March 9, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Despite five goals from Dan Piemont, the MIT men's lacrosse team fell to UMass-Dartmouth, 14-10, in its season-opener on Saturday. John Kucharczyk bolstered the Engineers' offense with two goals and an assist while Dylan Roden contributed a goal and two assists. Samuel Jasinski and Garth Grove split the game in net with each collecting seven saves.
Kucharczyk opened the scoring with an unassisted tally after 48 seconds elapsed. The Corsairs countered with four unanswered goals, including two during the last 1:23 of the quarter.
UMass-Dartmouth extended its margin to 5-1 at the 10:05 mark of the second stanza. Exactly three minutes later, Piemont connected on a pass from Kucharczyk for a man-up goal. MIT then cut its deficit in half (5-3) courtesy of a blast from Ryan Ballentine that was set-up by Roden. The hosts scored twice before entering halftime with a 7-3 advantage.
Like the first frame, Kucharczyk found the back of the net for the Engineers after 20 seconds expired as Corey Garvey earned the assist. Following six minutes of scoreless play, the Corsairs notched three goals in a span of a minute that increased their lead to 10-4. Piemont ended MIT's scoring drought when he connected on a feed from Eric Zuk, but UMass-Dartmouth tacked on another goal with 5:39 on the clock. The Engineers closed the period with Piemont's second man-up goal that was assisted by Roden with 17 seconds left.
Roden helped narrow the gap to four (11-7) with an unassisted strike 1:16 into the fourth quarter. The Corsairs quickly reestablished their five-goal margin which held until back-to-back goals by Piemont 27 seconds apart brought MIT within three (12-9) with 5:31 to go. UMass-Dartmouth gained some breathing room almost two minutes later, but Zuk kept the pressure on with an unassisted tally with 2:27 left to play. The Corsairs capped the scoring on a man-down goal with just over a minute remaining.