NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College field hockey team opened the 2016 season against Endicott College, Thursday night, at Diane Nordin '80 Field. Despite scoring the opening goal, the Lyons fell 6-2 to the visiting Gulls.
Endicott's Brittany Bushey scored what would prove to be the game-winner in the 34th minute. The Gulls went onto score three unanswered goals, starting with back-to-back putaways by Samantha Crowley. Sophia Cogliano capped off the scoring in the 65th minute.
The loss dropped Wheaton to 0-1 on the season, while Endicott improved to 1-0 in both team's season openers.
Wheaton struck first, scoring in the 17th minute. Lyon senior Amelia Gage found the back of the net after collecting a ball that deflected off a Gull defender following a penalty corner, giving Wheaton a 1-0 lead.
Nicki Thurston capitalized on a scoring opportunity three minutes later to pull Endicott level with Wheaton. Lyon first-year Elizabeth Helmreich handed the lead back to her team in the 22nd minute with her first collegiate goal. After a drawing a penalty corner which was taken by Kelsey Buckley, the Lyons pushed the ball into the circle, where it pinged off a Gull player and to E. Helmreich's stick.
Trailing 2-1, Endicott picked up the pressure with Sophia Cogliano and Thurston firing off shots that were both saved by Lyon goalkeeper Riley Thompson. Despite the two saves, the Lyons could not stop the third shot, which found its way into the net.
The Gulls outshot the Lyons 18-7, while Wheaton held a 12-9 advantage in penalty corners. Thompson (0-1) came up with seven saves for Wheaton, while Endicott's Cheka Ventura (1-0) made two.
The Lyons return to the field on Friday, Sept. 2 with a 4 p.m. game at Regis (Mass.).