Wheaton Holds Off MIT, 7-4

Sophomore Chris Cook
Sophomore Chris Cook

BOSTON, Mass. – The MIT men's lacrosse team produced three goals in the fourth quarter but it would not be enough as Wheaton College held on for a 7-4 win in a Pilgrim Lacrosse League game on Wednesday night. Sophomore Chris Cook (Tully, N.Y.) paced the Engineers (3-7, 1-3 Pilgrim) with two goals and an assist.

Sophomore Jake Slonaker (West Windsor, N.J.) and freshman Graham Francis (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) both added a goal to MIT's cause. Junior Britt Cyr (Cincinnati, Ohio) won seven of his 11 faceoff attempts and registered a team-high five groundballs while freshman Paul Orrson (Baltimore, Md.) added four groundballs. Freshman Nick Uhlenhuth (Louisville, Ky.) chipped in three groundballs as senior Christopher Rullan (Wexford, Pa.) totaled eight saves and three groundballs.

The early stages of the game were a defensive battle until Wheaton broke through at the 5:18 mark and then extended its lead over three minutes later. The Lyons found the back of the net after 3:16 elapsed in the second stanza but MIT responded with an unassisted marker by Francis to narrow the gap to two (3-1) with 9:40 on the clock. Wheaton then gained some breathing room courtesy of a man-up strike with 3:24 left in the half.

The Engineers outshot the Lyons, 7-6, in the third quarter but Wheaton came up with six saves while scoring twice to go up 6-1. MIT ended its second-half scoring drought when Slonaker connected on a feed from Cook just over four minutes into the final frame. The Lyons registered a man-down strike midway through the quarter while Cook wrapped up the scoring with back-to-back goals.

MIT continues conference play on the road at Clark University on Saturday, April 27.