Lyons conclude season 5-9 overall, 2-4 NEWMAC
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team concluded its 2014 campaign with a 19-7 victory over Emerson College on Wednesday evening in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Nordin Field.
Wheaton freshman Barrett Jenness (Edmond, Wash./The Overlake School) paced the Lyons with a career-best six points on four helpers and two tallies, while classmate Will Morrison (Osterville, Mass./Salisbury School) netted three goals. Senior Colby Shields (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth), sophomores Brian Teague (Cross River, N.Y./Salisbury School) and Kyle Rumberger (Hyannis, Mass./Barnstable) and freshmen Kyle Neale (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint James School) and Casey Buchholz (North Granby, Conn./Granby Memorial) each finished with a pair of goals.
Freshman Graydon Cook (Garrison, N.Y./The Masters School) capped the Lyons' scoring with his first collegiate strike with 3:37 remaining in the final stanza, while classmates Devin Higgins (Nantucket, Mass./Nantucket) and Ryan Gjerset (Austin, Texas/St. Michael's Catholic Academy) and junior Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) finished with one goal, respectively.
Wheaton's three goalkeepers – senior Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I./Trinity Pawling) and sophomores Ryan Clair (Bloomfield, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) and Nico Falla (East Lyme, Conn./Salisbury School) – combined for nine stops.
Emerson senior Eric Colleran (Fairfield, Conn.) matched Jenness with six points on five goals and one assist. Senior goalkeeper Zoe Fisk finished with a game-best 21 saves.
The Lyons won the battle of ground balls, 70-39, and outshot the Lions, 58-24. Emerson converted 18 of 32 clears, while Wheaton went 17 for 26. The Lyons won 23 of 28 face-offs, highlighted by Neale who won a career-best 17. Sophomore Liam Williams (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) won six of eight face-offs. Wheaton finished the contest with two man-up markers and Emerson recorded one tally with an extra attacker.
Morrison initiated a 5-0 run with a wraparound strike at 14:16 in the first that provided the Lyons with the lead for good. Wheaton led Emerson at halftime, 12-5, and tacked on three additional tallies in the third quarter to earn a 15-5 advantage heading into the final session.
The Lyons end their season at 5-9 overall and 2-4 in NEWMAC play. Emerson (1-11, 0-5 NEWMAC) hosts Clark University this Saturday for a NEWMAC matchup at 1 p.m.