Men's Lacrosse Suffers First Loss of the Season

Men's Lacrosse Suffers First Loss of the Season

SWARTHMORE, Pa. – A five goal third quarter pushed the Skidmore Thoroughbreds past the Wheaton College men's lacrosse team on Sunday afternoon, as the Lyons fell 10-6 in a neutral site contest at Clothier Field. 

The loss is the first of the season for Wheaton, moving them to 2-1 overall. Skidmore is now even at 2-2. 

First-year Matt Morgan finished the game with his second hat-trick in two games, while Scott Whear, Devin Higgins, and Ryan Gjerset each scored once. Gjerset also registered an assist. 

The Thoroughbreds jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but Morgan cut the deficit to one at the 2:58 mark with his first goal of the day. Kevin Mulvey of Skidmore pushed his team back to a two-goal advantage at the end of the first quarter with a goal assisted by Will Pottow. 

Mulvey earned his second goal of the game to start the second quarter scoring, handing Skidmore a 4-1 lead. Wheaton came firing back, netting three goals before the end of the first half, sending the two sides into the intermission deadlocked. Whear got things going with 9:15 on the clock, before Morgan found net for his second goal at the 7:52 mark. Higgins scored his fourth goal of the season with a little over three minutes left, making it a 4-4 game. 

Skidmore pulled away from Wheaton in the third quarter however, going on to score five unanswered goals. 

Gjerset found an open Morgan at 11:11 in the fourth quarter puling the Lyons within four. Skidmore responded however with its final goal at the 9:14 mark. Gjerset made it a 10-6 game with 4:37 remaining but that would be as close as Wheaton would get. 

Senior Ryan Clair suffered his first loss of the season, playing the complete game in goal for Wheaton, coming up with 14 saves. Clair led the team with five groundballs, while Morgan and Casey Buchholz each collected four. 

The Lyons return to the field on March 16 at 12 p.m. when they take on Connecticut College at Muhlenberg. 

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