BEVERLY, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team hit the road for its season opener, falling 17-6 to Endicott Wednesday night at Hempstead Stadium.
After falling behind early, the Lyons equalized with a goal from Angela Mallis five minutes later. Endicott broke the deadlock with seven consecutive goals that spanned over the next 15 minutes. Giovanna Bishop, who assisted on the Lyons opening goal, ended Wheaton's scoring draught with help from first-year Molly Covarrubias with 2:42 remaining until halftime. The Gulls added one more in the final seconds of the opening period, taking a 9-2 lead into intermission.
In the second half, the Lyons wasted no time getting things started, scoring two quick goals to cut the deficit to five. Covarrubias picked up her second assist of the game with a quick feed to classmate Meg Sharick who put the ball away. Just over a minute later Covarrubias netted the first goal of her Wheaton career. Endicott countered just seconds later, sparking a 4-0 run that pushed their lead to 13-4. Senior Lydia Regan scored her first goal of the season with 22:19 left in the game, but the Gulls responded with four more of their own. Covarrubias collected the final goal of the game with 4:23 remaining in regulation.
Endicott ended the game with a 29-15 shot advantage, while outdrawing the Lyons 14-11. Wheaton's Molly Witten started in goal for the Lyons, coming up with two saves, while Galicia Rothe made four saves in 20 minutes of work. The Lyons were 11-of-14 on clears.
Wheaton is set to open its home stand starting on Sunday, March 5 with a 3:30 p.m. contest against Lasell at Diane C. Nordin '80 Field.