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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: 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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