NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Haley Howard had a game-high four goals and Coast Guard scored the final five goals of the game to overcome an 8-5 deficit and beat Wheaton 10-8 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game, the final game of the regular season and Senior Day at the Academy.
Coast Guard improves to 7-10 overall and 4-4 in the NEWMAC while Wheaton drops to 6-10 overall and 4-4 in conference action. The Coast Guard win sets up a rematch in the NEWMAC tournament quarterfinals as the fourth-seeded Bears will host fifth-seeded Wheaton.
Fifth-seeded Coast Guard beat fourth-seeded Wheaton 8-7 in the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC tournament last year, in the program's first NEWMAC tournament game.
Howard finished with four goals and one assist while Etta Davis and Mel Goins each scored two goals for the Bears.
Lilly Callahan led Wheaton with three goals while Molly Covarrubias and Casey Kaplan each added a pair of goals for Wheaton.
Coast Guard jumped out to a 3-0 in the first five minutes with goals by Howard, Goins and Carter Sanderson.
The Lyons would respond with three straight as Covarrubias, Emma Ford and Kaplan found the back of the net tying the game with 10:08 left in the opening half.
Davis and Howard scored to give the Bears a 5-3 lead with 8:41 left before goals by Callahan and Kaplan tied the game 5-5 going into the half.
Wheaton would also score the first three goals of the second half, two by Callahan as the Lyons took an 8-5 lead with 19:26 left.
Davis broke the drought for the Bears with 17:51 left and Goins' goal with 15:13 left cut the deficit to 8-7.
Howard tied the game with 7:32 left and gave Coast Guard the lead 9-8 with 5:01 left before Maddie Rizzuto added an insurance goal with 2:05 left.
Wheaton held a 38-28 edge in shots. Mary Budri had 15 saves to get the win in goal for the Bears.