Strong First Half Leads Men’s Lacrosse Past UNE, 8-5
Lyons snap 3-game losing skid vs. UNE, first 2-0 start since 2004
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team used a balanced scoring effort to take down the University of New England (UNE) for the first time since 2010 by a score of 8-5 on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action at Nordin Field.
Junior Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) and freshmen Will Morrison (Osterville, Mass./Salisbury School) and Ryan Gjerset (Austin, Texas/St. Michael's Catholic Academy) all scored a pair of goals to lead the Lyons' offense. Sophomore Kyle Rumberger (Hyannis, Mass./Barnstable) and senior Cam Hanlon (Hanson, Mass./BC High) each added one goal to the final tally.
Freshman midfielder Eric Jansen (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) orchestrated the attack with two assists on the afternoon. Senior goalkeeper Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I./Trinity Pawling) and sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Clair (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School) both split a half for the second-straight game in net stopping five shots apiece.
UNE received two goals from freshman Andy Curro (Niskayuna, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) and solo markers from freshman J.T. Oliver (Damascus, Md./St. John's College), senior Patrick Wolfe (Phippsburg, Maine/Morse) and freshman Connor Leggett (Sunderland, Vt./Cushing Academy). Sophomore goalkeeper John Dusel (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug Regional) stopped a game-high 16 shots in the loss.
Defensively, Wheaton freshman Christopher Laudenbach (Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth) scooped up four ground balls and caused four turnovers. Junior Alfonse Femino (Malden, Mass./Malden) collected a team-high six ground balls along with Rumberger, while sophomore Liam Williams (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) notched three caused turnovers and four ground balls. At the face-off X, sophomore Paul Gray (Danbury, Conn./Millbrook School) went 7-for-16.
The Lyons held a 44-38 advantage in ground balls, went 27-for-31 on clear attempts and won the turnover margin by 11 (39-28). Both teams also went scoreless with the man-advantage (0-7).
Ahead 3-1 after the first period, Wheaton bounced back from Curro's goal at the 13:39 mark of the second as Hillman buried back-to-back goals at 12:24 and 10:54. Hanlon followed at 7:52 and Gjerset seized all momentum for the Lyons with six minutes left to play in the first half. The Blue and White locked down the visitors on the defensive end in the opening 30 minutes of play allowing a combined ten shots, six on goal. In their transition game, the Lyons were a combined 14-16 in clear attempts, while UNE went 12-16.
Wheaton (2-0) completes its three-game home stand against UMass Darmouth on Wednesday, March 5 at 4 p.m. UNE (0-1) hosts Morrisville State on Monday at 3 p.m.