April 18, 2012

Park Pours in Five Points in 14-2 Win over Regis

WESTON, Mass. – In the inaugural meeting between both programs, MIT rattled off 10 straight goals en route to a 14-2 victory over Regis College in a Pilgrim League men's lacrosse game on Wednesday night. Senior Ernie Park (Plainsboro, N.J.) powered the Engineers with three goals and two assists.

Junior Gabe Blanchet (Hadley, Mass.) connected on a pass from classmate Sean Burke (Centennial, Colo.) to put MIT on the board at 10:16 in the first quarter. Junior Mike Gibson (Natick, Mass.) found the back of the net nine seconds later while Park redirected a feed from freshman Bill Kelleher (Pittsburgh, Pa.) shortly thereafter. Freshman Jake Slonaker (West Windsor, N.J.) set up Kelleher for the final tally of the frame which resulted in a 4-0 lead for the Engineers.

Sophomore Mateo Pena Doll (Elk, Calif.) found the back of the net midway through the second stanza as Slonaker earned another assist on a strike by Park with 5:23 to go in the half. A solo effort by sophomore Ben Hessels (Laytonsville, Md.) gave the Cardinal and Gray a 7-0 advantage heading into the intermission.

Burke continued the scoring spree after 2:28 elapsed in the third quarter while the Park-Slonaker connection returned later on in the period. Burke then added a man-up marker that increased the visitors' margin to 10-0.

Regis ended the shutout early in the final frame but MIT responded with three straight goals. Park picked up assists on blasts by Blanchet and Kelleher while Gibson raised the score to 13-1. The Pride tacked on a man-up goal as Pena Doll provided the final tally of the night.

Gibson went 13-of-18 in face-offs and had six groundballs while sophomore Tim Wilczynski (Old Lyme, Conn.) led the way with seven groundballs. Hessels posted four groundballs followed by three from Blanchet. In net, junior Christopher Rullan (Wexford, Pa.) made four saves in three quarters of action as senior Michael Gerhardt (Chelmsford, Mass.) closed out the game with one stop.

MIT (5-6, 1-2 Pilgrim) continues Pilgrim League play on Saturday, April 21 when it hosts Massachusetts Maritime Academy.