NORTON, Mass. -- Sophomore Mike Abramo (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) notched a hat trick to lead Wheaton to 10-8 non-league college men’s lacrosse victory over UMass Dartmouth Friday afternoon at Nordin Field.
The two teams battled to a 2-2 draw after the opening 15 minutes of play before the host Lyons (3-1) took a 4-2 lead on goals by Abramo and senior Josh Talanian (Arlington, Mass.), but the visiting Corsairs (1-1) tallied three times in the final 1:49 of the half to take a 5-4 advantage at the break on sophomore Sawyer Gibbons’ (Sandwich, Mass.) man-up marker with 17 seconds to play before intermission. Freshman Kevin Swenson (Ipswich, Mass.) extended UMass Dartmouth’s edge to 6-4 nearly five minutes into the second half, but Wheaton took control of the contest with four scores in a six minute span to take an 8-6 lead heading into the final frame.
Sophomore Josh Souza (Sandwich, Mass.) pulled the visitors back to within one on a goal with 10:50 remaining in the match, but the Lyons iced their triumph on tallies off the sticks of senior CJ Leighton (Falmouth, Mass.) and freshman Alex Berg (Southport, Conn.) in a 27 second span midway through the fourth quarter. Junior Mike Rizzo’s (Bridgewater, Mass.) marker with 1:44 to play accounted for the final margin, as the Corsairs had chances in the closing minute but were unable to capitalize.
Senior Matt Morgan (York, Maine) netted a pair of goals and added two assists for four points in the win for Wheaton, which received a pair of tallies and a helper from Talanian as well as two markers from Leighton. Berg chipped in with an assist to go with his score for the Lyons, who received single helpers off the sticks of sophomores Teg Cosgriff (Madison, Conn.) and Gil Bach (Sandwich, Mass.).
Rizzo netted his second hat trick of the season in the setback for UMass Dartmouth, which received a pair of tallies from junior Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.). Swenson picked up both of the Corsair assists to finish with three points on the afternoon, as Wheaton held a 47-40 overall edge in shots but each squad registered 22 shots on goal for the contest.
Junior Chandler Miller (West Linn, Ore.) picked up the win in goal for the Lyons with a 14-save effort, while junior Ted McCaffery (Pepperell, Mass.) made 12 stops in the setback for the Corsairs. Wheaton held an 18-3 advantage in the face-off circle and a 32-20 edge in ground balls on the day.
UMass Dartmouth travels to Franklin, Mass. on Monday afternoon to take on Dean in a non-league outing at 3:30 pm, while Wheaton will be idle until Saturday, March 16th when the Lyons head into Boston to take on Wentworth in a non-league clash beginning at Noon.
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)