WESTON, Mass. - After falling behind early, the Wheaton College field hockey team battled back to defeat host Regis (Mass.) 3-1 on Friday evening, collecting its first win of the season.
Anchored in goal by junior Riley Thompson, the Lyons put together a strong defensive effort to go with a strong attacking presence. Thompson split time in goal with first-year Morgan Karnes, with Thompson making two saves in 53 minutes of action. Karnes was unchallenged.
Offensively the Lyons outshot the Pride 23-5, while holding a 12-5 advantage in penalty corners. One of the Pride's five shots made its way into goal at the fourth minute of play with Aineen Callahan scoring on a breakaway pass from Jenna Casello.
The Lyons shifted the momentum in their favor toward the end of the first half, resulting in a goal by sophomore JoAnn Bourgoin. Bourgoin's first goal of the season came with 5:46 remaining in the half after a rebound made its way to the forward.
Wheaton came out quick in the second half with senior Amelia Gage handing the Lyons the lead just three minutes in. After a scramble in front of the net, junior Kelsey Buckley chipped one over to Gage, who fired it into the net.
Buckley added an insurance goal in the 49th minute, deflecting a shot from Bourgoin into the cage for the games final goal.
The win moves the Lyons to 1-1 on the season, while Pride fall to 0-1.
Wheaton returns the field on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at Roger Williams.