Wheaton falls at Mount Holyoke as host pulls away in second half

Wheaton falls at Mount Holyoke as host pulls away in second half

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass.- The Wheaton College field hockey team trailed by one at halftime on Saturday, but host Mount Holyoke College rattled off five second-half goals en route to a 6-0 win during New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.

Wheaton dropped its fourth straight game to fall to 2-7 overall and 0-3 in league play, while Mount Holyoke raised its marks to 5-3 and 2-0.

Senior Angelica Pascual (Lawrence, Mass./Proctor Academy), who scored five of the hosts' six goals, deposited the game-winner into the back of the cage at 10:26.  Mount Holyoke held a 22-2 shot advantage in the opening half, but Lyon sophomore goalie Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass./Barnstable) was up to the task in notching 13 saves.

Senior Alex Smith (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) assisted Wolters and the Wheaton defense with a defensive save with just over 10 minutes to go in the opening frame.

Wolters finished the game with a career-high 24 saves, falling one short of tying for 10th in program history, but it wasn't enough as the hosts tallied twice in the first eight minutes of the second half to put the game out of reach.

Mount Holyoke finished the second-half scoring with goals in the 53rd, 57th and 65th minutes.

Senior goalkeeper Anne O'Byrne (Newbury, N.H./Proctor Academy) made three saves in 67:35 to collect the win.

Mount Holyoke held a 40-9 advantage in shots while taking 16 of the game's 19 penalty corners.

Wheaton stays on the road this Tuesday for a league game at Springfield College at 7:00 p.m.