April 23, 2011

Wheaton Outlasts Engineers, 11-10, in 2OT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With 1:47 remaining in the second overtime period, Mike Harrington connected on a pass from Sean Doherty to give visiting Wheaton College an 11-10 victory over MIT in a Pilgrim Lacrosse League game on Saturday afternoon. Doherty finished the day with three goals and three assists while Eric Zuk paced the Engineers with four goals.

The Lyons opened the game with four unanswered goals before Justin Myers won the ensuing faceoff and buried an unassisted marker with 2:55 left in the first quarter. A man-up goal by Doherty followed by a solo effort from Ben Cederberg increased Wheaton's lead to 6-1 early in the second quarter.

MIT responded with a 5-1 run to close out the half and narrow its deficit to one (7-6). Zuk started the scoring spree with back-to-back goals as the first came with a man advantage. Dan Piemont registered a hat-trick, which featured a pair of man-up scores, while Nick Sisler tallied three assists.

The Engineers carried the momentum into the third quarter as Zuk redirected a feed from Myers after 40 seconds expired. For the third time in the contest, Doherty converted a pass from Billy McNamara which put Wheaton in front, 8-7. John Kucharczyk then found Zuk for the equalizer with 42 seconds left in the period.

Kucharczyk gave the Cardinal and Gray its first lead at the 13:09 mark of the fourth quarter while Ben Hessels increased the hosts' margin two minutes later. McNamara quickly tallied two goals which came 1:09 apart, the latter with 8:11 left to play. Both squads had several chances to recapture the lead, but solid play in net maintained the deadlock.

The momentum shifted to the Lyons in the extra sessions as they outshot the Engineers, 6-2, and yielded one turnover while MIT committed four, with the last miscue eventually resulting in the game-winning goal.

Kucharczyk posted one goal and two assists while Myers compiled 11 groundballs, one goal, one assist, and was 18-of-20 in faceoffs. Elliot Sykora won three of his four faceoffs and chipped in three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Timothy Wilczynski contributed six groundballs and two caused turnovers as Christopher Rullan totaled nine saves and three groundballs.

McNamara tallied six points on two goals and four assists while Chris Landers notched two goals and an assist. Cederberg added two goals as Conor Whitney rounded out the offense with a goal. Jack Croasdale paced the Lyons with four groundballs while Cody Powers collected three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Jesse O'Neil amassed 20 saves in the win.

Next up for MIT (4-6, 2-2 Pilgrim) will be a road game at non-conference foe Wentworth Institute of Technology on Wednesday, April 27 while Wheaton (3-9, 2-2 Pilgrim) will close out the regular season at Pilgrim League rival Clark University on Saturday, April 30.