The winning ways continue for Emerson College men’s lacrosse.
The Lions’ current winning streak reached a season-high six games as of yesterday, thanks to an impressive 16-8 victory over Wheaton College.
Saturday’s win marked the second time in program history that Emerson has beaten Wheaton since the school became a full-time member of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) for the 2013-14 school year.
Skyler Celotto led the Purple and White with a season-high seven points on six goals and one assist. The six goals are the most Celotto has tallied in 11 contests this season.
Birk Swan added eight points on four goals and four assists while Malcolm McGrath turned aside a season-best 20 shots.
Emerson jumped out to a 5-3 lead but would use a 6-1 run in the second quarter to push ahead for good.
Wheaton trimmed the deficit with four fourth-quarter tallies.
With the win, Emerson becomes the first New England NCAA D-III men’s lacrosse team to win 10 games this season – they are currently one of three squads in the NEWMAC that have yet to lose a league meeting (MIT and Coast Guard Academy have also won at least one league contest).
Emerson will be idle for the next few days before returning to the field for three consecutive home games in a span of seven days. They will welcome Clark University to campus on Saturday, April 2 for a 7 p.m. face-off followed by Emmanuel College next Wednesday, April 6, and Springfield College on Saturday, April 9.
The Lions have never beaten Clark or Springfield, but perhaps that trend could change next month.
Emerson is scheduled to compete six more times this spring and will certainly be a squad to watch over the next few weeks.
Speaking of teams to watch, keep your eyes on the Bowdoin College men’s lacrosse team.
The Polar Bears scored a big win on Saturday as they defeated Wesleyan University, 16-10, to secure their seventh consecutive victory, including their fourth New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) win.
Bowdoin raced out to a 5-1 lead, which turned into an 11-4 advantage at the break.
Jason Lach concluded the contest with five goals and an assist while Will Byrne produced seven points off two goals and five helpers. Robert Hobbs, the team’s goalie, turned aside 18 shots.
Bowdoin is off to its best start since 1989 when they began their campaign with seven-straight victories. The Polar Bears would conclude this particular season with a 15-1 record.
Saturday was an exciting day for the Colby College women’s lacrosse team, which snapped Salisbury University’s 29-game winning streak.
The Mules edged the Sea Gulls, 14-13, in overtime, thanks to Annie Eddy, who netted the game-winner. Eddy concluded the non-conference meeting with four goals, two assists, two ground balls, and one caused turnover. Ally Franz contributed a hat trick to go with four ground balls, two caused turnovers, and one helper.
Colby, which returns to the field on Saturday against Connecticut College, ends the month with a great deal of momentum – the Blue and White have won their last five contests, including a pair of NESCAC games against Hamilton College (10-9) and Wesleyan University (15-7).