NORTON, Mass., September 30, 2006 - Wheaton College sophomore forward Dan Lane delivered his third multiple-goal match of the season and third game-winner of the fall, as Wheaton College blanked Springfield College with a pair of second-half goals in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer action during Wheaton's Homecoming weekend at Keefe Field.
Capturing their second straight conference win while remaining unbeaten through four games, the Lyons improve to 6-3-2 overall and 2-1 in the NEWMAC. The Pride falls to 2-7-2 on the season and 0-3 in league play.
Lane's two second-half tallies came during a 9:06 span, raising his season goal total to eight and career mark to 21, which moves him into Wheaton's top 10 for goals in a career. Sophomore Jeff Shea earned the match's first assist at 48:34, while junior Dan Chong was credited with an assist on Lane's second goal, at 57:40.
The two teams played tough through a scoreless first half, thanks in part to a timely save from a SC defender midway through the stanza. With the Pride goalie pulled off his line, Wheaton senior Dennis Durao drove his shot toward the middle of the net, but Pride sophomore back Dan Cotter (Stoughton, Mass.) was in position to head the ball off the line. SC's best chance came with four minutes remaining in the half, as junior Henry Ruggiero (Stow, Mass.) watched his header attempt roll just to the left of the goal frame.
Following a halftime that was highlighted by a dedication ceremony recognizing improvements to Keefe Field, Lane wasted little time giving the home team the advantage for good. Shea set up the scoring play by dumping the ball into Lane on the lower right corner of the box, where Lane struck his ball into the upper left netting for a 1-0 edge. Just over nine minutes later, Lane received a short cross from Chong, pushed past a Pride defender and fired his shot into the goal. SC nearly cut its deficit in half shortly after the Lane goal, but sophomore Adrian Schippers' (Ashby, Mass.) attempt ricocheted off the crossbar.
Wheaton senior goalkeeper Matt Pachniuk posted five saves to pick up his fifth win and second shutout of the season, leaving him just one shy of matching those program's career goalkeeping records. Pride junior goalkeeper Ryan Driscoll (Wilmington, Del.) had three stops in the loss. SC held a slim, 18-15 edge in shots, while the Lyons had a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
The Pride next hosts Bridgewater State College in a non-league match on Wednesday evening, October 4th, in a 7:00 p.m. start at Brock-Affleck Field.