Wheaton Tops MIT, 14-7, in Pilgrim Semifinal
April 30, 2009
By Wheaton College Sports Information
NORTON, Mass. - In its first appearance in the Pilgrim Lacrosse League Tournament since 2001, the No. 3 seeded MIT men's lacrosse team fell to No. 2 Wheaton College, 14-7, on Wednesday. Ryan Ballentine led the Engineers (7-8) with two goals and two assists as Dylan Roden posted two goals, an assist, and four groundballs. Neil Zimmerman tallied one goal and five groundballs while Corey Garvey and Eric Zuk each contributed four groundballs. Patrick Shannon added five groundballs as Garth Grove collected 11 saves.
Warren Garceau provided the hosts with a 1-0 lead not even three minutes into the contest, connecting on a feed from Ben Cederberg at 12:04. The first quarter's final two goals came in a 10-second span. Ballentine found Zimmerman for a game-tying score at 1:10, but at the one-minute mark, Cederberg assisted Chris Landers, giving the Lyons a 2-1 edge heading into the second period.
After the two teams exchanged goals to start the second, Wheaton scored the next two over 2:59, including Landers' second tally at 2:47, to make the score 5-2. With 12 ticks on the clock, Ballentine brought the Engineers to within two on a pass from Roden.
Roden kept the pressure on by scoring 55 seconds into the third and narrowing MIT's deficit to 5-4 before the Lyons gained control. Wheaton went on a 5-0, period-ending run to secure a comfortable 10-4 advantage. Landers began the flurry by picking up the hat trick at 9:33 before eventually capping the stretch with his fourth goal at the 11-second mark. Cederberg, Garceau and Conor Finn also found the back of the net during the run.
The hosts stayed on the attack to begin the fourth, as the nation's eighth-best man-up offense converted at 14:09, with Cederberg assisting Billy McNamara for an 11-4 Lyon advantage. The Engineers narrowed the gap with a three-goal spurt that spanned almost four minutes. Shannon started the run by setting up Ballentine, which was followed by an unassisted goal from Roden. Ballentine then found Ernie Park for a man-up strike to cap the run. Wheaton countered with three goals of its own, including the last two on man-up opportunities. McNamara had back-to-back tallies in a 1:50 span, while Landers wrapped up the scoring at 2:54.