NORTON, Mass. - Coast Guard overcame a four goal deficit to top Wheaton 8-7 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEMWAC) quarterfinal Wednesday evening.
With the win, the Bears improve to 12-6 while the Lyons finish the season 8-10.
Freshman Haley Howard led all players with the games only hat-trick, while also collecting three groundballs and causing two turners in the win. Coast Guard also received goals from freshmen Brenna Farrington (2), Luisa Santos, Marietta Davis, and Haley McCue.
Wheaton was led by two-goal performances from senior Katie Peters and sophomore Molly Covarrubias. Kennelly Allerton, Lilly Callahan, and Kyra Schwartzman also found the back of the next for the Lyons.
Wheaton jumped out to a first half lead as Callahan started the scoring two minutes into the contest with a goal just 1:40 into the game.
Peters followed with a successful free position shot less than a minute later, which was followed by a man-up goal from Covarrubias. Emma Ford made it a 4-0 game for the Lyons with a pass to Schwartzman who fired it home with 25:14 remaining in the first half.
Coast Guard recovered from the early flurry as McCue stopped the run by putting the Bears on the board with 9:32 remaining in the half making the score 4-1.
Afteran Allerton free position shot a minute later, Coast Guard was able to find space in the final moments of the half with Santos and Howard cutting the deficit to 5-3 at the intermission.
Davis carried the momentum into the second half for the Bears, opening the new period with a goal from McKenna just under two minutes into the period.
Covarrubias and Peters responded for the Lyons with back-to-back goals, pushing the Wheaton advantage back to three (7-4) with 18:33 left in the game.
The Coast Guard continued to pressure and find space in the Wheaton defense, which resulted in consecutive goals from Farrington, pulling the Bears within a goal (7-6) with 10:52 on the clock.
The Bears than took advantage of a man-up opportunity as McCue hit Howard with a pass at the 8:56 mark knotting the contest at 7-7.
Coast Guard's game-winner came just a minute later with another Howard goal. Both sides traded shots over the final seven minutes of action but the Bears defense held giving Coast Guard their first NEWMAC Tournament win.
Freshman Mary Budri (4-4) played all 60 minutes making seven saves and allowed seven goal in the win.
Senior Molly Witten (7-7) made a game high 13 saves allowing eight goals in the losing effort.
The Bears head into Championship weekend as they travel to Babson to take on the Beavers