NORTON, Mass. - Senior captain Kirsten Kilburn netted a game-best five goals, but the Mount Holyoke College lacrosse team could not hold off Wheaton College, falling by a 13-5 margin in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest on Wednesday evening.
With the win, the Lyons of Wheaton improve to 7-4 overall and remain perfect in conference play with a 3-0 mark. The Lyons of MHC slip to 4-5 and 1-2 in the NEWMAC.
Mount Holyoke opened the game's scoring as Kilburn scored on the free position at the 24:30 mark. The advantage was short-lived as Wheaton fired off four straight, including a pair from Katie Peters and three assists from Allie Bush, to grab the 4-1 lead.
Kilburn cut the deficit to one (4-3), notching back-to-back scores, including an unassisted tally with 5:51 to go in the opening half, but Wheaton answered. Three straight goals over the final 3:46 by Brooke Sabol made it a 7-3 lead for the home team.
In the second half, Wheaton grabbed a quick goal, but Kilburn once again responded for MHC. With an unassisted taly and a score assisted by junior captain Catherine Ryan, the visitors pulled to within 8-5 with 12:10 to go.
Wheaton would go on a 5-0 run to close out the scoring, including a pair of goals from Jenna Tewksbury and Melanie Sharick, along with three more assists from Bush. She finished with a game-best eight helpers in the contest.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Wheaton hosts Babson at 1pm, while MHC takes on Springfield at home at 12pm.