NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College field hockey team opened the 2019 season with a 1-0 loss to the visiting Golden Bears of Western New England University this afternoon at Nordin Field. Western New England got on the board early as Jacqueline Clark finished a cross from Haley Daigneault on the right side of the cage at the 4:50 mark in the first quarter. The Lyons were held scoreless despite 9 shots and 5 penalty corners throughout the remainder of the contest, but played well on the defensive end to minimize the visitors' offense.
"We got scored against early, but I think our team responded in a really positive way" said first year Head Coach Brooke Marshall. "We applied pressure, we maintained some really good defensive outlets... our defense did a great job on any penalty corners that they encountered, so I thought we were really composed. We had a lot of attacking opportunities; we just couldn't get the finish at the end, so it didn't reflect on the scoreboard, but I still think this was a really great game and a really good start for our team".
The Lyons were edged in scoring 13-9 by Western New England, but Wheaton held a 5-3 advantage over the visitors in Penalty Corners. Morgan Karnes and Greta Reilly played 30 minutes apiece, as they alternated every other quarter and each turned aside 4 shots.
UP NEXT: The Lyons resume their schedule on Wednesday, September 4, when they travel to Salve Regina University for a 6:00 p.m. contest.