April 24, 2008
Wheaton College Sports Information
NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team clinched one of four Pilgrim League playoff spots following a 14-6 victory over MIT on Wednesday. Extending their winning streak to three games, the Lyons improved to 6-8 overall and 4-2 in league play, while the Engineers slipped to 4-8 and 2-4.
After a scoreless opening seven minutes, Wheaton exploded for five straight goals to end the first quarter and nine of the game's first 10 to carry a commanding 9-1 advantage into the intermission. Chris Landers, who paced the hosts with three goals and a trio of assists, broke the stalemate at 8:03 off a pass from Drew Schaffer.
Schaffer tallied 31 seconds after Landers to make it 2-0, converting a feed from Richie Rasamny. Ben Cederberg scored at 5:03 and Duncan Smith rattled off two in a row 2:17 apart for a 5-0 edge at the end of one.
Ryan Ballentine tallied a man-up goal 27 seconds into the second quarter before Landers and Bobby Barry each scored twice for a 9-1 halftime lead. The Engineers didn't get any closer than seven the rest of the way, as the two teams found the back of the net five times each in the second half.
Smith led all scorers with four goals, while Barry, Cederberg and Warren Garceau had two goals apiece. Schaffer finished with a goal and two assists, while Cederberg and Rasamny each handed out a pair of helpers. Goalie Schuyler Horn was credited with 14 stops in the win.