SALEM, Mass. – With the scored tied at four heading into the final frame, host Salem State University rattled off four unanswered goals to defeat MIT, 8-4, in a non-conference men's lacrosse game on Tuesday night. Freshman Alex Seo (Westport, Conn.) paced the Engineers (2-7) with two goals and an assist.
Junior Joel Santisteban (Lawrence, N.Y.) earned an assist on a goal by classmate Tim Wilczynski (Old Lyme, Conn.) while freshman Luke Verdi (Middletown, Md.) rounded out MIT's attack with a goal and added six groundballs. Freshman Nick Uhlenhuth (Louisville, Ky.) posted five groundballs followed by three from sophomore John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn.). Freshman Chris McPherson (Gaithersburg, Md.) won six of his nine faceoff attempts as sophomore Chris Cook (Tully, N.Y.) generated two caused turnovers. In net, senior Christopher Rullan (Wexford, Pa.) compiled 17 saves, five groundballs, and two caused turnovers for the Engineers.
The opening quarter was a back-and-forth affair as both sides combined for 11 turnovers before recording the first goal of the game which was scored by the Vikings with 3:01 on the clock. MIT responded with a solo effort from Seo 34 seconds later to tie the game. The defensive battle resumed as the score remained unchanged until the final minute of the second stanza. Wilczynski put the Engineers in front by converting a feed from Santisteban with 49 seconds to go; however, the Vikings quickly found the back of the net to enter the break knotted at two.
Salem State carried the momentum into the third quarter as it scored twice during the first five minutes. MIT countered with Seo being a factor in its next two goals. He earned an assist on Verdi's man-down strike midway through the frame and then followed with an unassisted goal that evened the contest at four at the 3:06 mark.
The deadlock continued into the fourth quarter until the Vikings registered a man-up goal with 11:57 remaining. The Engineers produced four shots during the next six minutes but it was Salem State which eventually found success. The Vikings increased their advantage with just over four minutes left and fended off four MIT shots before capping the scoring with 52 seconds to go.
MIT resumes Pilgrim Lacrosse League action on Saturday, April 13 when it hosts Babson College.