Wheaton Edges Lacrosse In Non-Conference Shootout

Wheaton Edges Lacrosse In Non-Conference Shootout

BOSTON, Mass. – A late fourth quarter rally by the Beacons fell just short as the visiting Lyons of Wheaton College managed to hang on to hand UMB a 13-11 loss Tuesday evening at James Cotter Field.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 11, Wheaton College 13

UMass Boston (4-4)
Wheaton College (6-2)

HOW IT HAPPENED

After the Lyons rattled-off six straight goals to take a commanding 13-8 lead the Beacons attack tried to rally over the final seven minutes of regulation.  UMB cut the deficit to four thanks to a Conor Lenfest (Waltham, Mass.) unassisted goal.  After a wild four plus minutes, the Beacons finally got their offense going thanks to the Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) brothers.  Clay made it a three-goal affair with 1:29 to play off-of a feed from his brother Kroy.

Moments later, the two switched roles to make it only two score contest with 45 seconds remaining in regulation.  Unfortunately, the Beacons late run was stopped on the ensuing face-off, as the Lyons managed to keep the ball away just long enough to clinch the victory.

Despite the loss, the Beacons played one more complete games of the 2018 season against another tough NEWMAC opponent.  UMass Boston managed to weather an early run by the Lyons, and countered it with a 4-0 second quarter to take a 5-4 lead into the halftime intermission.

UMB carried that momentum into the third, as they pushed their lead to two (6-4) on an early Lenfest score.  Wheaton quickly responded with a goal from CJ Leighton.  Clay Arnold made it 7-5 with 11:41 to play in the third to give, the Beacons some breathing room.

However, the Lyons would come roaring back with Matt Morgan leading the charge.  Wheaton closed out the third frame with a 3-0 run to take an 8-7 lead into the fourth and final quarter.

Joe Mauceri (Scituate, Mass.) responded with UMB's eighth goal of the night to even the score at 8-8 with just over 13 minutes remaining in regulation.  Despite the early score, UMB's defense could not contain the Wheaton attack, which scored five straight goals over a six-minute span to take a 13-8 lead.

Clay Arnold led the Beacons with three goals and two assists, while Kroy Arnold and Lenfest each finished with two goals and two assists.  Mauceri finished with a team-high three goals as well.

Josh Talanian and Matt Morgan each led the Lyons with four goals.  Talanian also had two assists for a game-high six points, while Morgan added one assist, three ground balls, and a game-high four caused turnovers to his stat line.

Jack Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) registered one assist in the loss and led UMB with nine ground balls and four caused turnovers.  Tommy Selander (Milford, Mass.) also had a strong game for the Beacons defense, as he tallied five ground balls.  Jacob Sinclair-Steeves (North Reading, Mass.) took ever face-off for the Beacons and was 15-for-27 on the dot, and had six ground balls.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • The Lyons outshot the Beacons 47-37 and held a 40-35 advantage in ground balls
  • Alex Surette (Melrose, Mass.) was handed his first loss of the year despite make 10 of the Beacons 13 saves
  • Wheaton finished 15-for-22 on clear attempts, while UMB was 11-for-19
  • All-time Wheaton leads the series with the Beacons 8-5
  • Thursday's contest marked the first time that the Lyons traveled to harbor campus since April 11, 2000

WHO'S NEXT

The Beacons will open conference play this Saturday at the University of Southern Maine.  Start time is scheduled for 1 p.m.