Late comeback bid falls short as Wheaton bows to Wellesley, 4-2

Late comeback bid falls short as Wheaton bows to Wellesley, 4-2

REHOBOTH, Mass.- The Wheaton College field hockey team cut its four-goal deficit in half against visiting Wellesley College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't enough as the Lyons dropped a 4-2 decision to the Blue at Faxon Field.

Wheaton fell to 2-5 on the season and 0-2 in conference play, while Wellesley, which is receiving votes in the most recent National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll, improved to 6-1 and 1-0.

Lyon sophomore Sarah McNicholas (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) scored both of her team's goals, while classmate goalkeeper Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass./Barnstable) was solid in the cage for the second straight game after making 21 saves.

For the guests, sophomore Lallie Lukens (Dakar, Senegal/Episcopal) tallied two times, including posting the game-winner, while classmate Nathalie Gruet (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) registered a goal and an assist.

Wellesley got on the board 10:08 into play, when sophomore Meghan Peterson (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) took a short centering pass from Gruet and ripped her shot into the back of the cage.  Gruet scored not even three minutes later, and Lukens tallied with 10:12 to play in the frame to give the visitors a 3-0 halftime edge.

Lukens made the score 4-0 2:52 into the second half before Wheaton began its comeback.  McNicholas, who took a cross from junior Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth Regional), sent a beautiful backhanded shot past the Blue goalie.

McNicholas slammed home her second goal of the game and season at 51:02, as she was the recipient of a junior Emily Chick (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) feed, but the hosts didn't get a shot off the rest of the way.

Wellesley used two goalies in the win, as junior starter Brit Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass./Pingree School) collected her sixth victory of the fall.

The Blue held advantages of 31-5 in shots and 20-6 in penalty corners.

Wheaton hosts Bridgewater State University tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. in a rematch of last year's Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament first-round game.