April 5, 2011

Engineers Overpower UMass Boston, 12-3

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seven straight goals scored across three periods helped power the MIT men's lacrosse team to a 12-3 victory over UMass Boston on Tuesday afternoon. Will Waste posted a game-high five points on three goals and two assists for the Engineers (3-3) while Dean Driscoll paced the Beacons (2-5) with two goals.

Dan Piemont put MIT on the board midway through the first quarter when he connected on a feed from Waste for a man-up goal. The slim lead would hold until Driscoll registered the equalizer after 37 seconds expired in the second stanza. Piemont quickly converted a pass from Justin Myers, but Driscoll knotted the game at two with 12:40 on the clock. An unassisted goal by John Kucharczyk less than two minutes later sparked the game-changing run for MIT as it entered halftime with a 6-2 advantage.

The game was a defensive battle following the break, but strikes by Waste and Elliot Sykora increased the hosts' margin and served as the only goals of the third quarter. Waste completed the hat trick at the 13:51 mark of the final frame as Tommy Petitti ended UMass Boston's scoring drought over eight minutes later.

Piemont responded with his third and fourth goals in a span of 48 seconds as Waste and Tomas Vianna earned the assists. The Engineers capped the scoring on a solo effort by Timothy Wilczynski with 1:40 left to play.

Morgan Krey contributed one goal and an assist for MIT as Michael Fowler notched his first goal of the season courtesy of pass from Nick Sisler. Myers tallied seven groundballs and two caused turnovers as Britt Cyr won four of his six faceoffs and chipped in three groundballs. Christopher Rullan compiled eight saves, four groundballs, and two caused turnovers while Wilczynski collected three groundballs.

John Perro was 7-of-14 in faceoffs and scooped up five groundballs for the Beacons. Pat Driscoll also had five groundballs while Patrick McGoff followed with four of his own. In net, Anthony Fitti turned away nine shots.

Both squads will square off with Massachusetts Maritime Academy for their upcoming games. UMass Boston will host the Buccaneers on Thursday, April 7 while MIT will travel to Buzzards Bay for a Pilgrim League contest on Saturday, April 9.