Wheaton Edges Men's Lacrosse, 11-9, In Pilgrim League Semifinals

Lyons halt Beavers' impressive late-season charge.


Matt Harrington '09 had three assists at Wheaton.

April 30, 2008

BABSON PARK, Mass. - Sophomore goalkeeper Schuyler Horn (New Hartford, CT/Kingswood-Oxford School) made several big saves among his dozen in leading the second-seeded Wheaton College men's lacrosse team to an 11-9 victory over number-three Babson College in a Pilgrim League Tournament semifinal contest on Wednesday in Mirrione Stadium. The Lyons, now 8-8 after winning their fifth straight game, hosted their first Pilgrim tourney contest since 1998 and picked up the program's initial conference tournament victory in five tries. Wheaton will take part in its first Pilgrim League Tournament championship game since 1996 when it travels to top-seeded Springfield College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Beavers end their season at 6-10.

Three goals were scored during the opening 4:56 of the first quarter, with Wheaton grabbing a 2-1 edge, before the offenses slowed down. Sophomore Drew Schaffer's (New Haven, CT/Loomis Chaffee School) marker 3:27 into the second made it 3-1, and Babson countered with two scores in a 1:41 span to knot the contest with 7:58 remaining in the first half. However, freshman Chris Landers (Manchester, MA/Proctor Academy) put Wheaton back out in front 45 seconds later. Despite being marked tightly, Babson sophomore long-stick Shane Farrell (West Warwick, RI) tied the game 2:14 before halftime, but Landers tallied with 32.3 to go to put Wheaton up for good.

By late in the third quarter, Wheaton had edged out to an 8-5 lead, but the teams fought through a frenzied first 2:25 of the fourth, and Babson trailed just 9-8. Junior Matt Enright (Bristol, RI/Milton Academy) scored 18 seconds after the opening draw before sophomore Tim Horan (Cheshire, CT/Cheshire) countered exactly one minute later to reestablish Wheaton's three-goal lead. However, Beaver freshman Armand Wilson (Fairfield, CT/Avon) found the back of the net 23 ticks after that, and Enright made it a one-goal contest with 12:35 to go.

 

 

From there, neither team scored for nearly seven minutes until Lyon senior Richie Rasamny (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) scored on a man-up opportunity with 5:47 to go, and freshman Ben Cederberg (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) continued to create breathing room for Wheaton 33 seconds later. Senior Jason Wellemeyer (Pembroke, MA/Catholic Memorial) tallied off of junior Matt Harrington's (Hanover, MA/Thayer Academy) third assist of the period with 3:31 remaining to bring Babson within 11-9, but the Beavers got no closer.

Landers and Schaffer finished with a hat trick apiece, while Rasamny turned in two goals and two assists. He is now ninth at Wheaton with 114 career points and became the fourth player with 60 goals and 50 assists. Cederberg also scored twice, while Horn made a number of point-blank stops, turning aside five shots in the first quarter and four in the fourth to record his seventh victory of the season.

Enright and Wellemeyer tallied two goals and one assist apiece for Babson, while Wilson scored twice. Harrington turned in three assists, while junior Max Owen (Hamilton, NJ/The Pennington School) made five saves during nearly 42 minutes of relief in goal.

The loss ended an impressive late-season charge for Babson, which rebounded from an 0-7 start against a tough non-league schedule to win five straight and six of its last nine. The Pilgrim League Tournament berth was the eighth straight for the program.

NOTE: Taken from a Wheaton College press release.

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