Wheaton vs. Mit
April 23, 2008
The Game Story:
NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team clinched one of four Pilgrim League playoff spots thanks to Wednesday afternoon's 14-6 victory over visiting Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at Mirrione Stadium. Extending their winning streak to three games, the Lyons improve to 6-8 overall and 4-2 in league play, while the Engineers slip to 4-8 and 2-4.

After a slow start that witnessed zero scoring for nearly seven minutes, Wheaton exploded for five straight goals to end the first quarter and nine of the game's first 10 to carry a commanding 9-1 advantage into the intermission. Freshman Chris Landers (Manchester, MA/Proctor Academy), who paced the hosts with three goals and a trio of assists, broke the stalemate at 8:03 off a pass from sophomore Drew Schaffer (New Haven, CT/Loomis Chaffee School).

Schaffer tallied 31 seconds after Landers to make it 2-0, converting a feed from senior Richie Rasamny (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow), who became just the fourth Lyon in program history to record 50 goals and 50 assists in a career on the play. First-year Ben Cederberg (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) scored at 5:03 and classmate Duncan Smith (Centerport, NY/Harborfields) rattled off two in a row 2:17 apart for a 5-0 edge at the end of one.

MIT junior Ryan Ballentine (Simsbury, CT/Simsbury) tallied a man-up goal 27 seconds into the second quarter before Landers and freshman Bobby Barry (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) each scored twice for a 9-1 halftime lead. The Engineers didn't get any closer than seven the rest of the way, as the two teams found the back of the net five times each in the second half.

Smith led all scorers with four goals, while Barry, Cederberg and sophomore Warren Garceau (Guilford, CT/Canterbury School) had two goals apiece. Schaffer finished with a goal and two assists, while Cederberg and Rasamny each handed out a pair of helpers. Sophomore goalie Schuyler Horn (New Hartford, CT/Kingswood-Oxford School) was credited with 14 stops in the win.

Sophomore Corey Garvey (Garden City, NY/Garden City) and freshman Eric Zuk (Carlisle, MA/Concord-Carlisle Regional) notched two tallies apiece, while Ballentine had the goal and two helpers. Sophomore Garth Grove (Jarrettsville, MD/North Harford) had 12 saves in 56:20.

The Lyons host league foe Babson College on Saturday in their regular season finale at 1:00 p.m., as a win could force a three-way tie for second and put the Blue and White in position for a home playoff game.