Brandeis men drop second straight, 2-0, to regional rival Wheaton

NORTON, MA (taken from a Wheaton College press release) - Wheaton College rookie Dan Lane (Dedham, MA) scored a pair of second-half goals as the Lyons knocked off Brandeis University, 2-0 in non-conference men's soccer action Wednesday afternoon at Keefe Field. Lane, the defending Player of the Week for both the ECAC and NEWMAC, now leads the team with six goals and 14 points. Wheaton moved to 4-3 overall while the Judges, ranked 10th in New England, fell to 4-2 on the season.

The Lyons produced numerous scoring chances in the opening 15 minutes. Rookie Mathurin Coulibaly (Ivory Coast, Africa) took three shots in close, one of which was blocked on a diving stop by senior keeper Pat Makridakis (Mendon, MA), while Lane ripped a shot wide left off a giveaway.

In the 22nd minute, Brandeis sophomore Evan Duval (Wilbraham, MA) slid a shot ast Wheaton junior keeper Matt Pachniuk (Newtown, CT), but sophomore back Jim Ferriero (Medway, MA) made a stop at the goal line. The teams stood scoreless at intermission.

For the fifth time in the last six games, Lane played a role in the Lyons'
first goal. At 64:47, he blasted home a free kick from 20 yards for what stood up as his third game-winning tally of the season. Less than 10 minutes later, he completed his first multi-goal game for the Blue and White by rifling a left-footed shot from inside the box past a diving Makridakis into the right side of the net. Sophomore Reed Hollett (Bedford, Nova Scotia) assisted after a serve from the left sideline.

Pachniuk finished with a season-high seven saves for his fourth shutout this year. Makridakis turned aside three shots in the loss.