Harris dishes out three assists, ties single-game program record
WESTON, Mass. – Wheaton College sophomore forward/midfielder Kelsey Harris (Spencer, Mass./Worcester Academy) assisted on three straight goals to open the contest, tying the single-game program record, to help the Lyons claim an eventual 6-0 victory over Regis College on Friday afternoon in non-conference action at Regis Stadium.
The Lyons used six different goal scorers in their first shutout of the season – and second straight win – as first-year Kelsey Buckley (Gilford, N.H./Gilford) and senior co-captain Tracy McCann (Westerly, R.I./Lincoln School) found the back of the cage in the first half. Sophomores Ellen Gulezian (Merrimac, Mass./Pentucket) and Darci Bruce (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) and first-years Emma Peterson (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) and Mikaela Coombs (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) all tallied markers in the second stanza to round out the scoring.
In their last two victories, the Blue and White have outscored their opponents by an 11-1 margin. Wheaton also defeated the Pride by an identical 6-0 score at home in the first-ever game on Nordin Field last season. The Lyons now are 6-0 all-time against the Pride dating back to 2003.
Buckley opened the scoring with her first collegiate goal at the 24:48 mark and McCann followed with her second strike of the season two minutes and 55-seconds later, both on feeds from Harris.
Harris then followed up with her third assist of the contest in the 41st minute with a crisp pass in front of the cage to Gulezian who slid in a shot on a wide open net for her first goal of the year and second of her career. Bruce added her team-leading third goal of the 2014 campaign at 55:25, while Peterson and Coombs buried their first collegiate markers at 66:33 and 69:38, respectively.
Wheaton senior goalkeeper Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass./Barnstable) stopped three shots in the triumph. First-year goalkeeper Riley Thompson (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) saw 10:34 of action off the bench and classmate Kyla Teeters (Middletown, R.I./Rocky Hill) played the final 3:57, both student-athletes were not tested by a single shot in their appearances.
The Lyons commanded a 33-6 differential in shots and a 9-3 margin in penalty corners. Regis junior goalkeeper Raegan Heck (Phillipston, Mass./Narragansett) recorded 12 saves and backup Maresa Malcolm (Barrington, N.J./Haddon Heights) turned away four shots.
Harris' three helpers matches Alisa Ardito's '09 most recent output from October 25, 2008 which came in a 5-1 win against Smith College. In total, the Wheaton College field hockey program has had a student-athlete record three assists in a single-game eight times in program history. Sarah Fraser was the first-ever student-athlete to achieve this feat on September 20, 1986 against Mount Holyoke, while Ardito and Lyndsie Ryalls '08 both have assisted on three goals in a single-game twice during their careers. Four out of the eight occurrences have come against Regis College, including two in the same game on September 1, 2007.
Wheaton (3-1) travels to Lasell College on Wednesday, September 10 for a non-league matchup at 4:30 p.m. Regis (1-2) hosts Simmons College next Tuesday at 6 p.m.