Balanced Scoring Leads Wheaton Past MIT
Hillman, McNamara facilitate offense for Lyons
BOSTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team used a balanced effort to defeat MIT, 7-4, in Pilgrim League play on Wednesday night at Sweeney Field on the campus of Wentworth Institute of Technology.
The Lyons received goals from five different players including a game-high three tallies from sophomore Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline). Senior Billy McNamara (Mansfield, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) orchestrated the offense with three assists and one score of his own. Freshmen Kyle Rumberger (Hyannis, Mass./Barnstable), Alex Keiver (North Andover, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) and senior Ian Casey (Medway, Mass./Buckingham Browne & Nichols) contributed one goal apiece.
MIT sophomore Chris Cook (Tully, N.Y./Tully) potted two markers and dished out one assist while freshman Graham Francis (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes) and sophomore Jake Slonaker (West Winsoder, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro North) rounded out the scoring.
McNamara set up Hillman for Wheaton's first tally with 5:18 remaining in the opening quarter for a 1-0 lead. McNamara found the back of the net 3:22 later finishing on a feed from junior goalkeeper Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I./Trinity Pawling) for his 19th goal of the season.
In the second quarter, Keiver gave the Lyons a 3-0 advantage with his ninth marker of the year on a nice pass from McNamara at 11:44. Francis broke up the shutout with 9:40 left to play on an unassisted tally. Hillman responded for Wheaton with a man-up goal at 3:24 to close out the half and bring a 4-1 margin into the visitor's locker room.
Rumberger and Casey put the game away in the third as the duo scored their goals 11:21 apart from one another. The Engineers offense was also held at bay during the scoring drought between both of Wheaton's markers as Bramhall recorded four saves on five shots.
MIT outscored the Lyons, 3-1, in the fourth quarter with two of its goals coming with six minutes left to play in the game. Slonaker buried a shot at 10:44 while Cook scored at 5:29 and 1:32 in the quarter.
Bramhall made a game-high 14 saves to push his record to 6-7 overall on the season. Senior goalkeeper Christopher Rullan (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) stopped eight shots.
Wheaton outshot MIT by a slim 27-26 margin, and went 1-for-3 on extra-man opportunities. The Engineers won the ground balls matchup, 32-27, went 9-for-15 at the face-off X and 23-for-26 in clear attempts.
Wheaton (6-7, 3-2 Pilgrim) hosts Mass. Maritime on "Senior Day" on Saturday, April 27 for a Pilgrim League contest at 1 p.m. MIT (3-9, 1-4 Pilgrim) travels to Clark University on Saturday for a conference matchup at 1 p.m.