Men's Lacrosse Defeats Wheaton, 9-6

Junior John Kramer

NORTON, Mass. – Freshman Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) generated a game-high five points on four goals and an assist as the MIT men's lacrosse team defeated Wheaton College, 9-6, in a NEWMAC battle on Saturday. The win was the first for the Engineers over the Lyons since 2007 and helped them improve to 8-6 on the year and 3-1 in conference action.

In addition to his scoring performance, Stolzenberg gathered five groundballs while freshman Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) tallied one goal and three assists. Sophomore Graham Francis (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) posted two goals as freshman Henry Merrow (Hopkinton, N.H.) notched one goal and one assist. Sophomore Paul Orrson (Baltimore, Md.) chipped in one goal while classmate Luke Verdi (Middletown, Md.) registered one assist and four groundballs. Senior Tim Wilczynski (Old Lyme, Conn.) and junior John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn.) both collected five groundballs as Wilczynski produced three caused turnovers. Senior Britt Cyr (Cincinnati, Ohio) went 7-of-12 in faceoffs while sophomore Eric Bartell (San Diego, Calif.) racked up 11 saves and four groundballs.

Wheaton opened the scoring less than four minutes into the game before a defensive battled ensued. Traub redirected a feed from Verdi for the equalizer with 5:04 on the clock while MIT went ahead on a strike by Francis with 1:22 left in the quarter.

The Engineers carried the momentum into the second stanza as they increased their lead to 5-1 midway through the frame. Orrson connected on a pass from Traub while Stolzenberg and Merrow followed with unassisted markers. The Lyons ended their scoring drought at the 5:06 mark to stay close heading into halftime.

Coming out of the break, the hosts rattled off three goals in less than two minutes to even the score at five with 9:38 on the clock. The game became a back-and-forth affair until Merrow set up Stolzenberg for a man-up strike, giving MIT the lead for good with 1:43 left.

The Engineers controlled the action in the fourth quarter as they outscored Wheaton, 3-1, to secure the victory. Francis gave the visitors some breathing room two minutes in as Traub quickly earned his second assist of the quarter on a blast by Stolzenberg. The Cardinal and Gray posted its final goal of the day courtesy of a Stolzenberg man-up marker at the 3:19 mark while the Lyons found the back of the net with 47 seconds remaining.

MIT concludes its NEWMAC road trip on Wednesday, April 23 at Babson College.