Posted: Sep 02, 2018
SCORE: Wheaton 5 - Western New England 3
RECORDS: Wheaton (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) - Western New England (0-1, 0-0 CCC)
LOCATION: Springfield, Mass. (Golden Bear Stadium)
- The Wheaton College field hockey team rises to 1-1 on the 2018 season, as they defeated the Golden Bears of Western New England University, 5-3, in the pair's first-ever meeting this afternoon in Springfield. With the loss, Western New England drops to 0-1.
- It took the Lyons' offense just 41 seconds to get started, as Ellie Williams found Michelle Connolly in front of the net, dumping in Wheaton's first goal of the day.
- Wheaton's edge was short-lived though, as Western New England's Jacqueline Clark netted the equalizer thanks to Lana Felice less than five minutes later.
- The Lyons' defense fought off two consecutive Golden Bear penalty corners in a 45 second span, and a Bailey Karnes defensive save led to a Wheaton offensive break in the 18th minute of the half. Hannah Arkin pushed the ball to find an open Karin Dion, who was credited for the visitors' 2-1 lead at 17:58.
- Haley Dover came within inches of her first collegiate goal on a penalty corner at 27:58, but was denied with a Leah Keleman defensive save.
- Western New England fired back with another equalizer early in the second to tie the score, 2-2, when Taylor Klesik connected with Jessica Clifford on a penalty corner at 37:55. The Lyons took the next four shots of the contest and finally converted on the fifth to go back on top, 3-2, with an Arkin goal from Hannah LeClair at 47:23.
- Wheaton climbed to their largest cushion of the day, 5-2, with back-to-back goals from Connolly and Arkin, respectively, by the 63rd minute. A Western New England timeout at 62:50 resulted in a prompt, Jacqueline Clark goal, but that would be the end of the scoring and the Lyons would come away with the 5-3 win.
- Morgan Karnes grabbed her first start and win of the year, making four stops in a complete, 70-minute performance. Dana Dufour slips to 0-1 with the loss, despite the five shots she turned aside.
- Arkin led all players on the field with four shots, a pair of goals and an assist. Clark was most productive for the Golden Bears, as she took five shots and registered a pair of goals.
- Wheaton outshot Western New England, 14-12, while the Golden Bears edged the Lyons in penalty corners, 11-9.
- Shots: Wheaton 14 - Western New England 12
- Penalty Corners: Wheaton 9 - Western New England 11
- Saves: Wheaton 4 - Western New England 4