Wheaton Defeats MIT For NEWMAC Crown
Nov. 7, 2005
Wheaton College Sports Information
NORTON, Mass. - Jeff Shea posted his first career multiple-goal game in Sunday's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championship game, leading No. 1 seed Wheaton College past No. 7 MIT, 3-0. The title game marked the third time Wheaton and MIT met for the conference crown, with the Lyons winning the two previous encounters in 2001 and 2003. The Engineers finish their season with a record of 9-9.
Despite numerous scoring opportunities from the Lyons (13-4-2) in the opening half, the teams remained deadlocked at the intermission. A header off the crossbar from Justin Hart five minutes into the contest provided Wheaton's first chance. With 26:15 remaining in the first stanza, MIT's Joshua Campoverde had a breakaway down the right side of the field, but Wheaton keeper David Croft made a tremendous save to keep the game scoreless.
The Lyons had multiple chances in the final 10 minutes of the half, including a negated goal by Dan Lane due to a Wheaton foul and a header off the crossbar from Trevor Cote. Cameron Habib also had an opportunity to put the Lyons on the board, but his shot was denied by Tech goalie Thomas Caldwell.
In the second half, on a free kick from James Greenslit, Shea took a header from Cote and drove his shot into the right side of the net in the 49th minute. Shea's second goal at 71:40 was also a direct result of a Greenslit free kick. Greenslit passed the ball to Ian Walker on the left side of the box, and Walker sent a short cross to Shea who finished the sequence with a header. Wheaton's third goal came on a bicycle kick from Chris Sentance in the 84th minute. Habib found Sentance in the top left of the box, who placed his shot past Caldwell into the right side of the goal.
Croft turned aside four shots while Caldwell accounted for four stops.