NORTON, Mass. – Behind a pair of goals from senior forward Kristina Ramsden, the Mount Holyoke College field hockey team held on for a 2-1 victory over Wheaton College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday. With the victory, the visiting Lyons of MHC improve to 8-6 and are now 3-3 in conference play, while the homestanding Lyons slip to 5-7 and 1-4 in the NEWMAC.
Both squads came within inches of scoring in the first half, but all attempts were denied with defensive saves from Lindsay Janeczek and Mount Holyoke's Mirjam Keochakian.
Sophomore Hannah Arkin tied the game just 2:31 minutes after Ramsden put Mount Holyoke on the board at 43:14, after slamming in a rebound from a goalie save on her own shot.
The visiting Lyons took a penalty corner in the 58th minute that resulted in a high lifted shot from Keochakian and a stick save by the crossbar for Wheaton keeper Greta Reilly. Ramsden stuffed the rebound just barely in past the left pipe for the game-winner just seconds later.
Morgan Karnes picked up the start between the pipes for Wheaton, holding Mount Holyoke scoreless with three saves. Reilly came in for 35 minutes of relief to collect 8 saves. Morgan Turner turned aside three saves in the complete, 70-minute game for the visitors. Keochakian led with a game-high 6 shots, while Arkin led the host Lyons with three.
Wheaton prepares to take on Babson as NEWMAC play continues on Tuesday at Nordin Field at 7:00 p.m., while Mount Holyoke will host Williams in a non-conference battle, also on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.