Wheaton Holds Off Eastern Conn. St., 12-11
Lyons defeat Warriors for first time since 1996
NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College sophomore Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) scored five goals and dished out four assists to lead the Lyons to a 12-11 non-conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday afternoon at Mirrione Stadium.
Hillman's nine point afternoon ties him for fifth all-time on the single-game scoring list with several other players. Hillman also tied his career-high single-game points total mark as he tallied nine points (five goals, four assists) against Regis College in a 20-3 win on April 5, 2012. Senior Sean Doherty (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) tallied two goals and handed out three helpers while freshman Alex Keiver (North Andover, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) added two goals, two assists, one ground ball and one caused turnover.
Junior Trevor Morrissette (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) paced the Warriors offense with four goals and two ground balls. Classmate Mike Jordan (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire), senior Kevin Fechtmann (Levittown, N.Y./Division Ave.) and freshman Michael Dellanno (Wakefield, Mass./Wakefield Memorial) all chipped in with two goals apiece.
Tied 9-9 with 13:58 remaining in the fourth quarter, senior Will Compton (Deering, N.H./Proctor Academy) gave the Lyons a one-goal advantage with his only marker of the contest on a beautiful feed from Doherty at 13:36. Hillman pushed Wheaton's advantage to 11-9 at the 7:19 mark finishing on a nice pass from Keiver.
Morrissette buried his fourth and final goal of the contest, unassisted, with 5:25 left on the scoreboard after a failed clear attempt from the Lyons. Hillman extended the gap back to two at the 1:31 mark sniping a shot into top right corner of the net for his team-leading 11th goal of the season.
Fechtmann narrowed the Warriors deficit back to 12-11 with seven ticks left on the clock on a shot from the right side of the cage. Wheaton lost the ensuing face-off but smothered any chance of a game-tying shot from the top of its defensive zone as a pair of Lyons' defenders closed out the Warriors shooting lane towards net.
Wheaton edged Eastern Connecticut State at the face-off X, 13-for-25, and won the ground balls matchup, 43-39. Defensively, the Warriors went 16-for-25 on clear attempts. Both teams scored three goals each on man-up opportunities.
Lyons' junior goalkeeper Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I./Trinity Pawling) turned aside eight shots. Senior goalkeeper Drew Deane (Vernon, Conn./Rockville) made a game-high ten saves.
Wheaton (1-4, 0-0 Pilgrim) hosts Salve Regina University on Wednesday, March 27 in non-conference action at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Connecticut State (1-5, 0-0 LEC) takes on the College at Florham on Monday, March 25 in Madison, N.J. at 4:00 p.m.