Lyons fall to 5-2 overall, 0-1 NEWMAC
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College field hockey team dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 12 ranked Wellesley College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Nordin Field.
Wellesley received a pair of goals from junior forward Hannah Flesch (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) and senior forward/midfielder Alex Azzi (Rye, N.H./Phillips Exeter), while Courtney Peterson (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury), Nathalie Gruet (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) and Nikki Sharkin (Summit, N.J./Summit) added solo tallies in the victory.
Five of the visitors' seven goals came off assists as Anissa Sridhar (Idlerton, Ontario/Lakefield College School), Caroline Guild (Chestnut Hill, Mass./Concord-Carlisle), Meghan Peterson (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury), Mary Lemay (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and Gruet all dished out helpers for the Blue.
Wheaton senior goalkeeper Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass./Barnstable) stopped a game-high seven saves in the loss (5-2). Wolters entered play today ranked No. 49 overall among all NCAA Division III goalkeepers in saves per game at 7.83. Wellesley goalkeepers Lucy Hurlock (Needham, Mass./Buckingham Brown & Nichols) and Becky Hamilton (New York, N.Y./Fieldston) each played a half in the contest but were not tested with any shots on goal. Hurlock, who got the start in the game, improved to 7-0 on the season.
Wellesley jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half as Sharkin potted her fifth goal of the season on a pass from Sridhar at the 7:07 mark to take an early 1-0 advantage. C. Peterson followed with her seventh marker of the season at 17:26 and Flesch also notched an unassisted tally at 23:38 to make it 3-0. Gruet capped the scoring in the first half with her tenth goal of the year at the 29:04 mark via a feed from M. Peterson.
Flesch contributed her team-leading 14th goal of the season at 46:10, while Azzi scored in the 61st and 66th minutes of the contest. The Blue outshot the hosts 40-3 and compiled a 19-1 differential in corners.
Wheaton (5-2, 0-1 NEWMAC) hosts Simmons for a non-conference matchup on Tuesday, September 23 at 7 p.m. Wellesley (7-0, 1-0 NEWMAC) welcomes Connecticut College to its campus next Wednesday for a non-conference game at 4:30 p.m.