Wheaton vs. New Haven
April 2, 2002
The Game Story:
NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team used a huge first half to put New Haven away early, as the Lyons posted an 18-4 non-conference triumph Tuesday afternoon on Elms field. Winners of two straight games, Wheaton improves to 4-2 overall, while the Chargers, suffering their second consecutive loss, drop to 1-4 on the season.

The game was decided early in the first half, as the Lyons jumped out to a 14-2 halftime lead. Wheaton was able to hold New Haven off the board for most of the first period. The Lyons posted the first five goals before the Chargers found the back of the net. Wheaton scored the majority of its goals in the second period, led by sophomore Evan Carbotti (Newport RI, Portsmouth Abby), who notched three of his four tallies. The Lyon attack was relentless, as they posted nine goals in the second stanza to take a commanding 12-goal lead at the break.

Ten different Wheaton players registered goals on the afternoon, including sophomore Zak Putnam's (Cape Elizabeth, ME/Cape Elizabeth) monster day, matching Carbotti with four goals while dishing out three assists. Rounding out the attack was junior Zach Hurd (Bath, ME/Hyde School) with a goal and an assist. Sophomore midfielder Chris Milligan (Madison, CT/Daniel Hand) had two goals and an assist, while classmate Scott Liston (Plainfield, NH/Kimball Union) chipped in with a pair of goals.

The other goal scorers for the Lyons were junior J.J. Velez (New York, NY/South Kent), sophomores Marc Segien (Boxford, MA/Masconomet) and Nick Pratt-Mandelstein (San Francisco, CA/Hyde School) and first-year athletes Ryan Melnikas (N. Andover, MA/N Andover) and Trevor Ogden (New Canaan, CT/The Gunnery School). For New Haven, senior tri-captain Jim Hufnagel (Northvale, NJ) and freshman Sean Bumstead (Coram, NY) contributed two goals apiece in the loss. Wheaton goaltenders Bryant Denny (Fair Haven, NJ/Rumson-Fair Haven) and Mac Jackson (Brooklin, ME/George Stevens) split time to record the win. Charger goalie Phil Goldberg (Yorktown, NY) recorded 20 saves in the loss.

Wheaton will travel to Lasell this Saturday for their Pilgrim League opener at 1:00 p.m.