Men's Lacrosse Falls To Wheaton, 7-5

Men's Lacrosse Falls To Wheaton, 7-5

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team lost to visiting Wheaton, 7-5, in a non-conference game at Cressy Field Wednesday.

The Lyons struck first, taking a 1-0 lead behind a goal from senior attacker Duncan Smith (Centerport, NY/Harborfields HS) with 10:24 remaining in the first quarter. Smith's tally was the lone goal of the first quarter of play. Wheaton added to their lead at the 5:34 mark of the second quarter with a goal from freshman attacker Matthew Hillman (Brookline, MA/Brookline HS), making it 2-0. The Corsairs answered back six seconds later when freshman attacker Connor Gaffney (Andover, MA/Andover HS) scored off an assist from sophomore attacker Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS), pulling UMD back to 2-1. The score remained 2-1 going into halftime.


With 5:31 left in thethird quarter, Gaffney registered his second goal of the game, again from a pass by Niden, cutting the Corsairs deficit to 3-2. Wheaton added two goals in the final 2:15 of the quarter. Hillman struck again at the 2:13 mark, and then Smith scored his second goal with 11 seconds to play in the quarter, pushing the Lyons lead to 5-2. At the start of the fourth quarter, Wheaton was called for a three-minute illegal stick penalty, resulting in a man-up opportunity. UMD capitalized on the opportunity, scoring three man-up goals in a 14 second span. Sophomore midfielder Todd Davis scored his first goal of the season, unassisted, at the 12:35 mark. On the ensuing face-off, sophomore midfielder Brad Bell won the face-off at took the ball all the way to the Wheaton goal and beat Lyons sophomore goalie Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, RI/Trinity Pawling HS) in less than nine seconds, making the score 5-4. The Corsairs tied the score seven seconds later when Bell won the face-off, streaked downfield and dropped off a pass for Niden, who whistled a shot into the top corner of the goal, pulling UMD even at 5-5 with 12:21 to play. Wheaton shook off the Corsair surge, and a goal from senior midfielder Charlie Willauer (Duxbury, MA/Proctor Academy) with 9:43 on the clock gave the Lyons a lead they wouldn't give up. Lyons junior midfielder Will Compton (Deering, NH/Proctor Academy) notched the final goal for Wheaton, en route to the 7-5 win.


"Wheaton showed up today and we didn't," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "They have a new coaching staff and they brought in some things that we didn't adjust to. Wheaton did a good job of controlling the offense and taking time off the clock. We didn't come out prepared to play today, and we weren't ready for their zone. We did improve from our game against Norwich, we played a lot better across the board, but we didn't execute offensively and they had a strong day from their goalkeeper. We have to work hard on Thursday and Friday and come out ready to play against Mount Ida on Saturday."

Gaffney led the Corsairs offensively with two goals and an assist. Niden, Davis and Bell each added a goal during the contest. Wheaton had five players score on the day. Hillman and Smith had two goals apiece, while Willauer, Compton and senior midfielder David Scroeder (Nashua, NH/Nashua North HS) each registered a goal. UMD sophomore goalie Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) made five saves, while Bramhall stopped 11 shots for Wheaton. The Corsairs outshot the Lyons, 35-18, during the contest.

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 1-1 with the loss, while Wheaton improved to 1-1 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Mount Ida Saturday afternoon. The Lyons will visit Roger Williams Saturday.         


                                                   UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE