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Mass. College Lax: Williams Ends Wheaton’s Run, 9-6

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the women’s lacrosse game against Williams College:

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.  – The Wheaton College women’s lacrosse team saw its second half rally fall short as Williams College held on to defeat the Lyons, 9-6, in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Cole Field.

Wheaton senior co-captain Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) recorded three points on two goals and one helper, while sophomore Jenna Tewksbury (Concord, N.H./Concord) netted two tallies, both coming during the final seven minutes of the second half. Senior Hayley Bright (Cumberland, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy) and freshman Hannah Gasperoni (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) rounded out the scoring by netting one goal apiece.

Sophomore Alyssa Amos (Bennington, Vt./Mt. Anthony Union) led Williams with a hat-trick and classmate Bridget Malicki (Loudonville, N.Y./The Albany Academies) chipped in with two markers and one assist. Senior Ali Piltch (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Shipley School) turned away nine shots and improved to 14-4 overall between the pipes.

Wheaton junior goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) finished with 11 saves and concluded her third season with the Blue and White with a 14-7 overall record.

Amos initiated a 7-0 run for the Ephs at 29:43 in the opening session that spanned both halves. Wheaton halted the run with a transition marker by Bright at 24:42 in the second half, which was followed by back-to-back tallies from Mills and Gasperoni at 21:04 and 17:37.

Sophomore Allie Bush (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) set up her team’s second marker, while Mills located Gasperoni over the middle.

Amos completed her hat-trick roughly two minutes later when the Ephs had an extra attacker, but the Lyons answered with a free position tally from Tewksbury that brought Wheaton within four goals with 6:51 remaining.

Williams scored its final marker of the contest, a tally by freshman Jenna Chodos (Wilmington, DE/Tower Hill School), but the Lyons responded once again with back-to-back goals from Tewksbury and Mills, which were set up by sophomore Madison Cohen (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) and freshman Angela Mallis (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth).

Following Mallis’ final goal with 48-seconds remaining, sophomore Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) attempted to extend her team’s rally with a shot toward the nearside post that sailed wide and went out of play. Williams retained possession and dashed down field for its final clear to seal the win.

The Ephs outshot the Lyons, 26-19, and won 10-of-17 draw controls. Tewksbury, Bright and senior co-captain Devon Soucier (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic) each won two draws, while Mills claimed one.

Williams scooped up a game-high 25 ground balls and converted 15-of-17 clears. Wheaton collected 19 ground balls and went 13-for-15 on clear attempts.

Wheaton, which concludes its 2014 campaign at 14-7 overall, dips to 0-2 all-time against Williams. The last time both teams met, the Ephs claimed a 16-5 semifinal victory over the Lyons in the 2001 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament.

Williams (14-4) will continue NCAA Tournament play next Saturday, May 17 against Colby College.

Mass. College Lax: Emmanuel, Wheaton To Meet In First Round Of NCAA Tourney

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Emannuel College women’s lacrosse team will travel to Wheaton College on Wednesday, May 7 for a first round NCAA Division 3 Tournament matchup, which is slated for a 7 p.m. start. The winner will advance to Saturday’s second round contest against Williams College, a match that’s slated for a 1 p.m. opening draw.

Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about the Lyons’ NCAA Tournament appearance:

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women’s lacrosse team will play Emmanuel College for the first time in program history on Wednesday, May 7 on Nordin Field as the Lyons will clash with the Saints in the first round of the NCAA Division Tournament under the lights at 7 p.m.

WHEATON (13-6) – The Lyons enter the tournament on a four-game winning streak having outscored opponents 48-26 during that span. Wheaton earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament after defeating MIT, 15-5, in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Semifinals and Babson College, 8-5, in the title game. The Blue and White currently rank first in the conference in ground balls (362) and caused turnovers (189), second in assists (93), third in goals against average (9.16) and fourth in goals (188) and save percentage (42.0).

Sophomore Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr and Burton Academy), who earned NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors last weekend, leads the squad in points with 74 on 50 goals and 24 assists alongside 45 ground balls, 36 draw controls and 21 caused turnovers. Classmate Allie Bush (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) is second on the team with 50 points (19g, 31a), while senior Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) is third (33g, 8a, 41p), sophomore Jenna Tewksbury (Concord, N.H./Concord) is fourth (28g, 10a, 38p) and junior Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) rounds out the top-5 point scorers (20g, 1 a, 21p).

Defensively, NEWMAC All-Conference first team selection Devon Soucier (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic) has anchored the Lyons all season. Soucier ranks first on the team in draw controls with 65 total in addition to 42 ground balls, 26 caused turnovers, two goals and one assist. Soucier will enter tournament play ranked second all-time in draw controls (165), third in caused turnovers (122) and ninth in ground balls (167) in program history.

Classmate Haley Bright (Cumberland, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy) has collected 28 ground balls, four draw controls and caused 12 turnovers, while junior Anna Viragh (Columbus, Ohio/Wellington School) has compiled 30 ground balls, three draws and 14 caused turnovers and sophomore Mia Cambi (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) leads the squad in caused turnovers with 27 alongside 29 ground balls and three draws. Junior goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) is 13-6 overall between the pipes with a 9.16 goals against average (GAA), 126 saves and a .420 save percentage.

Bright, Mills and Sabol were named to the NEWMAC All-Conference second team along with Soucier’s first team selection last week. Head coach Emily Kiablick also earned NEWMAC Coach of the Year honors for the second time in her career.

EMMANUEL (15-2) – The Saints enter the NCAA Tournament on an 11-game winning streak having scored double-digit goals in every game but one during that span. Emmanuel scored a season-high 20 goals in its Great Northeast Atlantic Conference (GNAC) Tournament quarterfinal matchup against Saint Joseph’s (Conn.) en route to its first-ever conference championship with a 17-7 victory over Saint Joseph’s (Me.). Wednesday’s tilt with Wheaton will mark the Saints first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Emmanuel leads the GNAC in goals (246), assists (116), draw controls, GAA (7.64) and save percentage (50.2). Saints’ sophomore Kristen Tuleja (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) ranks second in the conference in points with 92 on 61 goals and 31 assists. Junior Sarah Wootten (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) is second on the club with 58 points (30g, 28a), while sophomore Sarah Higgins (Groveland, Mass./Pentucket Regional) is third with 53 points (44g, 9a). In goal, sophomore Lauren White (Lynnfield, Mass./Lynnfield) is 15-2 on the year with a 7.64 GAA, 134 saves and a .502 save percentage.

The Saints had five student-athletes claim All-GNAC honors including Tuleja and Higgins who were both named to the first team. Wootten, White and Emily Baker (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) were all named to the second team. Emmanuel head coach Liz Goddard also received GNAC Coach of the Year accolades.

LOOKING AHEAD – The winner of Wheaton/Emmauel will play Williams College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Williams on Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. The Ephs earned an at-large bid into the tournament with their 13-4 record on the season. Williams is 7-5 all-time in the tournament and finished second in both 1998 and 2000.

 

Mass. College Lax: Wheaton’s Kiablick, Soucier Highlights NEWMAC WLAX All-Conference Honors

By NoontmeSports.com 

The Wheaton College women’s lacrosse team received some exciting news today as head coach Emily Kiablick was selected as the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year, while senior co-capatin Devon Soucier was selected to the NEWMAC All-Conference first team. For more on these exciting achievements, here’s this afternoon’s release courtesy of the Wheaton sports information department:

NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College women’s lacrosse senior Devon Soucier (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic) was named to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference first team and head coach Emily Kiablick was selected as the NEWMAC Coach of the Year to highlight the list of honorees for the Lyons.

Kiablick claims her second career NEWMAC Coach of the Year award after guiding Wheaton to its second-straight undefeated regular season title (14-0) and first conference championship since 2004, third overall. In six seasons at the helm of the program, Kiablick has compiled a 56-52 overall record and a 24-13 mark in conference play. The Lyons have also qualified for the NEWMAC Tournament in every season Kiablick has coached and captured the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship in 2012.

With her third career selection to the All-Conference first team, Soucier becomes just the sixth student-athlete in program history to earn three All-Conference selections joining Lauren Maynes ’04Vanessa Pisano ’05,A.J. Vasiliou ’05Meredith Hurt ’08 and Hailey Colburn ’12 on the list. Maynes, Pisano and Vasiliou are the only student-athletes in program history to claim four-career All-Conference accolades.

Soucier will enter the NCAA Tournament later this May ranked second all-time in draw controls (165), third in caused turnovers (122) and ninth in ground balls (167). Among all NEWMAC student-athletes this season, Soucier ranks third in caused turnovers (26), fourth in draw controls (65) and fifth in ground balls (42).

Seniors Hayley Bright (Cumberland, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy) and Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) and sophomore Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) round out the list of award winners for Wheaton as the trio was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference second team.

Bright was a key component to the Lyons’ success on the defense this season as the senior collected 28 ground balls, caused 12 turnovers and won four draw controls in addition to scoring five goals on six shots on offense. In her career, Bright has played in 71 games, amassed ten goals and eight assists for 18 points, scooped up 71 ground balls, caused 35 turnovers and registered 26 draw controls.

Mills picks up her second-career NEWMAC All-Conference selection after earning Player of the Year honors and a first team nod last season. In 2014, Mills tallied 33 goals and eight assists for 41 points to finish 12th, 21st and 18th in the NEWMAC, respectively.

Sabol, the 2014 NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, ranked in the top-10 in several offensive and defensive categories this past season to claim her first-career NEWMAC All-Conference selection. Offensively, Sabol ranked third in points (74) and assists (24) and seventh in goals (50), while she also ranked third in ground balls (45), seventh in caused turnovers (21) and 14th in draw controls (36) on the defensive end.

In two games played in the NEWMAC Tournament, Sabol notched three goals, two assists, nine ground balls, 12 draw controls and three caused turnovers. In the championship game alone, Sabol netted one goal, dished out two assists, scooped up four ground balls, won nine draw controls – including seven-straight to begin the contest – and caused two turnovers.

Wheaton (13-6, 7-0 NEWMAC), who has has earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament, now awaits its seeding fate on Sunday, May 4 when the NCAA Selection Show airs at 9:30 p.m. (EST). The Lyons will enter the NCAA Tournament one victory shy of tying the second highest wins total in a single season set in 2012 (14-6).

Mass. College Lax: Wheaton Tops Smith, Earns No. 1 Seed In NEWMAC Tournament

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the women’s lacrosse contest against Smith College:

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women’s lacrosse team concluded its 2014 regular season slate with a 14-7 win over Smith College on Saturday afternoon in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.

Wheaton senior co-captain Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) led all scorers with four goals, while sophomore Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) recorded four points on three helpers and one marker. Freshmen Angela Mallis (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) registered a career-best two tallies and classmate Hannah Gasperoni (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) tied her career-high with two goals as well.

Sophomore Katherine Kowal (Ossining, N.Y./Choate Rosemary Hall) potted her first goal of the season at the 18:46 mark of the first half and freshman Giovanna Bishop (Portland, Ore./Grant) tallied her first collegiate strike at 18:22 in the second half, while senior Anya Sokolova (Andover, Mass./Austin Prep), junior Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) and sophomore Ava Myette (Brattleboro, Vt./Brattleboro) each finished with one tally to account for the Lyons’ scoring.  

Smith junior Jessica Lillquist (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) and sophomore Rachel Silveria (Dunstable, Mass./Groton-Dunstable) both recorded hat tricks and senior goalkeeper Merrick Kallfelz (North Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) finished with 13 saves.

Wheaton junior goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) turned away four shots to pick up her 11th win between the pipes.

The Lyons collected a game-high 15 ground balls and outshot the Pioneers, 35-15. Smith converted 19 of 22 clear attempts, while Wheaton finished 15 of 17. The Lyons captured 17 of 23 draw controls, highlighted by senior co-captain Devon Soucier (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic), who matched a season-best with eight draws. Both teams scored free positions goals as Wheaton finished with four and Smith netted two.

Wheaton jumped out to a 3-1 lead before Lillquist brought Smith within one tally at 15:19 in the opening session. Sokolova responded with her only marker at 14:48, which initiated another 3-1 run to provide the Lyons with a 6-3 lead at the break.

Mills padded the visitor’s lead with back-to-back unassisted strikes at 25:49 and 23:18, respectively, which pushed Wheaton ahead for good. Smith did attempt to rally late in the second half with three consecutive goals, but the Lyons responded with back-to-back tallies by Myette and Gasperoni to seal the win.

Wheaton (11-6, 7-0 NEWMAC) awaits its opponent in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament as the Lyons have earned an automatic bye into the semifinal round as the No. 1 seed headed into the playoffs. Smith’s season comes to a close at 2-14 overall and 0-7 in NEWMAC play.

Mass. College Lax: Sabol, Sharick Lead Wheaton Past Wellesley, 16-8

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the women’s lacrosse contest against Wellesley College:

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women’s lacrosse team picked up its second New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory of the season this afternoon as the Lyons defeated Wellesley College, 16-8, at Nordin Field.

Wheaton junior Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) and sophomore Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) combined for eight goals and three assists. Both student-athletes finished with four goals, respectively. Senior co-captain Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) recorded a hat trick, while dishing out one assist. Mills has scored at least three goals in four games this season.

Sophomores Allie Bush (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) and Madison Cohen (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) combined for three goals and three assists. Senior Hayley Bright (Cumberland, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy) and freshman Hannah Gasperoni (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) each found the back of the net once as well.

Wellesley junior Claire Canty (East Rockway, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) paced the Blue with four points (three goals, one assist), while Chelsey Hooker (Cypress, Texas/CyFair) finished with two tallies.

Wheaton junior goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) stopped two shots and picked up her fifth win between the pipes. Ananian’s second save marked her 300th of her career. Ananian is now eighth all-time in program history, moving past Marya Payeur, who recorded 280 saves between 1992-94.

Wellesley freshman Wendy Nettleton (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla) turned away 12 of 28 shots.

The Lyons finished with 26 ground balls and 36 shots, while the Blue scooped 14 ground balls and registered 17 shots. Wheaton converted 18 of 22 clears, while Wellesley was 16 of 19. The Lyons won 17 draw controls, highlighted by senior co-captain Devon Soucier (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic), who recorded a season-high eight.

The Blue won nine draws and netted one of four free position attempts. Wheaton recorded four goals on eight free position attempts.

Wheaton jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to back-to-back tallies from Bush and Millis, along with one of two free position strikes by Sabol. Wellesley halted the run with a tally from Hooker, who fired home a pass from Canty in the middle of the Lyons’ zone. Canty netted her second goal roughly two minutes later when she bounced the ball through the middle of her opponent’s zone at 13:24.

Sharick and Mills recorded markers at 13:02 and 10:01, which pushed Wheaton ahead by three, but Hooker trimmed the deficit by rifling a shot over the middle, following a pass from senior co-captain Brit Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass./Pingree School).

Wheaton answered by netting three of the next four goals to secure an 8-4 lead at the break. The Lyons and Blue traded goals throughout the opening minutes of the second stanza, but it was Sharick’s free position strike at 23:19 that sparked the Lyons to go on a 6-2 run to seal the win.

Wheaton (5-5, 2-0 NEWMAC) and Wellesley (3-6, 1-1 NEWMAC) both return to action next week as the Lyons travel to Gordon College on Wednesday, April 3 for a 7 p.m. start and the Blue travel to Eastern Connecticut State on Tuesday, April 2 for a 4:30 p.m. opening draw.

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