April 22, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Four straight goals by Wheaton College that spanned the third and fourth quarters proved to be the difference as it fought off MIT for a 9-7 victory in a Pilgrim Lacrosse League game on Wednesday night. Neil Zimmerman registered a hat-trick for the Engineers (7-6, 4-2 Pilgrim) as Ben Cederberg tallied three goals and an assist for the Lyons (5-6, 5-1 Pilgrim).
Corey Garvey put the Cardinal and Gray on the board first after exactly two minutes expired. Cederberg found Chris Landers for the equalizer before Zimmerman connected on a pass from Garvey. Wheaton evened the contest at two when Marco Barbone set up Cederberg midway through the quarter. MIT responded with a pair goals as Ernie Park was a factor in both tallies. He first converted a feed from Ryan Ballentine and then earned the assist on Dylan Roden's strike with three seconds on the clock.
The Lyons countered with three unanswered goals in the second stanza which resulted in a 5-4 edge at the break. Drew Schaffer lit the lamp at the 10:04 mark. On the ensuing faceoff, Warren Garceau scooped up the groundball and found Cederberg for the marker just six seconds later. Jeff Gomer capped the first-half scoring with a man-up goal.
Zimmerman and Roden ended MIT's scoring drought with back-to-back strikes early in the third quarter to go ahead, 6-5. Wheaton quickly knotted the game courtesy of an extra-man goal from Cederberg that was set up by Mike Harrington. Gomer then gave the Lyons the lead for good on an unassisted blast with 2:07 on the clock.
The majority of the fourth quarter was a defensive battle until Wheaton's Duncan Smith registered what proved to be the game-winning goal with 3:31 remaining in regulation. Schaffer tacked on an unassisted goal just over a minute later. The Engineers continued to attack, as Zimmerman connected on a pass from Garvey with 1:47 left to play. MIT was awarded an extra-man opportunity with 1:21 to go, but the Lyons' defense thwarted any hopes of a late rally.
Garvey posted one goal, two assists, and four groundballs as Roden notched two goals. Park registered a goal and an assist while Patrick Shannon paced the Engineers with five groundballs. Ebbe Strathairn added four groundballs as Garth Grove collected 12 saves.
In addition to his game-high scoring performance, Cederberg compiled four groundballs. Gomer and Schaffer both recorded two goals as Gomer tallied eight groundballs. Cody Powers and Garceau each contributed five groundballs while Schuyler Horn stopped six shots.
Both squads will conclude conference play on Saturday, April 25. MIT will travel to Springfield College while Wheaton will visit Babson College.