Bramhall records season-best 21 saves for Lyons
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team snapped its five-game skid with an 11-6 non-conference victory against Oneonta State this afternoon at Diane Nordin '80 Athletic Field in the first-ever meeting between the two squads.
Wheaton junior Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) paced the Lyons with a hat trick, while freshman Eric Jansen (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) netted a pair of tallies, his first two strikes of the season. Senior captain Colby Shields (Yarmouth, Mass./Yarmouth), sophomore Brian Teague (Cross River, N.Y./Salisbury School) and freshmen Will Morrison (Osterville, Mass./Salisbury School), Devin Higgins (Nantucket, Mass./Nantucket), Ryan Gjerset (Austin, Texas/St. Michael's Catholic Academy) and Barrett Jenness (Edmonds, Wash./The Overlake School) each netted one goal.
Oneonta State junior Anthony Laureano (Holtsville/Sachem East) matched Hillman with a hat trick. Sophomores Devon Casey (Garden City/Kellenberg), Connor Coyle (Centerport/Harborfields) and Mike Metzger (Colonie/Colonie) registered one tally apiece.
Wheaton senior goalkeeper Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I./Trinity Pawling) recorded a season-best 21 stops between the pipes, while Oneonta sophomores Justin Benigo (Massapequa/St. John's The Baptist) and Kevin Fitzpatrick (Rocky Point/Rocky Point) combined for seven saves.
The Red Dragons outshot the Lyons, 41-33, but Wheaton won the ground balls matchup, 49-37. Oneonta State converted on 17-of-24 clears and Wheaton finished 16-of-19 in transition. The Lyons won 12-of-19 face-offs as sophomore Liam Williams (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) collected six ground balls at the X. Wheaton also converted on three man-up situations.
After yielding the game's first goal, which was recorded by Oneonta State's Coyle, Wheaton claimed the lead for good with three straight strikes by Jenness, Gjerset and Teague. Casey brought the visitors within one goal at 1:49 of the opening session, but Wheaton answered with four-second quarter tallies, which provided the Lyons a 7-3 lead at the break.
Shields extended the hosts advantage to five goals (8-3) when he rifled an attempt past Fitzpatrick at 6:23 in the third quarter. Hillman scored in transition halfway through the final stanza after receiving a pass from Jenness on the left side of the Red Dragons' zone.
Laureano attempted to jumpstart a comeback with back-to-back goals, including an unassisted strike following a face-off win at 7:29, but the Lyons sealed the victory with two more goals, one by Hillman on a man-up situation and the other by Morrison.
Wheaton (3-5) will return to action next Saturday, March 29 when the Lyons commence New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMC) play against Springfield College at 2 p.m. Oneonta State (1-6) will conclude its two-game road trip on Tuesday at Marywood University with a 7 p.m. start.