Wheaton Tames Clark University In Pilgrim League Opener, 11-4
Hillman outscores Cougars with five goals
WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline), the reigning Pilgrim League Player of the Week, potted a team-high five goals to lead the Wheaton College men's lacrosse team to an 11-4 victory over Clark University in the Lyons conference opener on Saturday night at the Granger Turf Field.
Hillman tallied five markers on eight shots total (six on goal) and added two ground balls to guide the visitors offensively. Freshman Kyle Rumberger (Hyannis, Mass./Barnstable) found the back of the net twice while seniors Billy McNamara (Mansfield, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School), Sean Doherty (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) and Will Compton (Deering, N.H./Proctor Academy) and junior Cam Hanlon (Hanson, Mass./BC High) chipped in with one goal apiece.
Clark junior Jeffrey Wasson (Buckhorn, Ontario, Canada/The Holderness School) registered two goals and three ground balls. Freshman Jacob Maselek (Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead) and sophomore Keegan Callahan (Tewksbury, Mass./Austin Preparatory) rounded out the scoring for the Cougars with solo tallies.
Wheaton's offense started off strong in the first quarter as Rumberger and Hillman accounted for four goals, two each, to claim a 4-0 lead over the first 15 minutes of action. The Lyons shutout the Cougars for 26:11 before Wasson netted an unassisted tally at the 3:49 mark of the second quarter. During that span defensively, Wheaton compiled 14 ground balls, 12 clears, seven caused turnovers and two saves.
Ahead 5-1 at the break, the Lyons put the game away in the fourth quarter with three-straight goals to begin the period. Compton finished on a nice feed from sophomore Sean Finn (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) at the 13:22 mark and the defense went to work again holding Clark scoreless for the next nine minutes and five seconds. Wheaton rattled off back-to-back goals from Hanlon at 3:17 and McNamara with 2:36 on the scoreboard to put the clamps on any comeback bid from the Cougars.
The Lyons won the ground balls matchup, 36-33, and went 23-for-25 on clear attempts. Clark was 11-for-17 at the face-off X and outshot the Blue and White by a slim 27-26 margin.
Junior goalkeeper Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I./Trinity Pawling) made eight saves in the win for the Lyons. Classmate Kevin Ranta (Beverly, Mass./Beverly) stopped six shots.
Wheaton (3-4, 1-0 Pilgrim), winners of three-straight games, takes on Regis College in conference action on Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. Clark (5-3, 0-1 Pilgrim) hosts Massachusetts Maritime on Saturday for a Pilgrim League matchup at 7 p.m.