Men's Lacrosse Drops to Coast Guard

Photo by Keith Nordstrom
Photo by Keith Nordstrom

NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team fell, 15-5, against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Bears in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Wednesday night at Cadet Memorial Field.

With the win the Bears improve to 7-4 on the season and 1-2 in the conference. The Lyons drop to 5-6 overall and 1-2 in the NEWMAC.

Coast Guard freshman Riley McNulty broke the program's single season points record as Coast Guard marched their way to a 15-5 victory over Wheaton. McNulty had four points with three goals and an assist on the night. His first goal of the night broke Louis Depaolis's record of 36 points in a single season. Sophomore Benner Geurtsen also had four points on the night with a goal and three assists giving him 50 points for his career. He joins teammates sophomore Anthony Wyler (56), sophomore Jack Pope (52) and senior Blaise Curtis (51) as one of six players with 50 points or more in program history. 

Sophomore Connor Ellis had a goal and assist on the night while Wyler, sophomore Ian Logan and junior Matt Huemme each notched two goals of their own.

Wheaton sophomore CJ Leighton led the Lyons with two goals while sophomore Matt Morgan had three points with a goal and two assists. Senior Ryan Gjerset and sophomore Josh Talanian had Wheaton's other two goals.

Coast Guard jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as Geurtsen assisted two of the first three goals.

Wheaton's Gjerset got one back at the 6:01 mark of the first period before the Bears scored two of the final three goals of the opening quarter taking a 5-2 lead into the second.

Coast Guard broke the game wide open in the second quarter scoring six straight goals for the 11-2 lead. Wyler had two goals over this stretch while Geurtsen and McNulty each had a goal and an assist.

It was a much quieter second half as the Bears scored the only goal of the third and three in the fourth to wrap up their first NEWMAC win of the season, 15-5. 

Coast Guard sophomore Colin Cashin was nearly perfect in the face-off circle winning 15-17 and collected double digit ground balls for the fifth time this season with 12. He leads the NEWMAC with 92 ground balls on the season and also has the most won face-offs (141). As of April 12th he was 23rd in the country in ground balls per game (8.00) and 12th in face-off winning percentage (.700).

Sophomore Tom Bleifuss and freshman Ryan Gochar led the Coast Guard defense to 11 caused turnovers with three apiece. Bleifuss is eighth in the NEWMAC with 13 caused turnovers on the season.

Sophomore Trey Johnson (7-4) made eight saves on 13 shots allowing five goals. Johnson is first in the conference in goals-against average (7.80) and fifth in save percentage (52.9). As of April 12th, his goals-against average was 38th in the country.

Wheaton first-year Colin Walsh (4-6) made four saves on 15 shots allowing 11 goals. First-year Chandler Miller played the second half allowing four goals on eight shots and made four saves.

Wheaton travels to Babson College next Wednesday for another NEWMAC matchup scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.

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*release courtesy Coast Guard Athletics