Field Hockey Tops Simmons, 3-1

Field Hockey Tops Simmons, 3-1

Wolters stops ten shots in the win

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College field hockey team claimed a 3-1 victory over Simmons College on Tuesday night in non-conference action at Nordin Field.

Wheaton first-year midfielder Katie Peters (Medway, Mass./Medway) scored the go-ahead goal in the 28th minute for the Lyons, while sophomore Amelia Gage (Lebanon, N.H./Lebanon) opened up the scoring with her second marker of the year at 26:13. Junior forward/midfielder Kelsey Harris (Spencer, Mass./Worcester Academy) also added an insurance goal at the 61:23, her team-leading sixth tally of the season.

Simmons first-year forward Samantha Rondeau (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) potted the lone marker for the Sharks at 27:01, which tied the contest up at 1-1 only 48-seconds after Gage scored, for her team-best fourth goal of the year (tied with Kelly Williamson).

Lyons senior goalkeeper Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass./Barnstable) stopped ten shots to improve to 6-2 overall in the cage. Wolters has now compiled ten or more saves in four different games this season. Wolters entered the contest ranked 46th overall in the country in saves per game.

Sharks sophomore goalkeeper Brianna Rastello (Salem, N.H./Salem) made nine saves in the loss (4-4). Before Gage's strike at 26:13, Rastello had not allowed a goal in 203:45 of action, while the team produced a 236:13 shutout streak.

In the first half, Gage redirected a shot by senior co-captain Tracy McCann (Westerly, R.I./Lincoln School) just inside the right post to give Wheaton a 1-0 advantage. Rondeau countered for Simmons with a long run down the middle of the field and a hard shot into the lower left corner of the cage to even the score just 48-seconds after the Lyons grabbed their 1-0 margin.

Peters answered with the game-winning goal 36-seconds later as she fired a mid-range shot behind Rastello into the net for her fourth goal of the season. Harris rounded out the offense in the non-conference matchup by cleaning up a rebound in front of the cage at 61:23.

Simmons outshot Wheaton 14-13 and also fashioned a 7-5 margin in penalty corners.

Wheaton (6-2) travels to Smith College on Saturday, September 27 to take on the Pioneers in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup at noon. Simmons (4-4) hosts Thomas College on Sunday at 1 p.m. With tonight's win, the Lyons are now 8-2 all-time versus Simmons since the series started in 2005.

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