McCann adds to team-leading goal total
BOSTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College field hockey team suffered a 4-1 setback to Simmons College in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon.
Simmons freshman forward Mary Neidhardt (Middlefield, Conn./Mercy) deposited two goals, while classmates Gabrielle Henderson (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine/Foxcroft Academy) and Hailey Bruno-Moulton (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) also factored into the scoring.
Wheaton junior back Tracy McCann (Westerly, R.I./Lincoln School) found the back of the cage for her team-leading fourth goal of the season at the 59:25 mark. Senior co-captain Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) assisted on the tally.
With her assist, Rocha is currently three points away from tying Jessica Strock '11 for sixth all-time on the career points list. Rocha has compiled 67 points on 28 goals and 11 assists. Strock registered 70 career points scoring 30 markers and dishing out ten assists.
Lyons' senior goalkeeper Ellie Massengill (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) turned away nine saves in the loss. Sharks sophomore goalkeeper Carolyn Baremore (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) stopped a game-high ten shots.
Neidhardt put Simmons on the scoreboard in the 22nd minute finishing a cross from sophomore forward Amy Cronin (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown) for a 1-0 advantage. The duo connected again just 2:22 seconds later for her team-leading fourth goal of the year.
Henderson put home an unassisted tally at 46:06 and Bruno-Moulton capped the Sharks scoring in the 57th minute on a feed by senior midfielder Seneca Martensson (East Longmeadow, Mass./East Longmeadow).
The Sharks outshot Wheaton, 17-15, and also held a 13-8 differential in penalty corners. Simmons grabbed its second victory in the all-time series against the Lyons dating back to 2005. Wheaton leads the series 7-2.
Wheaton (3-4) visits Wellesley for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup on Saturday, September 21 at noon. Simmons (5-1), who is off to its best start in its last six years, hosts Mount Holyoke College on Wednesday, September 18 at 7 p.m.