NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team came back from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Coast Guard Academy 10-8 on Saturday afternoon in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest at Nordin Field.
The win moves Wheaton to 6-5 on the season and 2-1 in the NEWMAC, while also keeping them undefeated at home. The Bears fall to 8-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
First-year Matt Morgan led the Lyons with the games only hat trick, while CJ Leighton and Josh Talanian each potted two goals. Scott Whear, Victor Moitinho and Kyle Neale each scored once for Wheaton.
Justin Huemme and Jack Pope each scored two goals for the Bears, while Trent Moon, Blaise Curtis, Alec Groff and Anthony Wyler each ended the game with a single goal.
Ryan Clair came up huge for the Lyons in net, making 18 saves in 60 minutes of work. Trey Johnson ended the game with seven saves for the Bears.
Wyler earned the Coast Guard its first lead of the game at 13:33 in the first quarter, with an unassisted goal. Talanian knotted the game at 1-1 a few minutes later with the first of his two goals for Wheaton. Pope found Moon with 7:42 to go in the quarter, earning the lead back for the Bears. The Coast Guard kept the goals coming with Huemme and Pope each scoring before the end of the quarter.
The second quarter belonged to the Lyons, who netted the frames only goals, tying the game at 4-4 at the intermission. Will Morrison played an instrumental part in two of the three goals, starting with a feed to Leighton. The junior then found an open Morgan, who swiftly beat the Bear keeper. With 2:27 remaining until halftime, Whear slipped one into the goal, tying the game for the second time.
Huemme put the Coast Guard back on top to start the third quarter after receiving a nice pass from Curtis.
With a Bear player in the penalty box at the 8:25 mark, Whear dished the ball to Talanian, who potted his second goal of the contest.
Moitinho earned Wheaton its first lead of the contest 20 seconds later with his first goal of the season. The defender picked up the ball off the faceoff and hit the gas, running down the heart of the field and beating the Bear keeper. Wheaton contineud to push, increasing its lead to three with back-to-back put aways by Morgan.
Trailing 8-5, the Bears found a spark, scoring three goals to close out the third quarter. Pope netted his second of the game at the 5:54 mark, which was quickly followed by an unassisted goal by Curtis. Groff ended the quarter with a goal of his own, making it an 8-8 game.
The Lyons regained their momentum in the final quarter, starting with what would prove to be the game winner by Neale with 8:42 to play. Leighton added an insurance goal with 3:49 remaining on the clock with help from Whear.
Wheaton returns to action on Wednesday, April 20 against the Babson Beavers for a 4 p.m. contest at Nordin Field.