MIDDLETOWN, R.I.- The Wheaton College field hockey team saw host Salve Regina University tack on Saturday's first three goals during a 5-3 loss to the Seahawks during non-conference action at Gaudet Field.
The Lyons falter to 1-3 on the season, while Salve Regina improves to 2-1 after coming off a double-overtime setback earlier this week.
The Seahawks opened the scoring in the fifth minute, doubled their advantage in the 10th minute and went ahead 3-0 at 24:39. Just 36 seconds later, Wheaton cracked the scoring column, as freshman Olivia Papakyrikos (Fitchburg, Mass./Cushing Academy) recorded her first collegiate point in setting up junior Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth Regional).
Salve responded with its fourth marker a little over two minutes after the Lyons scored, thus giving the hosts a 4-1 halftime advantage. Stats were relatively even through the first 35 minutes, with the Seahawks holding a 9-6 edge in shots and Wheaton taking two of the frame's three penalty corners, but Salve capitalized on its scoring opportunities.
Papakyrokos brought the Blue and White to within two goals after she scored 3:23 into the second half, converting a pass from sophomore Sarah McNicholas (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) to make the score 4-2.
The Seahawks then did Wheaton a favor in allowing an own goal that trimmed their lead to one at 48:23, but a fifth Salve player got into the scoring act that made the score 5-3 just 26 seconds later.
Junior goalie Ellie Massengill (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) took the loss in the cage, saving three shots while giving up four goals in a little under 34 minutes. Sophomore Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass./Barnstable) went the rest of the way, turning aside five shots and yielding one goal.
Sophomore Murphy McCann (Westerly, R.I./Lincoln School) provided the host with four stops in net. For the game, Salve finished with an 18-11 edge in shots, while the Lyons had an 11-4 corner advantage, including a 9-3 margin in the second half.
After playing three of its first four games on the road this fall, Wheaton will play three of its next four on its home turf beginning with tomorrow's non-conference contest against Simmons College on Faxon Field at 1:00 p.m.