Roger Williams Downs Wheaton, 11-7

Jenness nets four markers in collegiate debut

BRISTOL, R.I.  – The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team fell to Roger Williams University, 11-7, in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon.

Freshman attack Barrett Jenness (Edmonds, Wash./The Overlake School) paced the Blue and White with five points, (four goals and one assist), while classmates Will Morrison (Osterville, Mass./Salisbury School) and Devin Higgins (Nantucket, Mass./Nantucket), along with junior Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) each registered one strike.

Hawks' senior Jon Nessa (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) matched Jenness with a game-best four tallies and sophomore Tim Kelly (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) recorded a hat-trick.

Roger Williams' junior goalkeeper Luke Aubrey (Nowalk, Conn./Brien-McMahon) turned away 12 of 19 shots, while Wheaton senior Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I./Trinity Pawling) and sophomore Ryan Clair (Bloomfield, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School) combined for ten saves.

The Hawks held an 34-28 advantage in shots, a 42-36 margin in ground balls and converted 20-of-25 clear attempts. Roger Williams also scored three man-up goals and won 14-of-20 face-offs. The Lyons caused ten turnovers highlighted by freshman defensemen Matt Filardo (East Greenwich, R.I./The Prout School) who finished with two in the contest. 

Nessa's first strike at 10:16 in the opening session sparked a 5-0 run for the Hawks, which was halted by back-to-back second quarter tallies from Hillman and Jenness. Wheaton entered intermission trailing Roger Williams, 5-2, but the Hawks commenced the second half with two consecutive man-up goals by Nessa extending the hosts' lead to 7-2.

Wheaton outscored Roger Williams, 5-4, in the third quarter, thanks to three strikes from Jenness, along with goals from Higgins and Morrison, which brought the Lyons within two points of the Hawks after 45 minutes.

Kelly dashed the Lyons' comeback hopes in the fourth quarter with his final two strikes and the Hawks never looked back.

Both Roger Williams (3-1) and Wheaton (2-2) will return to action next week as the Lyons travel to Connecticut College on Tuesday, March 11 for a 2 p.m. face-off, while the Hawks head to Swarthmore on Wednesday, March 12 for a 1 p.m. contest. 

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