Blair records third multi-goal game of the season
HENNIKER, N.H. – Wheaton College junior forward Travis Blair (Hastings, N.Y./Hastings) helped the Lyons run their winning streak to four-straight games with a pair of goals in a 2-0 shutout victory over New England College in non-conference action on Tuesday night.
Blair's two goal effort against the Pilgrims moves him into a tie for tenth all-time on the career goals list with Oscar Medina '97. In 41 career games, Blair has netted 26 goals, including nine game-winners, and nine assists for 61 points. For the past two weeks, Blair also has garnered New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors as he leads the Lyons with seven tallies this season in just four games.
Wheaton junior captain Luke Finkelstein (Peabody, Mass./Peabody) set up Blair with his first of two markers on the evening off of a free kick at the 4:16 mark. Finkelstein now has 18 career assists in 45 games played, one shy of tying Matt Mancini '04 for tenth all-time on the list.
In the 19th minute, Blair converted a penalty kick to push the Lyons ahead 2-0 in the contest.
Freshman midfielder/back Kevin Davis (Beacon, N.Y./Beacon) nearly found the back of the net in the 39th minute, but had his shot turned away by a New England College defender at the goal line.
In the second half, the Pilgrims outshot Wheaton 10-8 compiling a couple of quality scoring chances during the stanza. Senior forward Rob Lucas (Hooksett, N.H./SNHU) had his shot ricochet off the post, while freshman midfielder Rizy Misiri (Concord, N.H./Concord) was unable to put away a penalty kick opportunity in the 82nd minute.
Wheaton sophomore goalkeeper Matt Dickey (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) collected his third career shutout with four saves on the night. Dickey also moved into sole possession of ninth place all-time on the career wins list with nine total. Matt Pachniuk '07 is first all-time with 54 career wins.
New England College senior captain and goalkeeper Robert Millard (Barrington, R.I./Barrington) turned aside a game-high eight shots.
The Lyons outshot the Pilgrims, 17-12, in the contest and held a slim margin in corners at 6-5.
Wheaton (6-1) hosts Springfield College in NEWMAC action on Saturday at 1 p.m. New England College (2-3-1) welcomes Castleton State College to its campus on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The Lyons improved to 5-1-1 in the all-time series versus the Pilgrims dating back to 1989. Wheaton has outscored its opposition 12-7 during that span (two shutouts). New England College won the first-ever meeting between the two squads on October 3, 1989, a 3-0 victory.