THE MATCHUP: Mount Holyoke resumes its home slate versus Wheaton College Saturday afternoon (1:00 p.m.) at the Turf Field. In 30 previous meetings between the longtime rivals, Wheaton owns a 20-9 advantage. They have finished in a deadlock once. Last fall, Wheaton held on for a 3-2 victory in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener for both sides. After falling behind 3-0, Mount Holyoke made things interesting with a pair of late tallies before time ran out on its comeback bid. Match Program
THE MOUNT HOLYOKE LYONS: Mount Holyoke (4-3, 1-1 NEWMAC) exploded out of the gate, winning four of its first five matches. The Lyons have since suffered heartbreaking setbacks at both Wellesley College (2-1) and Amherst College (1-0). Led by goalkeeper Katie Gibson, their stingy defense has surrendered just six goals this season. The junior has posted a goals against average of 0.84 and a save percentage of .846 in 499 minutes played. With her four shutouts this year, she now has 11 in her career. On the offensive end, forward Shara Robertson has amassed 16 points on seven goals and two assists. She was named NEWMAC Player of the Week on September 20. Robertson has recorded two of her four career hat tricks over Mount Holyoke's first seven contests this fall. The Lyons have also received solid production from forward Jess Fajardo and defender Tricia Chase, who have collected two goals and two assists apiece. Meanwhile, midfielder Taylor Hedges has dished out a team best three assists..
THE WHEATON LYONS: Wheaton (8-2, 2-0 NEWMAC) has sprinted to six straight wins after splitting its first four contests of the year. Using a high powered offense, the Lyons have outscored their opponents 55-25. In league play, they have defeated both WPI (5-3) and Clark University (5-4). Forward Jessica Strock has set the tone with her 13 goals and four assists. The reigning NEWMAC Player of the week has recorded a pair of match winners. Wheaton has also received solid production from forward Aliza Underhill, who has delivered seven goals and three helpers. Fellow frontliners Jenna Rocha and Emily Chick have chipped in with six goals apiece. Meanwhile, midfielder Margaux Bolte has distributed a squad best seven assists. Ellie Massengill has been the Lyons featured goalkeeper. In 493 minutes played, she has amassed a goals against average of 2.41 and a save percentage of .646. Alex Smith has also seen time between the pipes for Wheaton.
NEXT UP: Both squads will return to action on Tuesday. Mount Holyoke will host Nichols College at 7:00 p.m., while Wheaton will visit Wellesley College at 4:00 p.m.