Springfield vs. Wheaton
April 12, 2003
The Game Story:
SPRINGFIELD, MA- The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team fell behind early and never recovered, as Springfield College used 10 second-quarter goals to put away the Lyons, 25-7 in Pilgrim League action on Benedum Field. With the loss, the Blue and White are now 2-6 overall and 1-1 in the league, while the Pride improve to 5-4 on the year and 2-0 in the Pilgrim.

Springfield started the game by scoring five consecutive goals, two by sophomore Adam Cost (Camillus, NY/West Genesee), over the first 10:36 of the first quarter. Wheaton added its first goal with 1:01 to play, when junior Zak Putnam (Cape Elizabeth, ME/Cape Elizabeth) received a feed from senior J.J. Velez (New York, NY/South Kent School) to pull Wheaton within four goals.

The Pride put the game out of reach in the second period. SC took an 8-1 advantage before sophomore Paul Leonard (East Grand Rapids, MI/East Grand Rapids) gave Wheaton its second goal with 8:11 to play in the stanza. Springfield then scored seven of the game's next eight goals to close out the half with a 15-3 lead. Freshman Taylor Brown (Portsmouth, RI/Governor Dummer) led the way, scoring three goals while adding an assist in that time frame.

The Lyons added three third-quarter goals, including two by Velez to make the score 18-6 with 7:14 remaining in the quarter. SC then added seven unanswered goals to extend its advantage to 25-7. It was not until 15 seconds remained when the Blue and White scored again, as junior Scott Liston (Plainfield, NH/Kimball Union) recorded the Lyons' final tally.

For Wheaton, Velez finished with two goals and an assist, while Brown and Cost led the Pride with seven and four goals, respectively. Junior Paul Purdy (Brewster, NY/Brewster) also added two goals and three assists in the win. In goal for the Lyons, senior Mac Jackson (Brooklin, ME/George Stevens Academy) and junior Bryant Denny (Fair Haven, NJ/Rumson-Fair Haven) split halves while combining for 17 saves. Sophomore P.J. Rovinelli (Framingham, MA/Framingham) and freshman Alex Graham (Ipswich, MA/Governor Dummer) shared time and totaled 12 stops for the Pride.

Wheaton returns to action on Tuesday, as the Lyons host Babson College in a Pilgrim League contest starting at 4:00 p.m.