MARCY, N.Y. – The Wells College men's lacrosse team recorded a 19-4 loss to the Wildcats from the SUNY Institute of Technology on Saturday. With the loss, the Express fall to 3-8 overall on the year after posting their seventh North Eastern Athletic Conference loss in as many games. SUNYIT improves to 3-11 overall and to 2-5 within the conference.
Freshman Alex Milliken (Hilton, N.Y.) scored a team-best two goals for Wells while sophomore Connor Jansen (Horseheads, N.Y.) chipped in a goal and an assist. With one goal, senior Alex Manley (South Buffalo, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring for Wells. First year midfielder Cody Roberson (Clemmons, N.C.) posted a team-leading five ground balls to lead all Wells players.
Despite a 4-0 lead, the Wildcats allowed a goal to Milliken with only 34 seconds remaining in the first quarter to place the Express on the board. SUNYIT would rattle off another stretch of four straight goals before Jansen's goal with 11:42 left in the third quarter cut into the large lead by the hosts.
Tyler Serva scored his fifth goal of the game with 6:37 left in the third quarter, placing his team up by a 9-2 score. After an Andrew Wurz goal just over one minute later, Manley scored an unassisted goal to set the score at 10-3 in favor of the Wildcats. Milliken's second goal of the game was the tilt's final strike from either side as he scored with only 2:33 left in regulation time for his team's fourth goal.
Junior backstop Tyler Bischoff (Allendale, N.J.) registered 16 saves between the pipes for Wells and drew the loss after allowing 19 goals. Jeffrey Melnik went the distance for SUNYIT, making eight saves on 12 total shots faced.
Serva led all players with seven goals and two assists for nine points (7-2=9). Brett Gifford scooped up 13 loose balls for the Wildcats while also causing a team-best nine turnovers defensively. Shane Joswick won 10 faceoffs for SUNYIT and picked up as many ground balls for his team.
Wells concludes their regular season at home with a non-conference tilt versus Bryn Athyn College at 2:00 p.m. on the North Athletic Field.