Wheaton vs. Western New England
March 25, 2006
The Game Story:
NORTON, MA- Behind four goals from senior Taylor Jackson (Middlesex,
VT/Union 32), the Wheaton College men's lacrosse team stood tied at
five with nationally-ranked Western New England College late in the
third quarter on Saturday before allowing the game's final five goals
in a 10-5 loss at Mirrione Stadium during each team's Pilgrim League
opener. The Lyons fell to 1-4-1 while WNEC, which is tied for 17th in
the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll,
is 5-1.

Jackson scored Wheaton's first four goals on the afternoon, giving
the Lyons their last lead with 10:44 remaining in the opening half
after intercepting a pass on the defensive end, running the length of
the field and burying his second goal for a 2-1 Wheaton advantage.
However, the Golden Bears tallied at 6:21 and 2:34 to take a 3-2 lead
into intermission.

WNEC took a two-goal lead just 21 seconds into the third quarter when
freshman defender Stephen Toomey (Northborough, MA/Algonquin
Regional) scored after streaking in from the midfield. However,
Jackson scored twice in a 1:13 span to knot the game at four with
6:35 to go. After the visitors retook the lead nine seconds later,
Wheaton senior Ellis Reavey (Longmeadow, MA/Longmeadow) tallied with
4:07 left, but WNEC senior Joe Cassani (Barre, VT/Spaulding) netted
the eventual game-winner at 2:43. The Golden Bears put the game away
with four fourth-quarter goals.

Wheaton sophomore Jeremy Beech (West Newbury, MA/Governor Dummer
Academy) finished with 14 saves, as WNEC held a 50-20 advantage in
shots, recording at least a dozen in each period. Cassani and juniors
Adam Cherry (Westfield, MA/Westfield) and Zack Sondrini (Pittsfield,
MA/Pittsfield) each finished with two goals for the Golden Bears,
while sophomore Bryan Cofrin (Londonderry, NH/Pinkerton Academy)
finished the afternoon with four assists. Sophomore Chris Body
(Newtown, CT/Newtown) stopped six shots.

Wheaton continues a three-game homestand against non-conference foe
Plymouth State University on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.