Wheaton vs. Colby
March 25, 2010
The Game Story:
NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team's comeback bid during its home opener against visiting Colby College on Thursday afternoon fell short, as the Lyons closed to within one late in the fourth period before succumbing to the Mules, 10-7.

Wheaton falls to 1-2 in its first action in two weeks, while Colby, which has seen five of its six games decided by three goals or fewer, snapped its two-game slide to improve to 3-3.

Juniors Ben Cederberg (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) and Chris Landers (Manchester, MA/Proctor Academy) paced the hosts with two goals apiece, with Landers adding two assists, while seniors Warren Garceau (Guilford, CT/Canterbury School) and Drew Schaffer (New Haven, CT/Loomis Chaffee School) added a tally and a helper apiece. Classmate Schuyler Horn (New Hartford, CT/Kingswood-Oxford School) had 10 stops between the pipes.

Senior Whit McCarthy (Darien, CT/Darien) recorded a hat trick for the Mules, while seven others tallied once each, including junior Mark Squicciarino (Titusville, NJ/Hopewell Valley), who also assisted a goal. Sophomore Jonathan McIvor (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) and freshman Greg McKillop (Washington, DC/Saint Albans School) provided two helpers each.

Junior Craig Bunker (Topsfield, MA/Masconomet Regional) was impressive at the center line, going 16-for-18 on face-offs while picking up 11 ground balls. Senior goalie Tom Gianakos (Simsbury, CT/Avon Old Farms School) finished with seven saves.

The Mules jetted out to a 4-0 advantage by 14:44 of the second quarter, as McCarthy's second marker of the day came on a man-up opportunity. Wheaton junior Bobby Barry (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) cracked the scoreboard at 8:54 of the second, but the visitors pushed their lead back to four just 44 ticks later. Landers gave the Lyons some momentum heading into the break with a goal at the 21.2-second mark, bringing Wheaton to within three at 5-2.

After Landers' second goal 4:31 into the second half closed the gap to 5-3, the Blue and White stayed within two tallies until the final 23.2 seconds of the game. Cederberg's strike midway through the third period made the score 5-4, but Wheaton couldn't find the tying marker, as the teams exchanged goals until the Mules scored twice in the final 1:28 of the contest. After going 0-for-1 on first-half man-up chances, the Lyons went 3-for-4 in the second half.