Lyons earn second-straight OT win over BSU after defeating the Bears, 4-3, in 2OT last year
NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College senior midfielder Sarah McNicholas (Concord, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) netted her first career hat-trick and third game winning goal of her career at the 71:38 mark of the contest to propel the Lyons to a 3-2 overtime comeback victory over Bridgewater State University in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon at Nordin Field. The Lyons are now 4-1 in their five overtime contests this season.
After end-to-end action in the opening minute of the overtime session, senior goalkeeper Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass./Barnstable) broke up a pass from Bears' junior forward Kelsey Kiely (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield), which was intended for the far left post, by diving towards the ball with her stick and deflecting it out of the circle to put the Lyons' offense in transition.
First-year midfielder Katie Peters (Medway, Mass./Medway) picked up the loose ball and drove up the field to find McNicholas who avoided Bridgewater State goalkeeper Kaylyn Allahyarian (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) and deposited the ball into the left corner of the cage for her third goal of the afternoon and team leading eighth goal of the season.
Trailing 2-1 late in the second half, senior forward Tracy McCann (Westerly, R.I./Lincoln School) flicked a long pass to McNicholas who then lunged to the ball low to the ground and redirected the ball into the cage to even up the score at 2-2 at the 57:15 marker.
McNicholas opened up the scoring for Wheaton at 27:01, when McCann's pass was redirected to the left post and the ball found her stick to give the Lyons a 1-0 lead.
The Bears struck with back-to-back goals less than three minutes apart and under four minutes remaining in the first half to pull ahead of the Lyons 2-1. Kiely netted her third goal of the season and struck first for the visitors on a redirected shot by first-year Janet Maher (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) at 28:16.
After a penalty corner was taken by Kiely, classmate Emily Mosca (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) stopped the ball and eventually fed it to junior Mary Roche (Arlington, Mass./Arlington) who shot the ball through Wolters' five-hole for her first tally of the season in the 31st minute of action.
The Blue and White received a pair of assists and four shots from McCann, while Peters one assist. McNicholas added six shots on net and sophomore Darci Bruce (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) tallied three shots. Wolters made four saves on the afternoon to improve her record to 10-7 overall this season.
Wheaton held a 20-10 advantage in shots, while Bridgewater State maintained a 10-4 margin in penalty corners.
The Lyons have now recorded its first 10-win season (10-7) since 2011 and have one regular season game remaining on the schedule. In 2011, Wheaton went 10-9 overall and made an appearance in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) tournament.
Wheaton (10-7) returns to action for "Senior Day" festivities on Saturday afternoon when the Lyons host Mount Holyoke College at 12 p.m. in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action. Bridgewater State (8-9) also plays its final contest of the regular season on Saturday when the Bears host Plymouth State at 3:30 p.m.