McNicholas nets third goal of the season in the loss
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College field hockey team fell to MIT, 3-1, on Tuesday evening in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Nordin Field.
The Lyons were led by Sarah McNicholas (Concord, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) who put home her third goal of the season at the 19:19 mark, which evened the score at 1-1 at the time. Salena Helmreich (Sanford, Maine/Sanford) tallied the assist on the goal for her first career point. Kelsey Harris (Spencer, Mass./Worcester Academy) put the ball on net four times, while Michelle Trainor (Amesbury, Mass./Saint Thomas Aquinas) tallied two shots in the loss.
Emily Penn (Elkridge, Md./Howard) guided the Engineers with her first career hat-trick to bump her team-leading total to 11 markers on the season. Caitlin Mackey (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) recorded two assists for MIT, Elizabeth Dethy (Morristown, N.J./Philips Exeter) recorded four shots and Krishna Jaitly (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) and Molly McNamara (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) each tallied three shots.
MIT opened up the scoring at 17:20 when Mackey gathered a loose ball off of a penalty corner and fed Penn, who poked the ball just out of reach of Lyons' goalkeeper Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass./Barnstable).
Wheaton answered quickly just 1:59 later when Helmreich dished a pass to a wide-open McNicholas from about 15 yards away. McNicholas proceeded to break away from the Engineers' back line and put home her third goal of the season to knot the score at 1-1.
Penn wasted little time regaining the lead for MIT with her second goal of the contest at the 22:23 mark. Mackey initiated the tally with a pass from outside the circle that Penn one-timed home to give the visitors a 2-1 lead going into the break. Penn scored the all-important insurance goal for MIT at 65:28. After Wolters kicked the ball slightly away from the cage, Penn gained possession of the loose ball and pushed it in for the final tally of the game.
Wolters made seven saves for the Blue and White, while Paige Kennedy (Eastchester, N.Y./School of the Holy Child) saved two shots and backup goalkeeper Evie Kyritsis (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) stopped one shot for MIT. The Engineers held a 25-10 advantage in shot and 15-2 differential in penalty corners.
Wheaton (7-5-1, 1-3-0 NEWMAC) returns to action on Thursday when they travel to face-off against non-conference opponent Elms College at 7p.m. MIT (8-1-0, 3-0-0 NEWMAC) travel to Clark University for a NEWMAC match-up on Saturday at 12 p.m.