REVERE, Mass. - In their regular season finale, the Wheelock College men's lacrosse team hosted New England Collegiate Conference foe Daniel Webster College on Senior Night. The Eagles went on to win 14-3, improving to 6-5 on the season and 2-1 in the NECC. The Wildcats close the season with a 2-11 record, 0-4 in conference.
Before the game, Wheelock senior Eddie Romero (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) was honored for his career with the team. Romero appeared in 22 games, racking up program records with 54 points and 17 assists. His 37 goals are good for second all-time.
In the first quarter, Daniel Webster owned the opening period with the first four goals including a pair by rookie Sean Donahue (Merrimack, N.H.). Still, Wheelock got on the board just under the minute mark when Romero struck off a feed from freshman Jared Trainor (Franklin, Mass.).
That was as close as the home team would get as the visitors blanked them in the second period, pouring in five more goals. Four different Eagles got on the scoring sheet while sophomore Tre Mason (Kelowna, B.C.) scored twice both on passes from classmate Gavin Abbott (Binghamton, N.Y.) as they took a 9-1 lead into the break.
With just under six minutes to play in the third, Trainor found the back of the net after a series of quick passes to make it 11-2 but the visitors had an answer from Mason at the 1:38 mark to make it 12-2 heading into the final quarter.
In the fourth period, Daniel Webster made it 14-2 before rookie Luke McKinnon (Cambridge, Mass.) closed the scoring with 47 seconds on the clock.
The Wildcats were led by Trainor who had three points on a goal and two assists. Romero added a score and a helper while McKinnon rounded out the scoring with a goal. Sophomore Gary Broad (Shelton, Conn.) had a team-high nine ground balls and added six caused turnovers. Junior Connor Mahoney (Sandwich, Mass.) recorded a game-high seven caused turnovers. Sophomore Josh DiMassa (Branford, Conn.) took the loss in net despite an incredible performance with 26 saves.
The Eagles featured five players with at least two points led by Mason who racked up six goals and an assist. Abbott recorded a hat trick and contributed three assists. Senior Matt Capozzi (Wilmington, Mass.) led the squad with nine ground balls while sophomore Joe Hawkins (St. Clair, Mich.) had a team-best five caused turnovers. Senior goalie James Bushey (Hamden, Conn.) earned the win while making 11 stops.
Daniel Webster closes their regular season on Saturday when they host Becker at 3:00 p.m.