NORTON, Mass. – Trailing 11-7 heading into the fourth quarter, the Beacons notched three unanswered goals over the final frame, but fell just short as the Lyons of Wheaton College slipped past lacrosse by the final of 11-10 Tuesday evening at Nordin Field.
UMass Boston 10, Wheaton College 11
UMass Boston (4-5)
Wheaton College (4-5)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a five goal third quarter gave the Lyons the slim four goal lead, the Beacons attack got to work quickly in the fourth. Josh Holmes (Weymouth, Mass.), who had two goals and two assists, registered a man-up goal less than two minutes in. Clay Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) then made it a two-goal affair three minutes later to cap-off a three-goal day for the junior transfer.
Unfortunately, that early surge would not last, as the Lyons defense held the Beacons at bay for the next 10 minutes. UMB would register their final goal with 24 seconds left in the contest with Adam Cariveau (Hudson, Mass.) scoring his first and only marker of the night.
The deciding goal for the Lyons came from Josh Talanian with less than two minutes to play in the third. Matt Morgan led the Lyons with four goals, while Ryan Gjerset posted a game-high five points (3g, 2a).
Despite the loss, Alex Surette (Melrose, Mass.) posted another strong showing as he registered 13 stops in the non-conference decision. His Wheaton counterpart, Chandler Miller finished with eight stops. Matt Murphy (Watertown, Mass.) finished 14-for-21 on the face-off "X", while defensively Jack Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) collected two of the team's nine caused turnovers to go along with 10 ground balls, and a goal.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Tuesday's contest marked the first meeting between two the teams since the 2015 season
- All-time UMass Boston is 5-7 against Wheaton College
- In just his second game back from injury senior Calvin Lee (Hopkinton, Mass.) registered two goals
- The Beacons finished with a combined 31 ground balls and were 17-for-25 on face-off attempts
- UMass Boston special teams finished 3-for-6 on man-up attempts
The Beacons will travel to Eastern Connecticut State University on Sunday for a 1 p.m. conference game.