Wheelock Downs Daniel Webster for First-Ever Win

BOSTON, MA - Five players netted at least three goals, sending the first-year Wheelock team to the initial victory in program history, 23-13, over Daniel Webster on Saturday at Winsor Field. The Wildcats improved to 1-10 while also giving Elizabeth Sullivan her first triumph as a college head coach. The Eagles are now 0-8.

Junior Kylie Hefford (Exeter, NH/St. Thomas Aquinas) posted five goals for Wheelock, while classmate Karlye Kennedy (Byfield, MA/Triton Regional) notched not only four goals and an assist, but also eight ground balls and five draw controls.

Freshman Christina Cubera (Baltimore, MD/The Park School of Baltimore) tacked on four markers, while sophomore Taylor Rogers (Essex, MA/Manchester Essex Regional) and freshman Jenna Ghoman (Danvers, MA/Danvers) each provided a hat trick. Sophomore Alexandra Perry (Malden, MA/Malden) collected six saves. Wheelock turned in an 8 of 13 showing on free-position tries.

Senior Stephanie Zeman (Jefferson Township, NJ/Jefferson Township) made an impact all over the field for Daniel Webster, recording eight goals, an assist, six draw controls, five ground balls and four caused turnovers. Sophomore Samantha Cotoni (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable) provided four goals, 10 draw controls and four ground balls, while freshman Christina McHugh (Taunton, MA/Bristol County Agricultural) made nine stops.

Zeman got the Eagles on the board after just 31 seconds before Ghoman tallied twice to key a 4-0 run and put the Wildcats in front for good. The teams totaled four markers during one 1:19 stretch, as Ghoman's goal at 16:28 of the opening stanza was met by Zeman bringing her team within 4-2 at 16:15 before Kennedy and Cubera scored off free-position shots at 15:54 and 15:09, respectively. By 3:50, Wheelock completed a 9-1 run, during which time Hefford and Rogers both scored three goals apiece, staking the hosts to a 13-3 lead.

Before the end of the half, Zeman scored twice and Cotoni once during a three-goal Daniel Webster spurt, creating a 13-6 margin by 1:11, but Hefford found the back of the net with 10 seconds remaining, and Wheelock never again led by fewer than seven goals.

Wheelock makes up a previously postponed game at Pine Manor College on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

2011-04-23



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