Grant's Goal Sends Wheaton by Pilgrims in Kiablick's Debut

NORTON, MA - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team erased a four-goal deficit before senior Caitlin Grant (Walpole, MA/Walpole) snapped a 45th-minute tie with her fifth marker of the contest, sending the Lyons to a 16-14 victory over New England College on Saturday at Keefe Field in Emily Kiablick's first contest as Wheaton's head coach. It was the season opener for each squad, which met for the first time.

The Lyons forged a 2-0 lead just 3:25 into action and, after the Pilgrims tied the contest by 8:16, Grant and junior Chrissy Norberg (Winchester, MA/Northfield Mount Hermon School) scored 1:09 apart to make it 4-2 at 11:39. The visitors took over from there, netting six straight markers in a matter of 8:56 behind a hat trick from senior Emily Tanguay (Manchester, NH/West) to grab an 8-4 advantage.

Late in the period, freshmen Katie Powers (Ashburnham, MA/Cushing Academy) and Brittany Whynot (Fountain Hills, AZ/Fountain Hills) scored 19 seconds apart before a Norberg marker at 27:05 cut Wheaton's deficit to 8-7 by halftime.

After a Grant tally knotted the contest 3:12 into the second stanza, senior Casey McFarland (Webster, NH/Merrimack Valley) gave New England College its final lead of the game at 9-8. Three Wheaton goals in a 1:26 stretch put the hosts ahead, 11-9 before senior Jodie Dresser (Keene, NH/Keene) eventually made it 12-all at the 44:05 mark. However, Grant found the back of the net for the winner just 11 seconds later.

Grant paced the Lyons with her five goals and one assist, while senior Bridget Thornton (Southington, CT/Cheshire Academy) matched her career high with four markers while adding a helper. After missing all of her sophomore year due to injury, Norberg recorded a hat trick, turning in her first three collegiate markers. Whynot scored twice, and sophomore Marianna Marcellino (Milton, MA/Thayer Academy) had 15 saves.

Tanguay and senior Brandi Vittum (Woodstock, VT/Woodstock Union) each netted four goals for the Pilgrims, while Dresser was one of two players with a pair of markers.

Wheaton continues a second-opening three-game homestand by hosting local foe Bridgewater State College on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.


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