Norton, Mass. - March 30, 2013 - Despite holding a 7-3 advantage with 16:20 left in regulation, the Springfield College women's lacrosse team lost to host Wheaton College, 11-7, on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.
The Lyons improved to 4-3, 2-0 in the NEWMAC, while Springfield lost for the fourth-consecutive game to even its record to 5-5, 0-2 in league action.
Sophomore Melanie Sharick and junior Charlotte De Santis tied for the game-high in goals with three apiece. Senior Amy Moreira added two markers and three draw controls. Junior Leila Mills added two tallies while freshman Mia Cambi registered one goal and two assists.
Springfield freshman Connie Nielsen and sophomore Michelle Dorsey potted two markers apiece. Juniors Kerstin Lindrooth, Emily Fowler and Kelly Gallo all chipped in with one goal.
The Pride jumped out to a 4-0 lead with just under 12 minutes left in the first half after Nielsen's second unassisted marker of the game. De Santis responded with the game's next two goals to make it a 4-2 contest 1:46 into the second half.
After the teams traded the next two goals, Dorsey and Gallo struck just 1:08 apart to make it a four-goal game as Springfield seemed in control.
However, Cambi sparked the offense as the freshman defender factored into three of the Lyons next four goals. Cambi ripped a feed from De Santis into the back of the net at 14:42 to cut into the deficit at 7-4 and Mills followed with an unassisted tally moments later at 14:09.
Cambi then orchestrated back-to-back markers to even the score at 7-7. Cambi, positioned behind the cage on both goals, led Sharick into a wide open scoring area on both occasions with two passes away from the defense for easy scores. Moreira gave Wheaton the lead for good at the 11:16 mark on a nice set up from freshman Brooke Sabol. Sharick pushed the advantage to 9-7 at 6:08, De Santis added an insurance goal at 3:23 and Moreira sealed the victory with the final tally of the game at 1:03.
Lyons’ sophomore goalkeeper Katy Ananian turned aside a game-high 11 shots and junior Anne Versprille made 10 saves for the Pride.
Wheaton won the draw controls matchup, 14-6, and owned an edge in ground balls (23-22) and clear attempts (15-for-18/13-for-17).