Mass. College Lax: Defense Carries Wheaton Past Clark, 11-10


A strong defensive effort helped the Wheaton College men’s lacrosse team earned their initial New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWAMC) victory this afternoon against Clark University.

Courtesy of the Wheaton College Sports Information Department, here is this afternoon’s release:

NORTON, Mass. – Tied 10-10 with less than five minutes remaining in the contest, Wheaton College first-year defender Victor Moitinho’s (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) third caused turnover at the 4:55 mark of the matchup led to sophomore midfielder Kyle Neale’s (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint James School) game-winning goal, as the Lyons claimed an eventual 11-10 victory over Clark University in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon at Nordin Field.

Neale snuck his third goal of the season past Clark University sophomore goalkeeper Drew Riopelle-Tyrrell (Northville, Mich./The Hill Academy)inside the right post with 4:07 left to play in the matchup after taking a feed well before the faceoff-X and beating two defenders in transition.

The Lyons’ defense put the clamps down over the final four minutes of the contest going 2-for-3 in clear attempts, while compiling two saves and one blocked shot to go with two ground balls and one caused turnover.

Wheaton junior goalkeeper Ryan Clair (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School), who made 15 saves to push his record to 6-3 on the year, made a dynamic stop at the 1:43 mark to keep the lead intact.

Clark sophomore attackman Jack Goracy (Lumberton, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional) made a heads-up play by taking advantage of a quick restart just inside the Cougars’ offensive third catching Clair and the rest of the defense backpedaling, but Clair responded quickly by centering himself in front of the net despite being well outside of the crease and promptly turned away the game-tying shot attempt from Goracy. Clark was awarded the restart after Wheaton failed to advance the ball offensively.

Cougars’ junior attackman Rob Holden (East Longmeadow, Mass./East Longmeadow) went on to pick up the ground ball, which gave the visitors another scoring chance, however Wheaton senior defender Alfonse Femino (Malden, Mass./Malden) jumped a passing lane behind the net in the right corner of the field and ricocheted an intended pass off of a Clark attackman to regain possession for the Lyons.

Wheaton needed to fight off one more offensive run by the Cougars with 15-seconds to play and the Lyons’s defensive unit did just that blocking a shot attempt in front of Clair. Moitinho then pounced on the loose ball and rifled it all the way down field to eventually claim the victory.

Sophomore Will Morrison (Osterville, Mass./Salisbury School) paced all scorers with four goals, while first-year Scott Whear (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) netted three strikes. Senior Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline), sophomore Ryan Gjerset (Austin, Texas/St. Michael’s Catholic Academy) and first-year Griffin Phaneuf (Manchester, N.H./The Derryfield School) all tallied solo markers along with Neale’s game-winning goal.

Clark saw its offense come from eight different student-athletes highlighted by a pair of goals from senior Peter Christiansen (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Prep) and junior Ryan Moore (West Hartford, Conn./Conard). Sophomore Andrew Myhre (Middlebury, Vt./Tilton School), Goracy, Holden, senior Keegan Callahan (Tewksbury, Mass./Austin Prep), junior Alex Turgeon (Holden, Mass./Wachusett) and graduate student Ian Daly (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) all found the back of the net once.

Sophomore attackman Nick Johnson (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) facilitated the offense with a game-high four assists and Riopelle-Tyrrell finished the contest with 14 saves in net for the Cougars as well.

Wheaton held a slim, 37-34, advantage in shots, while Clark notched a 41-39 differential in ground balls. The Cougars also went 14-for-25 at the face-off X, which were all won by senior face-off specialist Ryan Marsh (Osyter Bay, N.Y./Friends Academy), and 16-for-22 on their clear attempts. The Lyons were 18-for-27 in transition.

With Clark leading 8-5 after receiving with back-to-back goals from Holden and Daly to begin the third, Wheaton responded with five unanswered strikes including three from Morrison to reclaim a 10-8 gap on the scoreboard.

Christiansen and Moore countered the Cougars with goals at 9:46 and 6:03, respectively, in the fourth before Neale turned in the game-winning goal at 4:07.

Clark held a 6-5 lead at halftime as the Cougars turned around a 4-2 differential after the first period with a 4-1 showing in the second.

Wheaton (6-2, 1-0 NEWMAC) hosts UMass Boston in non-conference action next Wednesday on Nordin Field at 4 p.m. Clark (5-3, 0-1 NEWMAC) welcomes Plymouth State University to its campus on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Mass. College Lax: Wheaton Concludes 2014 With A Victory Over Emerson


The Wheaton College men’s lacrosse team concluded its 2014 regular season slate with a 19-7 victory over Emerson College. Courtesy of the Wheaton sports information department, here’s this evening’s release:

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College men’s lacrosse team concluded its 2014 campaign with a 19-7 victory over Emerson College on Wednesday evening in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Nordin Field.

Wheaton freshman Barrett Jenness (Edmond, Wash./The Overlake School) paced the Lyons with a career-best six points on four helpers and two tallies, while classmate Will Morrison (Osterville, Mass./Salisbury School) netted three goals. Senior Colby Shields (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth), sophomores Brian Teague (Cross River, N.Y./Salisbury School) and Kyle Rumberger (Hyannis, Mass./Barnstable) and freshmen Kyle Neale (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint James School) and Casey Buchholz (North Granby, Conn./Granby Memorial) each finished with a pair of goals.

Freshman Graydon Cook (Garrison, N.Y./The Masters School) capped the Lyons’ scoring with his first collegiate strike with 3:37 remaining in the final stanza, while classmates Devin Higgins (Nantucket, Mass./Nantucket) and Ryan Gjerset (Austin, Texas/St. Michael’s Catholic Academy) and junior Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) finished with one goal, respectively.

Wheaton’s three goalkeepers – senior Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I./Trinity Pawling) and sophomores Ryan Clair (Bloomfield, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) and Nico Falla (East Lyme, Conn./Salisbury School) – combined for nine stops.

Emerson senior Eric Colleran (Fairfield, Conn.) matched Jenness with six points on five goals and one assist. Senior goalkeeper Zoe Fisk finished with a game-best 21 saves.

The Lyons won the battle of ground balls, 70-39, and outshot the Lions, 58-24. Emerson converted 18 of 32 clears, while Wheaton went 17 for 26. The Lyons won 23 of 28 face-offs, highlighted by Neale who won a career-best 17. Sophomore Liam Williams (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) won six of eight face-offs. Wheaton finished the contest with two man-up markers and Emerson recorded one tally with an extra attacker.

Morrison initiated a 5-0 run with a wraparound strike at 14:16 in the first that provided the Lyons with the lead for good. Wheaton led Emerson at halftime, 12-5, and tacked on three additional tallies in the third quarter to earn a 15-5 advantage heading into the final session.

The Lyons end their season at 5-9 overall and 2-4 in NEWMAC play. Emerson (1-11, 0-5 NEWMAC) hosts Clark University this Saturday for a NEWMAC matchup at 1 p.m.

Mass. College Lax: Stolzenberg, Traub Guide MIT Past Wheaton, 9-6


Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the men’s lacrosse contest against MIT:

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College men’s lacrosse team fell to MIT, 9-6, on Saturday afternoon in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference play at Nordin Field.

Prior to this afternoon’s contest, Wheaton seniors Cam Hanlon (Hanson, Mass./B.C. High)Jesse O’Neil (Charlestown, Mass./Boston Latin)Colby Shields (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth)Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I./Trinity Pawling)Patrick Crane (Vernon, Conn./Rockville) and William Scott (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) were honored for their contributions towards the men’s lacrosse program.

Wheaton freshman Will Morison (Osterville, Mass./Salisbury School) paced the Blue and White with two tallies. Classmates Eric Jansen (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) and Barrett Jenness (Edmonds, Wash./The Overlake School) and junior Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) and sophomore Brian Teague (Cross River, N.Y./Salisbury School) all finished with one tally apiece. Bramhall also stopped 12 shots in net for the Lyons.

MIT freshman Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla./Pine Crest) recorded a game-high five points on four goals and one assist, while classmate Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel) chipped in with one marker and three assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Eric Bartell (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) finished with 11 saves to pick up his eighth win between the pipes.

The Engineers collected a game-high 39 ground balls and converted 17 of 20 clear attempts, while the Lyons scooped up 33 ground balls and finished 14 for 19 on clears. MIT outshot Wheaton, 34-28, and scored two man-up goals. Wheaton won 11 of 19 face-offs, highlighted by freshman Kyle Neale (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint James School) who won five.

Morrison provided the hosts with an early lead with 11:22 remaining in the opening session before MIT used a 5-0 run, sparked by a Traub tally, which provided the Engineers with a 5-2 lead at the break.

Wheaton evened the score early in the second half as Hillman, Teague and Morrison each scored one goal to tie the game at 5-5. The Lyons game-tying goal came in transition as freshman Kyle Neale (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint James School) caused a turnover in the defensive third, scooped up the ground ball and fired a pass down field to classmate Casey Buchholz (North Granby, Conn./Granby Memorial) who sprinted through the Engineers’ defense and eventually fed a wide open Morrison for the strike.

MIT responded with a man-up goal from Stolzenberg, who raced toward the Wheaton cage from the far side and whipped a shot past Bramhall to push the guests ahead by one heading into the final frame. The Engineers extended their lead for good by netting three consecutive strikes to seal the win.

Both teams return to action on Wednesday, April 23 as Wheaton (4-9, 1-4 NEWMAC) hosts Emerson College, while MIT (8-6, 3-1 NEWMAC) travels to Babson College. Both contests will commence at 7 p.m.

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Mass. College Lax: Teague Leads Wheaton Past MMA In Double-OT


Courtesy of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the Buccaneers’ men’s lacrosse contest against Wheaton College:

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. —  Sophomore Brian Teague’s (Cross River, N.Y.) goal 43 seconds into the second overtime lifted Wheaton to an 8-7 New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse victory over Massachusetts Maritime Wednesday evening at Clean Harbors Stadium.

Teague’s golden goal capped a second half comeback for the visiting Lyons (4-8, 1-3 NEWMAC), who trailed 5-2 at the break but roared back to take a 6-5 lead heading into the final frame with four unanswered third quarter tallies, the last on freshman Will Morrison’s (Osterville, Mass.) marker with six seconds to play in the stanza.  The host Buccaneers (7-6, 1-3 NEWMAC) evened matters with 9:44 remaining in regulation on sophomore Sean Staples’s (Norwell, Mass.) goal and took a 7-6 advantage just 1:27 later on fellow sophomore Anthony Kurylak’s (Exeter, N.H.) man-up marker, but Morrison knotted the score for Wheaton with 5:18 remaining in regulation to force the extra sessions.  After a scoreless first overtime period, freshman Kyle Neale (Brooklyn, N.Y.) won his 10th face-off of the night for the Lyons, setting up Teague’s heroics on the game-winner.

Morrison netted four goals in the triumph for Wheaton, which also received a pair of tallies from freshman Devin Higgins (Nantucket, Mass.) and a single marker from sophomore Kyle Rumberger (Hyannis, Mass.).  Freshman Ryan Gjerset (Austin, Tex.) collected a pair of assists for the Lyons, who also received single helpers off the sticks of senior Colby Shields (Yarmouth, Maine) and junior Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass.).  Freshmen Sam Jarvis (Laurel Springs, N.J.) and Ryan McNeill (Burlington, Mass.) each netted two goals in the setback for Massachusetts Maritime, which built a 3-1 first quarter lead and extended that margin to 5-1 just 2:50 into the second stanza. Junior Dylan Freudenberg (Islip, N.Y.) added a marker and two assists for the Buccaneers, as Jarvis also added a helper to finish with three points for the hosts, who received additional assists off the sticks of sophomores Cody Cafarelli (Burlington, Mass.) and Reed McLean (Wilbraham, Mass.) as well as freshman Andrew Lawrence (Reading, Mass.).

Senior Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I.) picked up the win in goal for Wheaton with an eight-save effort, while freshman Keison Cunningham (Weymouth, Mass.) suffered the setback with 10 stops over the final 34:43 of action for Massachusetts Maritime, which also received six first half saves from senior Paul Painten (Walpole, Mass.). The Lyons outshot the Buccaneers by a 40-25 margin and held a 12-8 advantage in the faceoff circle for the match.

Massachusetts Maritime heads to Worcester, Mass. on Saturday afternoon to take on Clark in a New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference match beginning at 1:00 p.m., while Wheaton hosts MIT in a NEWMAC outing on Saturday afternoon in Norton, Mass. that also begins at 1:00 p.m.

Mass. College Lax: Babson Fends Off Wheaton Rally, 8-5


Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s lacrosse game against Babson College:

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College men’s lacrosse team fell to rival Babson College in New England and Women’s Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday evening, 8-5, at Nordin Field.

Wheaton senior co-captain Colby Shields (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth), junior Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline), and freshmen Will Morrison (Osterville, Mass./Salisbury School)Casey Buchholz (North Granby, Conn./Granby Memorial) and Barrett Jenness (Edmonds, Wash./The Overlake School) each netted one goal, while senior Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I./Trinity Pawling) turned away 14 of 22 shots.

Babson senior Alex Packer (Hudson, Ohio/Western Revere Academy) led all scorers with a hat trick. Senior Adam Daraoff (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) recorded nine stops and picked up his sixth win of the season.

The Lyons finished with 38 ground balls and converted 18 of 26 clears. The Beavers collected a game-high 42 ground balls and were 23 for 25 on clears. Wheaton won eight face-offs, highlighted by sophomore Liam Williams (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) who picked up nine ground balls total for the Lyons. Babson won seven face-offs, as well as outshot the Blue and White, 45-23.

Babson and Wheaton swapped goals throughout the opening minutes before Morrison fired home a pass from sophomore Paul Gray (Danbury, Conn./Millbrook School) to provide the Lyons with a 2-1 lead.

The Beavers evened the score at 3:31 when sophomore Scott Doten (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) dodged past his defender on the left side and snapped a shot past Bramhall. Sophomore Brendan Coan (Towson, Md./Loyola Blakefield) put Babson ahead with a bouncer from the right side with 2:05 left to play in the opening quarter.

Babson extended its lead in the second with back-to-back strikes by Packer, which provided the visitors with a 5-2 lead at the break. The Beavers added to their total by scoring two more goals in the thirdcoming off the sticks of junior Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and Packer.

Trailing 7-3 heading into the final frame, the Lyons rallied with a tally from Hillman on the right side at 14:31 and back-to-back markers from Buchholz and Jenness at 6:56 and 3:36, but that was all Wheaton’s offense produced against Babson’s defense, which forced 22 turnovers.

Both teams return to action next week with Wheaton traveling to Clark University on Friday, April 11 for a 7 p.m. face-off, while Babson heads to New England College on Wednesday, April 9 for a 7 p.m. start.

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