Bears Fall to Lyons in NEWMAC Quarterfinals

Garett Magill
Garett Magill

NORTON, Mass. - Wheaton came back from an early 1-0 deficit to top Coast Guard 3-1 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) quarterfinals.

The Bears finish the season 9-6-3 overall while the Lyons improve their record to 11-6-2 and will face Babson in the NEWMAC semifinals on Saturday, November 5th. 

Coast Guard jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead as junior Luke Telang beat his defender down the left side and hit a cross that found the feet of sophomore Garett Magill just inside the box. Magill took a touch and fired a shot on goal that deflected off a Wheaton defender and into the left corner just 22 seconds into the match for his first goal of the year. 

The Lyons answered in the ninth minute when junior Louis Chavez headed a ball back across goal to freshman Roni Diniz who one timed it into the back of the net for his 14th goal of the year knotting the score at one. 

Wheaton took the lead with four second left in the half after a long throw was sent into a mass of players in the Bears penalty box. Freshman Sean Hurlburt was flicked the ball on and found senior Kevin Davis for the eventual game winner giving the Lyons a 2-1 lead going into the intermission. 

Davis made it a two goal advantage in the 68th minute as Diniz found David with a through ball on the right side of the Coast Guard penalty box. Davis took a touch and fired a shot into the left corner for his seventh goal of the year. 

Junior Jake Sorenson (5-3-2) made six saves on nine shots on goal. 

Erik Wisniewski made five saves on six shots on goal. Wisniewski is fourth in the conference with 50 saves on the year.

The Bears return 22 players next season to a team that climbed too 11th in the regional rankings and qualified for the NEWMAC tournament for the fourth time in five years.

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