Whynot Nets Six, Wheaton Holds on to Top Mount Holyoke

NORTON, MA - Freshman Brittany Whynot (Fountain Hills, AZ/Fountain Hills) scored a season-high six times, and the Wheaton College women's lacrosse team held off a late charge from Mount Holyoke College during a 16-14 victory in each team's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener on Saturday at Keefe Field.

The Blue and White improved to 4-1 on the year, having extended its series winning streak to 14 while winning its first four home games for the first time since 2005. The visitors slipped to 3-4.

Wheaton tallied just 26 seconds after the opening draw when freshman Hailey Colburn (Concord, NH/Concord) notched her first collegiate marker, but the teams played to three quick ties from there, with Mount Holyoke using a 3-0 run to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 edge with 7:29 left in the opening half. Whynot scored twice late to again knot the game, and senior Abbie Sherwin's (Rye, NY/Portsmouth) marker with 1:09 to go sent the Lyons into the intermission with a 6-5 lead.

Mount Holyoke junior Peggy Wefald (Granger, IN/Penn) forged the game's fifth tie just 41 ticks into the second stanza, but sophomore Tess Meyer (Concord, NH/Concord) put Wheaton on top for good 48 seconds later. Following that deadlock, the Lyons used an 8-2 run to go ahead 14-8 with 10:45 remaining in regulation, as Whynot tallied the final two goals during a 1:07 span, recording one marker after being stopped point-blank, picking up the rebound and scoring.

The visitors slowly closed the gap, as Wefald and senior Ava Gottschall (Amherst, MA/Amherst Regional) tallied 21 seconds apart to make it 14-10 at 9:18. After Whynot converted her sixth marker, Gottschall turned in a natural hat trick in 3:43, and a Wefald goal with 26 seconds left brought Mount Holyoke within 15-14. However, Wheaton junior Chrissy Norberg (Winchester, MA/Northfield Mount Hermon School) controlled the ensuing draw, and classmate Brittany King (Georgetown, MA/Proctor Academy) iced the win thanks to a late marker.

Whynot's offensive explosion came on just eight shots, while King turned in her first four goals of the year and tacked on an assist. Meyer tallied twice, and senior Bridget Thornton (Southington, CT/Cheshire Academy) scored once and provided four assists to come within one helper of a nine-year-old school record. Sophomore Marianna Marcellino (Milton, MA/Thayer Academy) made 11 saves, including eight in the first half.

Gottschall and Wefald each totaled five goals for Mount Holyoke, while sophomore Clara Raugei (Alpharetta, GA/Wesleyan School) scored twice. Classmate Melissa Hartley (Berthoud, CO/Fountain Valley School) turned aside eight shots between the pipes.

Wheaton hits the road tomorrow for a non-league contest at Wesleyan University at 1:00 p.m.

2009-03-28



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