March 15, 2014

Ursinus Defeats Men's Lacrosse, 14-7

Hillman paces all scorers with six points 

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa.  – The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team lost to Ursinus College, 14-7, on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference clash. 

Wheaton junior Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) led all scorers with six points, five goals and one assist, while senior captain Colby Shields (Yarmouth, Mass./Yarmouth) and sophomore Kyle Rumberger (Hyannis, Mass./Barnstable) each recorded one goal. Freshmen Will Morrison (Osterville, Mass./Salisbury School) and Barrett Jenness (Edmonds, Wash./The Overlake School) finished with two assists, respectively. 

Ursinus junior Jake Weber (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township) paced the Bears with five point, four goals and one assist, while classmate Steve Smyrl (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnett Valley) and senior Shawn Caven (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) combined for five goals. 

Wheaton senior goalkeeper Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I./Trinity Pawling) recorded a season-high 21 saves between the pipes, while sophomore Brian Neff (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata) turned away 11 of 18 shots. 

The Bears outshot the Lyons, 61-26, and won 15 of 24 face-offs. Wheaton won nine face-offs and recorded 26 shots. Ursinus also scooped 53 ground balls and converted 20 of 22 clears. Wheaton registered 39 ground balls and coverted 19 of 24 clears. Both teams recorded a man-up strike, as Wheaton finished two for four, while Ursinus was one for three. 

Each team swapped goals throughout the first two sessions, but it wasn't until Weber connected with junior Mike Neal (Shelby Township, Mich./De La Salle) at 6:03 in the second quarter, which sparked a 4-0 run, along with an 8-5 lead favoring the Bears at the break. 

Hillman brought the Lyons within two goals at 11:11 in the third, but Ursinus pushed ahead for good with three more tallies. Hillman scored the team's final tally at 9:50 in the fourth quarter, but the Beavers answered with three straight strikes. 

Both teams return to action on Tuesday, March 18 when Wheaton heads to Eastern Connecticut State University for a 4 p.m.face-off, while Ursinus travels to Eastern for a 3:30 p.m. start. 

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