Morrison nets two goals, Bramhall records 12 stops in setback
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team fell to MIT, 9-6, on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference play at Nordin Field.
Prior to this afternoon's contest, Wheaton seniors Cam Hanlon (Hanson, Mass./B.C. High), Jesse O'Neil (Charlestown, Mass./Boston Latin), Colby Shields (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth), Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I./Trinity Pawling), Patrick Crane (Vernon, Conn./Rockville) and William Scott (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) were honored for their contributions towards the men's lacrosse program.
Wheaton freshman Will Morrison (Osterville, Mass./Salisbury School) paced the Blue and White with two tallies. Classmates Eric Jansen (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) and Barrett Jenness (Edmonds, Wash./The Overlake School) and junior Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) and sophomore Brian Teague (Cross River, N.Y./Salisbury School) all finished with one tally apiece. Bramhall also stopped 12 shots in net for the Lyons.
MIT freshman Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla./Pine Crest) recorded a game-high five points on four goals and one assist, while classmate Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel) chipped in with one marker and three assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Eric Bartell (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) finished with 11 saves to pick up his eighth win between the pipes.
The Engineers collected a game-high 39 ground balls and converted 17 of 20 clear attempts, while the Lyons scooped up 33 ground balls and finished 14 for 19 on clears. MIT outshot Wheaton, 34-28, and scored two man-up goals. Wheaton won 11 of 19 face-offs, highlighted by freshman Kyle Neale (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint James School) who won five.
Morrison provided the hosts with an early lead with 11:22 remaining in the opening session before MIT used a 5-0 run, sparked by a Traub tally, which provided the Engineers with a 5-2 lead at the break.
Wheaton evened the score early in the second half as Hillman, Teague and Morrison each scored one goal to tie the game at 5-5. The Lyons game-tying goal came in transition as freshman Kyle Neale (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint James School) caused a turnover in the defensive third, scooped up the ground ball and fired a pass down field to classmate Casey Buchholz (North Granby, Conn./Granby Memorial) who sprinted through the Engineers' defense and eventually fed a wide open Morrison for the strike.
MIT responded with a man-up goal from Stolzenberg, who raced toward the Wheaton cage from the far side and whipped a shot past Bramhall to push the guests ahead by one heading into the final frame. The Engineers extended their lead for good by netting three consecutive strikes to seal the win.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday, April 23 as Wheaton (4-9, 1-4 NEWMAC) hosts Emerson College, while MIT (8-6, 3-1 NEWMAC) travels to Babson College. Both contests will commence at 7 p.m.