Norton, MA --- Wheaton freshman midfielder Darci Bruce (Walpole, MA) made "Senior Day" a memorable one for the class of 2013 on Saturday afternoon at Nordin Field against WPI as she delivered the game-winning goal with time expired in the first overtime session to lift the Lyons to a 2-1 triumph over the Engineers in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.
Prior to the game, seniors Ellie Massengill (Amherst, MA), Emily Chick (Bangor, ME) and Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, MA) were all honored for their contributions towards the field hockey program.
With time expired on the scoreboard in the first overtime period, Bruce redirected a shot taken by Chick into the lower left corner of the cage off of a penalty corner for her first-career game-winning marker. Freshman Kelsey Harris (Spencer, MA) was credited with an assist on the insert to Chick near the left side of the circle.
WPI sophomore Grace Davis (Sandwich, MA) forced the extra session with her second goal of the season at the 65:51 mark of the contest. Davis sent home a rebound directly in front of the cage after sophomore Amy Misera's (Hunt Valley, MD) initial attempt was thwarted by Massengill.
Both teams were held scoreless until the 51st minute as Chick pounced on a loose ball in front of the cage and slipped it past Engineers' sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Puishys (Oxford, MA) for her team-leading fourth goal of the season.
Wheaton outshot WPI, 19-9, in the game and held a 21-10 advantage in penalty corners. Massengill and Puishys matched each other with eight saves apice, while WPI starting goalkeeper Liz Dufresne (Worcester, MA) had two stops in 35 minutes of action.
Lyons' freshman back Holly Norberg (Walpole, MA) nearly potted the game-winner in the 74th minute, but her successful penalty stroke attempt was eventually waved off due to an illegal shooting motion.
Wheaton (5-11, 1-6 NEWMAC) returns to play on Tuesday, October 29 against Bridgewater State on the road at 7pm. WPI (6-9, 1-6 NEWMAC) travels to Fitchburg State on Wednesday for a non-conference matchup at 5 p.m. With the win, the Lyons inched closer to evening the all-time series (18-20-0) against WPI dating back to 1979.
Release Courtesy Wheaton Sports Information