NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College field hockey team recorded their first win of the season and first win in a four-game series with Union College of New York this afternoon at Nordin Field. Wheaton improves to 1-2 on the young season, while Union levels out to 1-1 overall.
Hannah Arkin evened the score less than a minute after Cici Lyne's 17:38 goal, as she collected a ball from Elizabeth Helmreich. Katie Talacci regained the lead for Union in the 24th minute when she drove the ball from the top of the circle for an unassisted goal. Wheaton was awarded a penalty stroke moments later, but just couldn't convert on the opportunity for the equalizer.
The Lyons opened up for a four-goal between the third and fourth quarter as they earned a 5-2 lead. Sophomore Phoebe Seifert struck from a pass off the stick of Helmreich just before Lauren Bartlett hammered a ball from the top of the circle with the help of Karin Dion. Helmreich and Seifert then combined for a pair of unassisted goals to close out the Wheaton scoring.
The Dutchwomen found the back of the net with just over seven minutes remaining when Charlotte Leyland connected with Cristina Boudreau for the visitors third goal of the afternoon. Union spent a decent amount of time in their offensive circle for the remainder of the game, but the two goal deficit proved to be too much.
Morgan Karnes picks up her first win of the season in a 10-save effort. Union held an 18-16 advantage in shots, while each team registered 6 penalty corners.
UP NEXT: Wheaton picks back up again on Tuesday, September 10, when they travel to Wesleyan University (Conn.) for a 7:00 p.m. matchup.