PROVIDENCE, RI – A first-half scoring spurt propelled Wheaton College past the Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse team on Tuesday. The Lyons defeated the Wildcats, 23-13.
Johnson & Wales: 0-2
Dani Lydecker (JWU): 4 goals, 3 assists
Marley Medina (JWU): 3 goals, 5 assists, 7 ground balls
Molly Covarrubias (WC): 4 goals, 7 assists
Kyra Schwartzman (WC): 9 goals
Dani Lydecker scored her first goal of the season at the 23:01 point of the first half to tie the game, 3-3. She would score again at the 5:44 mark, but in between the Lyons tallied five unanswered goals to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Molly Covarrubias' fourth goal of the game capped a 3-0 Wheaton run to start the second half. She recorded 11 points with four goals and seven assists.
The Wildcats worked their way back into the game by outscoring the Lyons, 5-1, over a 10-minute stretch to cut the lead to 16-11.
Four different Wildcats scored during that stretch, including rookie Kayla Datys with her first collegiate goal.
Unfortunately, the Lyons tacked on five unanswered goals to seal the victory.
Wheaton had a 49-27 advantage in shots and forced the Wildcats into 28 turnovers.
The majority of the Lyons' offense came from Covarrubias and Kyra Schwartzman. Schwartzman led all players with nine goals
The Wildcats are home Saturday to face MIT at 1 p.m.