Stolzenberg Leads Men's Lacrosse to 19-2 Win in Season Opener

Stolzenberg Leads Men's Lacrosse to 19-2 Win in Season Opener

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 19, Southern Maine 2

- Records: MIT (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC); Southern Maine (0-1, 0-0 Little East)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)

- The Lead: Led by a five-goal, five-assist effort by senior attack Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.), the MIT men's lacrosse team defeated the University of Southern Maine by a 19-2 final on Wednesday afternoon in the season opener for both teams. MIT had six different scorers in the game, with five of those players registering multiple goals for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Engineers got on the board just 3:24 into the game as junior Graham Davis (Crofton, Md.) scored his first of four goals for the game. Freshman Jack Strachan (Moresville, N.C.) scored on the man-down for his collegiate goal to make it 2-0, marking his first of three first-quarter goals and five for the game.

- MIT extended the lead to 14-0 at the half with a nine-goal second quarter before eventually leading by an 18-0 margin following three periods of play. Jeff Urmston and Matthew Swirbliss scored for the Huskies in the fourth quarter, with Keegan Smith assisting on both scores.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Stolzenberg led the team with 10 points on five goals and five assists, followed by Strachan with five goals and Davis with a four-goal, four-assist afternoon. For Stolzenberg, he now has 102 assists and 100 goals for his career as he came into the season as the program's all-time leader in both assists and points.

- The MIT defense held the Huskies to 0-for-8 showing in man-up opportunities, while the Engineers were also successful on 18-of-22 clear attempts. The Engineers also forced 24 USM turnovers, held a 40-22 advantage in shots on goal and a 39-28 edge in ground balls.

- Sophomore Alexander Lynch (Roswell, Ga.) earned the win with an 11-save effort while playing in the first half. He was followed by sophomore Victor Fink (Haverford, Pa.), who turned aside nine shots in the second half. For USM, Zach Bessette took the loss in just under 41 minutes of play as he faced 37 shots and made 19 saves.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Saturday, March 4th as the Engineers host Hartwick College for a 1 p.m. start.

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Senior Harris Stolzenberg Talks About the Men's Lacrosse Win Over Southern Maine in the Season Opener!