Lyons improve to 2-0 in the NEWMAC
WORCESTER, Mass. – Wheaton College junior forward Travis Blair (Hastings, N.Y./Hastings) delivered the game-winning goal off a header in the 106th minute of double overtime to help lift the Lyons to a 2-1 win against Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on Saturday evening in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at Alumni Field.
Blair, who now ranks tied for second in the NEWMAC with eight goals on the season, was assisted by junior captain Luke Finkelstein (Peabody, Mass./Peabody). Finkelstein also set up Wheaton's game-tying goal off of a corner kick in the 82nd minute moving him into a tie with David Turina '13 for ninth all-time on the career assists list with 20 total.
Wheaton finished the match with 18 shots on net and seven corners. WPI recorded 17 shots and four corners.
Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Dickey (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) stopped six shots, while WPI senior Jeff Wong (Millington, NJ/Watchung Hills) recorded eight saves.
Neither team located the back of the net until Engineers' freshman Matt Farrell (Groveland, Mass./Pentucket Regional) took the ball off a throw in from sophomore Chris Murray (Canton, Mass./Canton) and tucked it in past Dickey for the score at 65:50. It was Farrell's third marker of the season.
Wheaton responded in the 82nd minute when freshman back Kevin Davis (Beacon, N.Y./Beacon) headed home his first-career collegiate goal off a corner kick from Finkelstein to tie the game at 1-1.
WPI recorded three shots in the first overtime period with two being turned away by Dickey.
In the second overtime, the Lyons registered two shots, their second proved to be the difference.
With the win, Wheaton (8-2, 2-0 NEWMAC) improves to 20-3-1 all-time against WPI (5-2-1, 1-1 NEWMAC) dating back to their first meeting in 1996.
Wheaton and WPI return to action on Tuesday, October 1 as the Lyons host Brandeis University and the Engineers welcome Anna Maria to Alumni Field. Both matches are scheduled for 4 p.m.