Slow start dooms Wheaton at Southern Maine, Lyons suffer 4-2 setback

Slow start dooms Wheaton at Southern Maine, Lyons suffer 4-2 setback

GORHAM, Maine- The Wheaton College field hockey team fell behind early during a 4-2 setback to the University of Southern Maine during Saturday's season opener for both squads at Hannaford Field.  This afternoon marked the first of two days at the USM Invitational.

The Huskies held a 12-2 advantage in shots during the first half, scoring three times in a 17:19 span for a 3-0 lead.  Southern Maine freshman Michaela George (Pittsfield, Maine/Maine Central Institute), who opened the scoring at 12:15, extended the Husky lead to 4-0 just under 11 minutes into the second frame.

Wheaton fought back with a pair of scores from sophomore Tracy McCann (Westerly, R.I./Lincoln School) at 58:37 and 67:25, but the Lyons were up against the clock at that point.  Wheaton didn't muster a shot in the final two-plus minutes, but sophomore goalie Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass./Barnstable) needed to make four saves over a 1:09 span to keep the margin at two.

Junior Emily Chick (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) recorded an assist on McCann's first tally.  McCann's second score was courtesy of a breakaway attempt, which came on the heels of a Husky shot 20 seconds prior to her pushing her shot past Southern Maine junior goalie Lindsey Fortin (Berwick, Maine/Noble).

Wolters allowed the one second-half goal while recording five saves.  Junior goalie Ellie Massengill (Amherst, MA/Amherst Regional) made seven stops through the first 35 minutes in the loss.  Husky junior goalie Kayla Kennedy (Windham, Maine/Windham) accounted for two first-half stops in the win, and Fortin notched six saves in relief.

Southern Maine finished with advantages of 19-14 in shots and 8-6 in penalty corners.  The Huskies also managed one defensive save.

The Lyons look to salvage a weekend split tomorrow afternoon in day two of the USM Invitational when they face Husson University at 2:00 p.m.