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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: 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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Mass. College Lax: Wheaton Rallies To Beat Drew, 11-10

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College sophomore Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) netted the game-winning marker with 4:31 remaining in the contest to help the Lyons defeat Drew University, 11-10, in non-conference action at Keefe Field.

Wheaton used a balanced offensive attack as Sharick, junior Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) and freshman Allie Bush (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) all scored two goals, respectively. Junior Charlotte De Santis (Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy), seniors Amy Moreira (Bristol, R.I./Mount Hope) and Kristen Palmer (East Dorset, Vt./Burr and Burton Academy) and freshman Jenna Tewksbury (Concord, N.H./Concord) chipped in with one tally apiece.

Drew sophomores Nikki Kleiman (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) and Krysta Cento (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) both registered three markers to lead the Rangers. Junior Brooke Gagliano (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) potted two scores while classmate Alexandra Mattiace (Montville, N.J./Montville Township) and senior Devon Affleck (Abington, Pa./Abington) found the back of the net once.

Trailing 10-8 with 12:44 left to play in the second half, the Lyons clamped down defensively to secure its second-straight one-goal victory and fourth win this season by two goals or less. Wheaton scooped up two ground balls, sophomore goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) made two saves and the Lyons converted five clear attempts.

Offensively, Tewksbury jumpstarted a 3-0 run for the Blue and White with her only marker of the game at 9:54. Wheaton took hold of the momentum swing one minute and 33-seconds later as Sharick ripped a shot into the net to even the score at 10-10. Mills set up the game-winning tally nearly four minutes later (4:31) feeding Sharick in the middle of the scoring area for the Lyons first lead since the 10:10 mark of the first half.

Drew University erased a 6-3 deficit in the opening stanza as Kleiman buried back-to-back goals at 3:59 (free position) and 1:31 while Gagliano capped the scoring with 34-seconds left on the scoreboard.

Rangers’ junior goalkeeper CC Carlini (Amherst, N.H./Bishop Guertin) turned away eight shots. Ananian finished the contest with a game-high nine saves. In the past five-straight games, Ananian has recorded five saves or more.

The Lyons went 19-for-23 in clear attempts and won the ground balls matchup, 19-17. Drew outshot the hosts, 25-23, and also edged Wheaton in draw controls by a 12-11 margin.

Wheaton (8-5, 5-0 NEWMAC) hosts Babson College for a conference clash on Tuesday, April 16 at 4 p.m. Drew (5-8) takes on Merchant Marine on Wednesday, April 17 at 4 p.m.