MIT Tops Lasell, 5-1

Courtesy of Lasell College Sports Information

NEWTON, Mass. – The MIT men's lacrosse team improved to a 5-5 overall slate and a 1-2 mark in Pilgrim League play after defeating Lasell College, 5-1, on a rainy and cold Saturday afternoon at Grellier Field. The Lasers fall to a 2-10 mark this season and a 1-3 conference record.

MIT jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter, followed by both teams tallying one mark in the second frame before a completely scoreless second half. The Engineers held a 20-17 advantage in the shot column, which included scoring on four-of-five chances in the first period. Lasell won the battle of ground balls (26-24) and face-offs (5-9).

Tom Hay put the Engineers ahead just over two minutes into the game. The MIT offense waited patiently passing around the perimeter when Hay drove from behind the Lasers' cage and fired on the right side. Twenty seconds later, Alex Andrzejewski picked off a Laser clear attempt and fired a pass to Gabe Blanchet who dodged around a defender and took two steps down the right wing to score just within the near-side post.

Carl Tilbury registered the next two attacks by the visitors over a four-minute span. Tilbury struck first from 10 yards out with a straight-on shot at the Laser net at 10:39. His second goal came about at 6:29 as he tore from the restraining line and sliced a shot in the same fashion as the last, giving the Engineers a 4-0 first-quarter edge.

After 3:30 without a tally in the second frame, Tilbury dished a diving pass to John Kucharczyk who bounced in the Engineers' final goal. Lasell capped the scoring with 1:15 left in the half when Adam Foss sent a pass in front of MIT's net to Jon Elia who tipped the ball in.

Christopher Rullan collected eight saves in the net during MIT's victory. Laser keeper Eric Walsh stopped five Engineer shots in the defeat.

Anthony Erz went 5-for-9 in face-off opportunities for Lasell and Garth Grove went 4-for-7 for the Engineers.