REHOBOTH, Mass.- The Wheaton College field hockey team had Saturday's Homecoming game spoiled by nationally-ranked Skidmore College, as the Lyons dropped a 7-2 decision to the Thoroughbreds in a non-conference match at Faxon Field.
Wheaton is now 2-10 on the season, while Skidmore, which is ranked 11th in the country by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), snapped its three-game losing skid to improve to 10-4.
The visitors didn't waste any time cracking the scoring column, as junior Kelly Blackhurst (North River, N.Y./Johnsburg) delivered the opening goal just 38 ticks into action. Blackhurst again found the back of the cage 3:16 later.
Freshman Dani DeGregory (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich) scored two of her three goals at the 16:13 and 23:12 marks of the opening half to extend the Thoroughbred edge to 4-0.
Three straight Skidmore markers to open the second frame, including DeGregory's third at 45:25, made the score 7-0.
Wheaton junior goalie Ellie Massengill (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) finished with 12 stops through 45:25, while sophomore Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass./Barnstable) had three saves the rest of the way.
For Skidmore, sophomore Haley McDougall (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) recorded five stops in 27:24 for the win.
The Thoroughbreds finished with a 33-8 advantage in shots and a 15-3 edge in penalty corners.
Wheaton turns around tomorrow for a road game at non-conference opponent Lasell College at 1:00 p.m.