April 3, 2010

Balanced Scoring Leads Wheaton to 12-9 Win Over MIT in Pilgrim Opener

Courtesy of Wheaton College Sports Information

NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team had four players record at least two goals during a 12-9 victory over visiting MIT in a Pilgrim League opener for both teams on Saturday at Mirrione Stadium. The Lyons, who have won nine of their last 11 meetings with the Engineers, evened their season record at 3-3, while MIT, which played in just its third game since March 17, fell to 2-4.

MIT's Dan Piemont led all scorers with four markers; Nick Sisler totaled three goals and one assist, while Christopher Rullan turned aside 14 shots between the pipes. Bryan Beller and Rullan both collected four groundballs as Tomas Vianna, Eric Zuk, and Alex Andrzejewski each added three of their own.

Ben Cederberg paced Wheaton goal scorers with three to go alongside one assist, while Billy McNamara finished his six-point day with one tally and five assists. Warren Garceau scored twice, went 19-for-23 on face-offs and picked up eight ground balls. Drew Schaffer and Mike Harrington notched two goals each, with Harrington adding a helper, while Chris Landers added a goal and an assist. In net, Schuyler Horn had three saves.

Five different goal scorers provided the Lyons with a 5-0 advantage by the 7:04 mark of the second period before the Engineers mounted a comeback. MIT scored four of the quarter's final five goals, including two on man-up chances, to trail 6-4 at the intermission.

The visitors brought the deficit to one on three occasions in the third, including making the score 8-7 with 18 ticks left on Piemont's unassisted tally, but Wheaton began the fourth with three unanswered goals in a 4:15 span for an 11-7 lead with 10:01 remaining. After the teams traded man-up tallies to make it 12-8, Sisler completed the scoring at 1:01.