NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team opened home action on Saturday afternoon at Nordin Field with a 9-2 win over the Spartans of Castleton College.
The win moves the Lyons to a perfect 2-0 on the season, while the Spartans fall to 0-1.
After a successful clear put the Lyons in the offensive end of the field, Matt Morgan opened the scoring. The first-year found a way to blast the ball past the Spartan keeper with 7:18 remaining in the first quarter. Will Morrison got in on the scoring in the final two minutes of the quarter with the help of an extra-man opportunity at the 1:25 mark. The junior helped Wheaton put one more on the board before tiem expired with a pass to Kyle Rumberger, who beat the keeper with five seconds left.
Wheaton kept its foot on the gas pedal in the second quarter, scoring four goals within a six-minute span. Morgan once again led the charge, leading off the quarter with back-to-back goals. Morgan then played a part in the third goal, dishing the ball to Brian Teague with 6:57 to go until halftime. After two Lyon shots failed to find net, Griffin Phaneuf picked up the ball and beat the keeper for his first goal of the season.
Taylor Swarter ended the Spartans scoreless streak with a little over a minute remaining until halftime. The senior found net with help from Nik Rancourt, making it a 7-1 contest at intermission.
Rumberger scored the only goal of the third quarter, while Morgan ended the Lyons scoring with 11:14 to go in the fourth. Morgan was assisted by Teague.
A goal from Louis Alhage rounded out scoring with a goal at the 5:40 mark for Castleton.
Wheaton returns to the field on Sunday, March 13 for a neutral site game against Skidmore. The two teams will face-off at Swarthmore for a 1 p.m. start.
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