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Noontime 2012 Countdown: 10 Great Moments From Lacrosse Season

Tufts' men's lacrosse team enjoyed a very successful campaign this past year! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Tufts’ men’s lacrosse team enjoyed a very successful campaign this past year! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

One sport that I truly enjoyed covering this past year was lacrosse. And for those that haven’t experienced the “fastest sport on grass,” here are some of my favorite games and headlines from the past few months.

Tufts Claims Their Fourth Consecutive NESCAC Crown: The best word to describe this particular match would be “wild.” It was one of those back-and-fourth contests, which provided two extra sessions, as well as an exciting game-winning goal that lifted the Jumbos past Bowdoin College, 9-8.

Tufts Defeats Amherst, 15-5: This was certainly one of those “statement” wins, as the Jumbos men’s lacrosse team earned a lead, which they never relinquished, and went onto defeat the visiting Lord Jeffs of Amherst College, 15-5.

Curry Wins Frostbite Classic: This was the first lacrosse game we covered in the spring, but it certainly was an exciting contest to kick-start our coverage, as the Colonels netted four goals off 22 shots in the final two frames, and went onto defeat Mount Ida College, 8-5.

Northwestern Rallies Past Ohio State At Gillette Stadium: On a chilly March afternoon, correspondent Hayden Bird and myself were treated to an exciting match, which saw the Wildcats claw past the Buckeyes in overtime.

Endicott Storms By Curry: Against one of the more prolific teams in New England, Curry’s men’s lacrosse team battled the Gulls up to halftime. And despite a one-point differential at the break, the Gulls managed to score seven unanswered goals in the second half en route to their fifth win of the season.

Catholic Memorial Rallies Past Xaverian Brothers: Besides covering college lacrosse, we also covered high school, and behind a strong second half performance, the Knights of Catholic Memorial were able to rally past Xaverian Brothers, 10-6.

Newbert, Spence and Polk Each Record Hat Tricks For Dover-Sherborn: This was certainly a fascinating game, as three members of the Raiders each recorded a hat trick in a non-conference tilt against Cohasset.  

The Former Westwood Wolverine Notches Her 204th Point: Joan O’Neill, who was a member of Westwood High School’s girl’s lacrosse state championship squads in 2005 and 2008, recorded her 204th career point in a Bates College uniform against Tufts University in April.

Wheaton’s Colburn Matches Single-Season Record: Lyons senior Hailey Colburn finished the regular season with 112 points, which matched Therese Ross’ single-season record.

Wheaton Earns First ECAC Crown: They didn’t capture their conference crown, but managed to earn their first ECAC title, as the Wheaton women’s lacrosse team capped off their 2012 campaign with a 20-5 win against Smith College.

Mass College Lax Recap: Wheaton Claims First ECAC Crown, Defeats Smith, 20-5

By Matt Noonan

NORTON, MA – It didn’t take long for Wheaton College’s women’s lacrosse team to net their first strike of the afternoon, as freshman Melanie Sharick recorded her only goal of the contest on a free possession at 28:42 in the first half, which provided the Lyons with the lead for good.

Wheaton then registered nine additional tallies prior to halftime, which helped the Lyons go onto defeat Smith College, 20-5, and capture their first ECAC women’s lacrosse championship in school history.

“First off, it’s awesome that two NEWMAC teams were representing in this championship, says a lot for the [conference], and we knew that we had to come out and play Smith 100 percent like yesterday,” said senior Hailey Coburn, who turned in four goals, and dished out three assists.

Added Coburn, “We played Smith before and we won, 24-8, but I don’t think that’s a good indicator of the strength that they have [because] they’re a great team, and we just had to come out and play our game.”

Excluding Coburn, junior Amy Moreira, who was awarded the tournament’s most valuable player, tallied six goals and won four draw controls, while senior Sidney Ferguson, (two goals, one assist), sophomore Charlotte DeSantis, (two goals, one assist), and freshman Morgan Prudden,(two goals) each notched two strikes in the win.

Once the second half began, the Lyons padded their lead with a seven-goal run, which put the game out of reach.

Smith College managed to record the game’s two final goals, as senior Meaghan Fileti, (two goals, one assist) and freshman Jessica Lillquist, (two goals) each rocketed a shot past Wheaton’s backup netminder freshman Katy Ananian before the buzzer sounded.

Draw Controls Fueled Wheaton’s Offense: One of the main reasons why Wheaton was so successful on Sunday was because of their draw controls.

The Lyons finished the game with 12 wins at the face-off line, which propelled the offense to net 20 strikes.

“The draws [are] always the biggest part of the game,” said Moreira. “If you have the draw, you have the ball, and it’s just one of those things where I get pumped just hearing my teammates yelling my name on the side, on the circle, everywhere, and I’m doing it for them, really, in the end.”

“It honesty is the most important part of the game,” exclaimed Coburn. “Amy started taking the draw her freshman year for us, and she’s been a huge asset to the team in that respect, and so they’re lucky they still have her for another year.”

Going Out On Top: Sunday’s match against the Pioneers marked the end of a four-year journey for Coburn, who was very content with winning her final game in a Wheaton uniform.

“Not many teams get to end their season, let alone for me end their career on a win, so going into the future this is the game that I’m always going to remember,” stated the senior midfielder. “Winning it with this team, and winning it with coach [Emily Kiablick], it’s been an amazing experience, and to end it on a win is awesome, so I couldn’t be happier.”

Coburn concluded her Lyons career with 284 points, 199 goals and 85 assists.