Wheaton vs. Babson
April 15, 2003
The Game Story:
Wheaton drops first home game of season; Lyons fall to Babson, 9-3

NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team dropped its first home game of the season in a 9-3 loss to Pilgrim League rival Babson College Tuesday afternoon at Elms field. With the loss, the Lyons fall to 1-2 in league play and now stand at 2-7 on the season. Winners in six of their last seven games, the Beavers remain undefeated in Pilgrim play with three wins and now carry a 7-3 record.

The first period was a low scoring affair, as Babson junior John Morrell (Wilton, CT/Wilton) tallied the only goal with a single tick left on the clock. The Beavers took a commanding lead in the second period, outscoring the Lyons 4-1 in the stanza. Morrell tallied another score early in the second and junior Brian Collins (Needham, MA/ St. Sebastian's) added two goals in the quarter. Wheaton junior midfielder Chris Milligan (Madison, CT/Daniel Hand) had the only first-half goal for the home team.

The third period resembled the first, only this time it was Babson that was shutout. Milligan scored the quarter's only goal with less than a minute gone by, cutting the deficit to 5-2. The fourth period started out promising for Wheaton, as junior Zak Putnam (Cape Elizabeth, ME/Cape Elizabeth) tallied a goal at the 11:41 mark to bring the Beaver lead down to two goals.

Senior Todd MacDowell (Wayland, MA/The Rivers School) scored with just over eight minutes left and then netted another goal just a minute later to give Babson some breathing room late in the contest. The Beavers tacked on two more goals late in the game to seal the victory.

Babson had four players record two goals apiece, as Collins led the way with two scores and two helpers. Senior James Flavin (Littleton, CO/Cherry Creek), MacDowell and Morrell also scored two goals for the Beavers. Milligan led the Lyons with two goals.

Wheaton junior goalie Bryant Denny (Fair Haven, NJ/Rumson-Fair Haven) made 14 saves, while senior Paul Defina (Concord, MA/Concord-Carlisle) stopped 14 shots for the Beavers.

Wheaton will head back on the road to play MIT this Friday in a Pilgrim League contest scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.