NORTON, Mass. - Junior Katie Peters scored a career-high five goals, including a hat trick in the opening five minutes of action, to push the Wheaton College women's lacrosse team past visiting Emerson College, 15-12, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest at Diane C. Nordin '80 Field.
Peters netted her first goal less than a minute into the game, before tacking on two more unassisted goals over the next five minutes. Meredith Weber and Sophia Gripari cut the Emerson deficit to one goal a few minutes later.
Trailing 4-2, Emerson fought back to tie the game with back-to-back goals from Tara Windsor. Not to be out done, the Lyons answered with back-to-back goals just seconds apart from Lilly Callahan and Gasperoni to regain the lead for good. Callahan added another goal with help from Molly Covarrubias at the 13:45 mark. Mallis put another tally on the board, making it an 8-4 game, before Windsor could put another score on the board for the visiting Lions.
Peters scored her fourth goal of the contest with 9:17 remaining until intermission, which was followed by Covarrubias' first goal of the night. Weber found back netting once again for Emerson, this time on a free position shot, but quickly had it negated by a goal from Giovanna Bishop.
Gripari cut the Emerson deficit to 11-7 to start the second half with a converted free position shot of her own. Peters concluded her scoring with 20:17 to go in the game with her fifth unassisted goal of the game. Covarrubias put another one away herself five minutes later to give the Lyons a 13-7 advantage.
Emerson responded with three unanswered goals over the following six minutes with Weber, Jenna Tomsky and Mia Doyon all scoring. Callahan ended Wheaton's scoreless streak with an assist from Bishop with under seven minutes to go. After five scoreless minutes Gasperoni found Bishop for Wheaton's final goal of the contest. Emerson concluded the scoring with consecutive goals by Weber and Gripari.
The Lyons return to the field on Saturday, April 15 at Springfield for a 1 p.m. NEWMAC contest.