Strong First Half Pushes Wheaton (Mass.) over Men's Lacrosse, 10-7

Strong First Half Pushes Wheaton (Mass.) over Men's Lacrosse, 10-7

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Wheaton tallied six-straight goals over the first and second quarters to build an insurmountable lead over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, securing a 10-7 road win over the Corsairs at Cressy Field on Saturday.

The Basics
Score: Wheaton 10, UMass Dartmouth 7
Records: Wheaton (3-4) | UMass Dartmouth (1-4)

How it Happened
Only three Corsairs cracked the scoring column, with senior Anthony Gallo (Bridgewater, Mass.) totaling a team-high three goals with an assist. Freshman Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) and junior DJ Miller (Ashland, Mass.) both found the cage twice.

Wheaton's Scott Whear (Duxbury, Mass.) tallied a team-high three goals, with sophomore Matt Morgan (York, Maine) dishing out a game-high three helpers. The Lyons received a 16-save performance from freshman goalkeeper Colin Walsh (Simsbury, Conn.) to keep the Corsair attack at bay.

The Lyons' quick start in the opening quarter held throughout the contest. After Gallo's goal and following assist to Miller knotted the game at 2-all, Wheaton kept the Corsairs off the scoreboard for the remainder of the half while tacking on six goals. Ryan Gjerset (Austin, Texas) kicked off the streak with 6:23 remaining in the first quarter, and Griffin Phaneuf (Manchester, N.H.) combined with Whear to push the Lyon lead to 8-2 at half.

UMass Dartmouth wouldn't go quietly, and surged for its own four-goal stretch in the second half. All three goals of the third quarter went the Corsairs' way, with Prozinski bookending another Gallo score. Gallo broke through early in the fourth quarter to pull the hosts back within two, but Wheaton put the game out of reach with two tallies in 30 seconds. The Lyons maintained possession for most of the final nine minutes before Miller sent a long-distance laser past Walsh for the game's final goal.

Inside the Numbers

  • UMass Dartmouth could convert on only one of their six man-up chances on the contest, while Wheaton found the cage on it's only such opportunity for the game.
  • Wheaton sophomore Mike Doucette (Melrose, Mass.) went 13-for-20 on every single faceoff attempt for the Lyons, outdoing UMass Dartmouth's 7-for-20 performance.
  • Defensively, junior Matt Daly (Chelmsford, Mass.) again paced UMass Dartmouth with a pair of caused turnovers and five ground balls.
  • In net, goalkeeper Matt LaFond (Bridgewater, Mass.) turned aside eight shots, upping his season total to 84.

Up Next
The Corsairs look to get back on the winning track at Emmanuel on Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m., while Wheaton opens its NEWMAC slate next Saturday, April 1, playing host to Clark at 1 p.m.