Lasell vs. Wheaton
April 6, 2002
The Game Story:
NEWTON, MA- The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team lost in the final seconds of play to Lasell Saturday afternoon in the Pilgrim League opener for both teams. Freshman Louis Luchetti (Newton, MA) netted the game winner with five seconds to play to propel the Lasers past the Lyons. Wheaton drops to 4-3 overall, including 0-1 in league play, while the Lasers remain unbeaten at 6-0.

Lasell jumped out to an early lead that placed Wheaton in a rut from the start. Junior Mike Norton (Cape Elizabeth, ME) had two of his three goals in the opening period to put the Lasers ahead 4-1 after the first break. Lasell extended its lead in the second period, racing to an 8-3 advantage at the intermission. Sophomore Scott Liston (Plainfield, NH/Kimball Union) scored two goals for Wheaton in the opening half.

Wheaton was able to reverse its fortunes in the third period, as the Lyons defense tightened up, holding the Lasers scoreless in the period. The Blue and White exploded for nine unanswered goals in the frame to capture the lead at 12-8 heading into the final period. Sophomore midfielder Chris Milligan (Madison, CT/Daniel Hand) scored all three of his goals during the stretch and junior Zach Hurd (Bath, ME/Hyde School) tallied a hat-trick of his own.

The final frame however would be dominated by the Lasers, with Lasell scoring the first two goals to cut the deficit to 12-10. Wheaton senior Loring Rowe (Newport, RI/Pomfret) pushed the visitors margin to three goals at 13-10 with 8:53 to play, but that's all the scoring the Lyons would see, as the Lasers tallied four unanswered goals, including Luchetti's late-game heroics.

Wheaton picked up a goal and two assists from sophomore Zak Putnam (Cape Elizabeth, ME/Cape Elizabeth) and one goal apiece from sophomores Evan Carbotti (Newport RI, Portsmouth Abbey) and Mike Brunhoffer (Westfield, NJ/Westfield). The Lasers were led by Norton, junior Dave McInnis (Farmingdale, NY), and junior Mark Marquart (Clifton, NJ), all of whom recorded hat- tricks. Wheaton goaltenders Bryant Denny (Fair Haven, NJ/Rumson-Fair Haven) and Mac Jackson (Brooklin, ME/George Stevens) split time, making nine and seven saves, respectively. Laser goalie Paul Lively (Frederick, MA) recorded 19 stops in the victory.

The Wheaton men step out of league play Tuesday afternoon, as the Lyons stay on the road for a game with Salve Regina, beginning at 4:00 p.m.