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Wheaton Bests Field Hockey, 2-1, In Conference Clash

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Norton, Mass. - October 16, 2010 - Senior Margaux Bolte scored a pair of goals in leading the Wheaton College field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Springfield College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest on Homecoming Saturday at Faxon Field.

Snapping a two-game losing skid, the Lyons improved to 11-4 overall and 5-1 against NEWMAC competition, as the Blue and White currently sits in a tie for second in the league standings. Seeing its five-game winning streak come to an end, the Pride dropped to 7-6 and 3-2.

Bolte scored a goal in each half, with her first game-winner of the season coming with 14:35 remaining when she redirected a deflected pass from junior Tierney Richardson to beat Springfield junior goalkeeper Alison McCarthy.

Wheaton took its initial lead on Bolte's first tally 12:38 into the contest. She converted a direct feed from senior Jessica Strock off a penalty corner to give the Lyons a 1-0 edge. Wheaton held a 7-0 advantage in shots by that point.

Junior Lynne Donoghue nearly tied the score for the Pride less than five minutes later. Donoghue was awarded a penalty stroke that freshman goalkeeper Ellie Massengill deflected high and wide.

Massengill again preserved Wheaton's 1-0 lead when she made a sprawling save to thwart a breakaway from freshman Kelly Gallo with roughly five minutes remaining in the first stanza. The Lyons finished the half with a 16-5 edge in shots.

Gallo finally broke through 13:30 into the second frame, tallying following a breakaway down the left sideline to knot the score at one. Massengill spoiled another Gallo bid with less than 10 minutes to go after Wheaton regained the lead on Bolte's second goal.

Massengill made four stops in the victory, while McCarthy was credited with 13 saves, including 10 in the first half. The Lyons held a 25-10 advantage in shots and took 14 of the game's 24 penalty corners.

Springfield will next challenge Clark on Tuesday evening when it hosts the Cougars at 7:00 pm in the NEWMAC contest.

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