Mass. College Lax: Tufts-Wheaton Game Preview

Wheaton's Leila Mills (middle) will be one of many players to watch this afternoon! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Wheaton’s Leila Mills (middle) will be one of many players to watch this afternoon! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

Our Wednesday “Game of the Week” has been pushed to Thursday as Noontime Sports will be in Medford this afternoon for a non-conference women’s lacrosse match between No. 17 Tufts University and Wheaton College.

As usual, here are our pregame notes, which we’ve provided below, and also, today’s game is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. start.

Last Meeting: The Jumbos defeated the Lyons in April of 2012, 13-6.

Tufts’ Weekend Summary: The Jumbos went 1-1 last weekend as they defeated Williams College on Saturday before falling to No. 3 Middlebury College on Sunday. Gabby Horner led the Powder Blue and White with a hat trick against the Panthers, while Kerry Eaton registered two goals and one helper.

Horner’s Recent Success: Horner, who returned to action last weekend for the first time in five games, tallied seven goals with one assist in two matches. The junior from Allentown, New Jersey, has appeared in five games this season and ranks third on the team in goals (12) and assists (4), and fourth in points (16).

Wheaton’s Conference Success: The Lyons enter today’s contest coming off back-to-back NEWMAC victories against Smith College and Wellesley College. Wheaton, who is 4-0 in NEWMAC play, has two more conference matches remaining against Mount Holyoke on Saturday and Babson College next Tuesday. The Lyons won four of their six conference matches last season, and finished 3-3 in 2011.

Leila Mills Nets Five Strikes Against Wellesley: Mills netted a season-best five strikes against Wellesley on Tuesday, which helped the Lyons defeat the Blue, 17-4. The junior from Brunswick, Maine, leads the Blue and White with 23 goals, which is one more than Charlotte De Santis, who’s recorded 22 strikes in seven contests.

Players To Watch: For Tufts, keep an eye on Horner, who’ll look to build off her weekend success. Yet, don’t overlook Caroline Ross or Eaton, who’ve combined for 35 goals in nine games.

For Wheaton, expect Mills to challenge the Jumbos defense, but don’t forget about Amy Moreira and Melanie Sharick. Moreira recorded five points (three goals, two assists) against Wellesley, while Sharick located the back of Wellesley’s cage on her only shot of the afternoon.

Quick History Note: Since 2007, Tufts is 6-0 against Wheaton. Yet, the Lyons, who first played the Jumbos in 1980, has earned two victories against their non-conference foe.

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