April 25, 2012

Men's Lacrosse Falls to Wheaton, 10-5

NORTON, Mass. – An 8-1 run that spanned the second and third quarters propelled Wheaton College to a 10-5 win over MIT in a Pilgrim Lacrosse League game on Wednesday afternoon. Senior Ernie Park (Plainsboro, N.J.) earned four assists with three coming on goals by freshman Bill Kelleher (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Park set up junior Sean Burke (Centennial, Colo.) for the first goal of the game just two minutes in but the Lyons tallied the equalizer on an extra-man opportunity shortly thereafter. The deadlock would hold until the 13:56 mark in the second quarter when Wheaton recorded the first of four straight goals to claim a 5-1 lead. The Engineers ended their scoring drought with 29 seconds remaining before the intermission courtesy of a solo strike by sophomore Ben Hessels (Laytonsville, Md.).

The first six minutes of the third stanza were a defensive battle before Wheaton generated another four-goal spurt that increased its margin to 9-2. MIT's offense found its rhythm early in the fourth quarter when the Kelleher-Park tandem registered back-to-back goals two minutes apart. The hosts capped their scoring midway through the frame while Park and Kelleher collaborated for the final marker of the game.

Senior Bryan Beller (Dix Hills, N.Y.) posted four groundballs and three caused turnovers while sophomore Tim Wilczynski (Old Lyme, Conn.) notched three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Park bolstered the defense with four groundballs as junior Christopher Rullan (Wexford, Pa.) totaled eight saves and five groundballs.

MIT (6-7, 2-3 Pilgrim) concludes the regular season by hosting conference foe Clark University on Saturday, April 28.