BOSTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College field hockey team hit the road on Tuesday night, falling 2-0 to Simmons College in non-conference action.
Wheaton moves to 5-2 on the season, while Simmons improves to 6-2.
Simmons had the run of play during the majority of the first half, outshooting the Lyons 12-1, while having a 10-3 advantage in penalty corners. Despite the influx of shots, the Lyons defense held strong, not surrendering a goal until the 32nd minute.
The Sharks goal came after Jenna Gagnon crossed the ball in front of the cage, where it found the stick of Julie Saltamartini.
Wheaton found its rhythm in the second half, creating a more evenly contested game than the first. The two sides finished with six shots each in the second period, while Simmons held a slim, 5-4, advantage in penalty corners. Unfortunately the for the Lyons, Simmons made it 2-0 in the 51st minute with a hard shot from the center of the circle by Amy Cronin.
Riley Thompson played every minute in goal for the Lyons, coming up with eight saves on 10 shots faced. Salena Helmreich added another defensive save to her season totals, while Katie Peters and Brooke Dugan each finished with two shots on goal.
Wheaton returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Nordin Field when they host New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Smith at 1 p.m.