seven minutes later, junior Gillian Mann (Burlington, Vt./Williston Nortampton School) sent a pass to Chick off a corner that she turned into her fourth goal of the season to give Wheaton a 5-4 lead.

The Lyons fell behind 1-0 just 3:58 into the contest on an unassisted goal by junior Meghan McHugh (Greenfield, Mass./Greenfield), then rattled off three-straight goals to grab a 3-1 lead. Rocha knotted the game at one as she banged home a pass from Asack at the left side of the net at 20:13, followed by goals from Mann at 27:46 and Asack 33:12, respectively. Sophomore Eliza Kennedy (Madison, Conn./Tabor Academy) was credited with the assist on Mann's goal.

Springfield answered with two goals in the final 39 seconds to even the score at three heading into halftime. Gallo flipped in a pass from senior Alexa Carlton (New Milford, Conn./New Milford) off a corner at 34:21, followed by a goal from sophomore Amy Dean (Westbrook, Conn./Westbrook) at 35:00 off a feed from Carlson. The half ended with the Pride holding a 13-9 edge in shots.

Twenty minutes into the second stanza, the Pride jumped ahead 4-3 on a goal by junior Jenn Califano (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern). She collected a loose ball in front and beat Wheaton sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Massengill (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) with a shot.

Asack finished the afternoon with three assists for Wheaton, which was outshot 23-15. Massengill made seven saves to pick up her seventh win of the season. Freshman Grace Bibber (Damariscotta, Maine/Lincoln Academy) got the start for the Pride and made five saves.

The Lyons travel to Skidmore Sunday afternoon for a 1 p.m. contest. The Pride travel to Clark Tuesday for a 7 p.m. match.