Lyons blanked at WPI in NEWMAC opener

Lyons blanked at WPI in NEWMAC opener

WORCESTER, Mass.- The Wheaton College field hockey team opened its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) schedule with a 2-0 setback to host Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on Saturday at Alumni Field.

The Lyons, who entered today's contest winners in two of their last three games, fall to 2-4 on the season, while the Engineers even their mark at 3-3.

Wheaton sophomore goalkeeper Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass./Barnstable) turned in an impressive performance with a career-high 23 saves, just two shy of tying for 10th place in the school's record book.  Wolters turned aside 11 of WPI's 13 first-half shots in helping preserve the shutout.

Wolters recorded 12 stops in the second half, but the Engineers were able to push two of their 19 shots in that stanza past her.  WPI broke the stalemate midway through the half before scoring on a penalty stroke with 9:26 left to put the game away.

Wheaton sophomore Sarah McNicholas (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) led the team with four shots, while junior Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) added three.

Engineer junior goalie Liz Dufresne (Worcester, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) stopped four shots en route to her first shutout of the fall.  WPI finished with advantages of 32-11 in shots and 9-3 in penalty corners.

The Lyons aren't scheduled to play again until next Saturday when they return home for a league match against Wellesley College at 1:00 p.m.