Hillman scores hat trick, Bramhall records 18 saves in loss
BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team dropped an 8-4 decision to Babson College in Pilgrim League action on Wednesday evening at MacDowell Field.
Babson freshman Spencer Low (Natick, Mass./The Rivers School) registered a team-high three tallies, three ground balls and one caused turnover. Junior Alex Packer (Hudson, Ohio/Western Reserve Academy) and senior Mike Griffin (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) chipped in with two scores.
The Beavers raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter as Low led the charge with all three of his goals in the contest including a pair of markers with fewer than two minutes to play.
In the second, Hillman answered for Wheaton at the 9:10 mark on a nice feed by freshman Alex Keiver (North Andover, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) to cut into the deficit at 3-1. Packer seized back some momentum ten-seconds later depositing his first goal into the back of the net and Griffin pushed Babson ahead, 5-1, with a tally at the 2:57 mark. Hillman closed out the scoring in the first half with his second goal of the quarter at 1:32.
After both teams exchanged goals in the third, Hillman put the Lyons within two (6-4) at the 2:56 mark of the fourth. Hillman nearly made it 6-5 with 2:03 remaining in the game but Beavers' senior goalkeeper James Whalen (Westwood, Mass./Pomfret School) thwarted his attempt in the scoring area.
Babson pulled away down the stretch receiving tallies from Griffin and senior Alex Patinkin (Providence, R.I./Providence Country Day) with 29-seconds left to go. Patinkin also assisted on two goals and scooped up five ground balls.
Whalen finished with nine saves while Lyons' junior goalkeeper Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I./Trinity Pawling) turned aside a game-high 18 shots.
The Beavers won the ground balls matchup, 51-37, went 11-for-15 at the face-off X and outshot Wheaton, 50-21. The Lyons went 21-for-31 in clear attempts.
Wheaton (5-6, 2-1 Pilgrim) hosts Springfield College in a conference clash on Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. Babson (7-6, 3-0 Pilgrim) welcomes Regis College to MacDowell Field on Friday at 5 p.m.