McNamara tallies three markers for Wheaton
N. DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team fell to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 12-7, in non-conference action on Wednesday evening at Cressy Field.
Senior captain Billy McNamara (Mansfield, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) deposited three goals into the back of the net to pace the Lyons. Junior Cam Hanlon (Hanson, Mass./BC High), sophomore Sean Finn (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk), freshman Liam Williams (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) and senior Will Compton (Deering, N.H./Proctor Academy) all had one marker apiece. Senior Sean Doherty (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) dished out a game-high three assists while sophomore Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) collected a pair of helpers.
UMass Dartmouth freshman Nicklaus Prozinski (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) netted a game-high five goals on eight shots (seven on net) and also facilitated one tally. Sophomore Connor Gaffney (Andover, Mass./Andover) added three markers and freshman Alex Lucas (Brookfield, Mass./Tantasqua) set up three scores.
Ahead 2-1 after the first quarter, the Corsairs attack outscored Wheaton by a 7-2 margin to surge ahead by a six goal differential with 15 minutes left to play. Prozinski scored three-straight markers to begin the second quarter in a span of 3:43 for a 5-1 advantage. Gaffney followed with his first of three goals in the contest for a 6-1 gap before McNamara closed out the half with a man-up goal on a feed from Doherty at the 2:18 mark.
Wheaton opened up the fourth quarter with back-to-back goals from Hanlon and McNamara to cut into the deficit at 9-5. Prozinski and sophomore Dennis Healy (Hanover, Mass./Hanover) responded with a pair of unanswered tallies to help UMass Dartmouth secure its second victory of the season.
Lyons' junior goalkeeper Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I./Trinity Pawling) stopped 12 shots in the loss. Junior Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) recorded a game-high 13 saves.
UMass Dartmouth went 19-for-25 in clear attempts including 13-for-14 in the first half. Wheaton posted a 39-33 differential in ground balls and also won the matchup at the face-off X going 13-for-23. Williams led all players at the face-off X winning ten of his 19 attempts at midfield.
Wheaton (0-2, 0-0 Pilgrim) visits Roger Williams on Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m. UMass Dartmouth (2-0, 0-0 LEC) takes on Mount Ida in a road contest on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.