Field Hockey Drops Season Opener to Visiting Gulls

Field Hockey Drops Season Opener to Visiting Gulls

SCORE: Wheaton 0 - Endicott 6

RECORDS: Wheaton (0-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) - Endicott (1-0, 0-0 CCC)

LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Nordin Field)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • The Wheaton College field hockey team fell, 6-0, to the visiting Endicott College Gulls this afternoon on Nordin Field, in the 2018 season opener for both teams. 
  • The Gulls, who return from last season with a fourth place NCAA regional ranking, led the Lyons in shots, 5-3, before opening the first-half scoring. Lily Smith was the one to put Endicott on the board for a 1-0 lead when she dumped in a pipe rebound off the pads of the keeper just over 13 minutes into the contest. 
  • Wheaton kept their offense hot with three penalty corners over the next 6 minutes in an attempt to counter the visitor's first goal. Liz Helmreich, Sarah Yates and Karin Dion each fired shots on net but were unable to convert. Kristen McCarthy helped Endicott slip into halftime with a 2-0 lead as she scored in the 20th minute, firing a long ball in from the top of the circle. 
  • Hannah LeClair swooped in to back up Wheaton keeper, Greta Reilly in the 23rd minute, turning aside an Addi Williams shot for her first defensive save of the year. 
  • Endicott scored back-to-back markers at 43:43 and 45:47 in the second half to lift their lead to 4-0 with 24:13 left to play. McCarthy slipped a pass to Julie Champigny on the left, who lifted a shot into the top right corner of the net, just before Jaylin Grabau scored with another rebound off the goalie's pads. 
  • The Gulls finished the day with another pair of goals and a 6-0 win. Scoring on an Endicott penalty corner, Sydney Poulin got a piece of a ball from McCarthy at 54:11, and Emily Graham deposited the final tally in the 61st minute as she sent a floating shot into the upper right corner. 
  • Greta Reilly got the start in the opener, tallying 14 saves before reliever Morgan Karnes came in to play the remaining 15:17 minutes of the contest. 
  • The Lyons were awarded 8 penalty corners throughout the game, in comparison to Endicott's 4, while the Gulls outshot Wheaton, 25-11. 

THE BASICS:

  • Shots: Wheaton 11 - Endicott 25
  • Penalty Corners: Wheaton 8 - Endicott 4 
  • Saves: Wheaton 15 - Endicott 8

UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to action on Sunday, September 2, when they travel to Western New England University for a non-conference matchup with the Golden Bears at noon.  VIDEO / LIVE STATS