REVERE, Mass. – Despite a close first half, the Lyndon State College men's lacrosse team cruised to a 17-6 victory over Wheelock College Tuesday evening.
Wheelock got on the board first just 27 seconds into the contest as Luke McKinnon (Cambridge, Mass.) struck off a feed from Jared Trainor (Franklin, Mass.). Lyndon's Konner Bick (North Syracuse, N.Y.) evened things up but Josh Simmons (Braintree, Mass.) put the home team back in front after a scramble in front of the net fortuitously wound up in the Wildcats favor. Still, sophomore Spencer Aubin (Sharon, Mass.) and Bick netted back-to-back goals only 29 seconds apart to send the Hornets into the second period ahead 3-2.
Two more quick goals early in the second put the Hornets up 5-2 before Trainor pulled one back off a pass from McKinnon. The sides then traded scores as a long run by Connor Mahoney (Sandwich, Mass.) ended in a strike that had Wheelock within two at 6-4. That was as close as the home team would get as Aubin and senior Adam Peeler (Wilton, N.H.) added two goals in the final minute of the half as the Hornets took an 8-4 advantage into the break.
Wheelock struck first in the third when Trainor utilized a man advantage to cut the deficit to 8-5. Lyndon answered by netting four straight goals, including two from junior Kendrick Mills (Bellows Falls, Vt.) to make it 12-5 heading into the final quarter.
The Hornets continued to pull away in the final quarter as they added four more scores before McKinnon got one back for the home team. Aubin closed the scoring with 6:27 on the clock to make it a 17-6 final tally.
Aubin led the Hornets as he racked up a game-high seven points on a hat trick and four assists. Mills poured in five goals while Bick contributed four. Junior Logan Parenti (Salem, N.H.) led the squad with 10 ground balls and sophomore Brandon Hunter (Glastonbury, Conn.) had a team-best five caused turnovers. Senior goalie Marcus Bessette (Pembroke, N.H.) earned the win with seven stops.
The Wildcats were led by McKinnon and Trainor who each recorded three points on two goals and an assist apiece. Simmons and Mahoney had the other two scores while Mahoney racked up nine ground balls and a game-best six caused turnovers. Sophomore Gary Broad (Shelton, Conn.) scooped a game-high 11 ground balls and added three caused turnovers. Josh DiMassa (Branford, Conn.) took the loss in net while making 14 saves.
The Hornets (7-4, 3-0 NAC) head to New England College on Thursday to get back to North Atlantic Conference action.
Wheelock (2-10, 0-3 NECC) closes out their regular season Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. when they host New England Collegiate Conference foe Daniel Webster.