REVERE, Mass. - Green Mountain's offensive surpassed its previous season-high in goals, but it proved to be insufficient as the Wheelock College men's lacrosse team defeated Green Mountain 13-6 at Harry Della Russo Stadium on Sunday. The Wildcats improve to 2-8 while the Eagles drop to 0-6.
The two teams went back-and-forth in the first half as Wheelock opened the scoring on an Eddie Romero strike with 9:48 to play in the first. Green Mountain's Colton Everett responded at the 7:59 mark, but the home team took back the lead on a pair of McKinnon scores. The Eagles' Deven Rogers halved his team's deficit in a man-up situation however Romero made it 4-2 on a feed from Jared Trainor.
In the second quarter, the Eagles rallied to tie it at 4-4 behind a pair of goals from David Gerken. Still, that would be as close as the visitors would get as McKinnon found the back of the net twice and Josh Simmons struck with just 1:19 remaining in the period to send the Wildcats into the break up 7-4.
Wheelock continued to pull away in the third quarter as McKinnon, Romero, and Simmons each added another goal as they opened up a 10-4 lead. Gerken would pull one back for Green Mountain but McKinnon answered to maintain the six-goal cushion headed into the fourth.
Gerken opened the scoring in the final period to make it 11-6, but Simmons restored the six-goal lead with his third of the match before Trainor closed the scoring for the game.
The Wildcats were led by McKinnon who poured in a game-high nine points on six goals and three assists while Romero contributed a hat trick and a game-best five assists. Simmons added three goals and Trainor matched him with three points on a score and pair of helpers. Gary Broad had a game-high seven caused turnovers while Josh DiMassa earned the win in goal with six saves.
Gerken led the Eagles with four goals and five caused turnovers. Five other players recorded one point while Rogers scooped up a game-high eight ground balls. Goalie Carl Diethelm took the loss while making six stops.
Green Mountain hosts Johnson State at 3:30 p.m. in North Atlantic Conference play.