BRISTOL, R.I. – The Wheaton College field hockey team spoiled Roger Williams season opener, handing the hosts an early deficit they would never overcome, as the Lyons pulled out a 6-2 victory.
Senior Amelia Gage put the Lyons (2-1) ahead just five minutes into the contest with her third goal in as many games. The goal nearly belonged to fellow senior Michelle Trainor who had her penalty corner shot deflected by a Roger Williams (0-1) defender. The ball made its way toward Gage who was able to put it away.
Wheaton kept the goals coming with junior Katie Peters tacking on another score four minutes later. Peters used her speed and stick work to her advantage, tearing through the Hawk defense and firing off a shot from the left of the arc into the opposite side netting.
With the offense clicking on all cylinders, Gage and Kelsey Buckley teamed up in the 14th minute, making it a 3-0 contest. After receiving Gage's pass, Buckley calmly tapped the ball into the right corner.
Roger Williams earned one back in the 17th minute off a penalty stroke. Wheaton recaptured its three goal advantage in the 24th minute with a goal by Trainor. The goal, which is Trainor's first of the season, came off a penalty corner taken by Buckley.
Trainor and Gage continued to lead the offensive assault in the second half, earning the Lyons a 5-1 lead in the 47th minute. Gage picked up her second goal of the contest after collecting Trainor's pass and firing it down the middle.
The Hawks netted their final goal of the game in the 51st minute, putting a loose ball in the goal. Not to be outdone, the Lyons got the final word, scoring their final goal in the 69th minute. This time Salena Helmreich found a wide open Buckley for an easy score.
Despite the goal difference, the Lyons only held a 19-11 advantage in shots and 11-7 lead in penalty corners.
Wheaton returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 10 for a game at Union (N.Y.). The contest is set for 12 p.m.