NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team opened the 2017 campaign against the University of New England Nor'Easters on Saturday afternoon, but fell, 14-13 in overtime at Nordin Field.
Trailing, 6-1 to start the second period, Wheaton scored four goals before the period was over to bring the score within two. Less than a minute into the third period, junior Scott Whear found senior Ryan Gjerset who shot through his goal that brought the Lyons within one at 7-6.
It was the battle of offense in the fourth quarter as both teams put up mark, but it was the tail end of the period where Wheaton tabbed three straight goals thanks to Whear, senior Will Morrison and sophomore CJ Leighton to tie the game at 13 in the final 47 seconds.
The Lyons defense held the Nor'Easters in the final seconds of the game to advance to overtime. Wheaton would win the face-off to open the fifth period, but UNE's Alex Zadworny clutched the golden opportunity when he found an opening a 2:43 to seal the 14-13 win for the Nor'Easters.
UNE was led by Mitch Mullin who dished out four goals while Zadworny recorded three and Dan Auger and Tom Luttrell tallied two. Nor'Easters goalkeeper David Pearson earned 13 saves in the 61:17 played.
At the faceoff, Wheaton secured 17-29 draws and held the 35-24 advantage on ground balls.
Wheaton competes next on Wednesday, March 1 when they host Salve Regina with game time slated for 7 p.m. at Nordin Field.