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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 Captures Third Conference Championship, Tops Babson, 8-5

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship tilt against Babson College:

NORTON, Mass. – First-seeded Wheaton College claimed its third New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Lacrosse Tournament championship in program history on Sunday afternoon at Nordin Field as the Lyons defeated Babson College, 8-5.

With the win, Wheaton (13-6, 7-0 NEWMAC) has earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament and now awaits its seeding fate on Sunday, May 4 when the NCAA Selection Show airs at 9:30 p.m. (EST). Babson, who made its eighth-straight appearance in the NEWMAC Championship game today, sees its season come to a close at 6-11 overall.

Wheaton sophomore attack Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) was named the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) of the NEWMAC Tournament as she compiled three goals, two assists, nine ground balls, 12 draw controls and three caused turnovers in two games played. 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.

The Lyons’ offense was led by Jenna Tewksbury (Concord, N.H./Concord) for the second-straight contest as the sophomore attack registered her second consecutive hat-trick of the NEWMAC Tournament alongside one assist and a ground ball.

Senior Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick), sophomores Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) and Madison Cohen (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) and freshman Angela Mallis (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) also added solo tallies in the victory. Sophomore Allie Bush (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) helped facilitate the offense with two helpers.

Babson received single markers from junior Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy), sophomore McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass./Winchester), freshman Francesca Giovanucci (Easton, Mass./Southfield School), senior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) and freshman Katie McKenna (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich). Sophomore Kayla Farina (Newton, Mass./Newton North) dished out two assists, while freshman Kiley Fischer (Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead) had one.

Wheaton junior goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) made two saves to push her record to 13-6 on the season (35th career victory, 2nd all-time). Babson senior Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) stopped six shots in the loss.

Both teams exchanged a pair of goals midway through the first half as the score became deadlocked at 2-2 following Sabol’s only marker of the contest with 8:45 remaining in the stanza.

Giovanucci gave the Beavers a 3-2 advantage with 6:36 to play finishing a nice feed from Farina, but Tewksbury and Cohen buried back-to-back free position attempts for the Lyons at 5:48 and 3:46, respectively, to take a 4-3 lead headed into the break.

In the second half, Tewksbury factored into two out of three of Wheaton’s goals to begin the final session as she rifled a feed from Sabol, who was positioned behind the right side of the cage, into the upper half of the net for her 28th marker of the season. Tewksbury then returned the favor at the 18:33 mark finding Mills in the slot for a 6-3 differential on the scoreboard.

Mallis capped the 5-0 run which spanned 19:14 from the 5:48 mark of the first half into the second stanza with a one-timer strike from Bush directly in front of the net (16:34).

McKenna cut into the deficit with 10:37 remaining with her eighth goal of the season, but Sharick and Bush connected for a goal with 3:23 on the clock to help seal the victory.

Secrist capped the scoring with 28-seconds to play on a free position attempt from the left wing.

Babson converted 18-of-24 clear attempts, collected 21 ground balls and went 2-for-3 on free position attempts. Wheaton was 17-for-24 in clears, scooped up 20 ground balls and won the draw controls matchup, 12-3.

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: Bush, Sabol Leads Wheaton Past Babson, 14-11

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

BABSON PARK, Mass. – Wheaton College sophomore Allie Bush (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) had four goals and two assists and classmate Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) scored three times and chipped in with three assists as the Lyons defeated Babson College, 14-11, in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women’s lacrosse action on Tuesday afternoon at MacDowell Field.

With its fourth consecutive victory, Wheaton is now 8-5 overall and in sole possession of first place in the NEWMAC at 4-0, while Babson drops to 4-8 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

Junior Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy), who notched her 100th career goal in the first half, tied her career-high with six goals and had two assists to lead the Beavers. Sophomore McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) added a pair of goals and freshman Katie McKenna (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) contributed a career-high four assists. Senior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) won a game-high five draw controls in the loss.

Sophomore Jenna Tewksbury (Concord, N.H./Concord) scored twice and had two assists for the Lyons. Senior Hayley Bright (Cumberland, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy) collected a game-high six ground balls, while classmate Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) led all student-athletes with four caused turnovers in the win.

Tucci gave the Green and White a 1-0 lead just 3:29 into the contest, but Wheaton responded with three goals in the span of 3:21 to grab a two-goal edge. Freshman Francesca Giovanucci (Easton, Mass./Southfield School)stopped the run, converting a feed from Secrist, but goals from Bush and Sabol around a free-position strike from Bright gave the Lyons a 6-2 lead with 13:55 left in the opening half.

After trading tallies, the Beavers ended the half with a four-goal run to pull even at halftime. Tucci started the spurt with a goal at the 7:53 mark and McKenna set up strikes by both Secrist and freshman Kiley Fischer (Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead) to cut the deficit to one. Secrist followed with her third goal of the stanza just 74 seconds before halftime to make it 7-7.

Both teams scored in the opening minute of the second half before the Lyons took control of the game with four-goal spurt. Sabol made it 9-8 with a free-position shot, and then fed Bush to make it a two-goal game with 25:10 remaining. Tewksbury notched her second goal of the day with 20:31 to go to give Wheaton a three-score edge, and Bush followed with the last of her four goals as the visitors pushed the lead to 12-8 with 16:51 left.

Babson got back within three on a goal by Beatty with 15:54 to go, but after nearly eight minutes without a tally by either team, Mills converted a feed from junior Kelsie Jenquine (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) to help Wheaton regain its four-goal lead. Secrist would tack on a pair of late markers for the Beavers, who were unable to get closer than three in the closing minutes.

Senior Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) finished with eight saves for the Green and White, while junior Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) stopped six shots for Wheaton.

The Lyons finished with a 27-24 edge in shots and forced 26 turnovers on the afternoon. The Beavers held a 14-9 advantage in draw controls.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as Babson travels to Smith, while Wheaton hosts MIT.

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