- Score: MIT 19, Castleton University 13
- Records: MIT (6-3); Castleton (5-5)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)
- The Lead: The MIT men's lacrosse team rattled off nine unanswered goals during a 10-minute span in the third quarter to help propel it to a 19-13 victory over Castleton University on Tuesday afternoon. Junior Graham Davis (Crofton, Md.) generated five goals for the Engineers while Kyle Lutinski powered the Spartans with two goals and five assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the first meeting between both programs, Castleton jumped out to a 7-2 lead at the 12:09 mark of the second quarter after Lutinski connected on a feed from Peyton Faasse for the second time. MIT gradually chipped away at the deficit as strikes by Davis, freshman Aidan Westley (Palos Verdes, Calif.), junior Mitch Turley (Westfield, Ind.), and senior Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) brought it within one (7-6) with 6:30 left in the half.
- The Spartans increased their cushion within the first two minutes of the third quarter. Sam Frackelton found the back of the net after 29 seconds elapsed while Lutinski earned his third assist on a marker by Kevin McCarthy. The hosts responded with their game-changing 9-0 run which resulted in a 15-9 advantage with 2:34 on the clock. Castleton countered with three goals down the stretch, one by Louis Alhage and two from Jason Sedell, including a strike that came with less than one second remaining.
- MIT put the game out of reach by outscoring the Spartans, 4-1, during the fourth quarter.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Freshman Jack Strachan (Moresville, N.C.) posted three goals and two assists while Stolzenberg recorded four goals. Senior Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) notched two goals and two assists as freshman Jameson Kief (Plantsville, Conn.) totaled four groundballs and two caused turnovers. Freshman Dylan Marlborough (Cutchogue, N.Y.) was 16-of-23 in faceoffs and scooped up 10 groundballs for the Engineers.
- Sedell finished with a hat trick as Alhage tallied two goals, one assist, and a team-high five groundballs. Faasse racked up one goal, two assists, four groundballs, and two caused turnovers.
- In net, sophomore Victor Fink (Haverford, Pa.) made three saves in the first half while classmate Alexander Lynch (Roswell, Ga.) turned away one shot for MIT in the second half. Brandon Myron amassed 15 saves for Castleton, including nine in the first quarter.
- The Engineers ended the day with advantages in shots (48-35) and groundballs (40-33) while forcing 25 turnovers by the Spartans.
- Both squads host conference opponents in their next outings on Saturday, April 8. MIT will take on NEWMAC rival Babson College while Castleton will square off with NAC foe Husson University.