Salve Regina Outlasts MIT, 7-6, in 3OT
March 14, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - With 31 seconds remaining in the third overtime period, Brendan Carroll connected on a feed from Chris Walker to give visiting Salve Regina University a 7-6 win over MIT in a non-conference men's lacrosse game on Saturday. Ryan Ballentine registered his third consecutive four-point effort for the Engineers (0-3), finishing with two goals and two assists. Brendan Rooney also led the Seahawks (3-1) with two goals and two assists.
Salve Regina wasted little time getting on the board as Ryan Doherty notched an unassisted goal after 51 seconds expired. MIT eventually knotted the contest courtesy of a solo strike by Ballentine with less than four minutes remaining in the period. The Engineers captured their first lead when Ernie Park converted a pass from Corey Garvey at the 14:07 mark of the second quarter. The remainder of the frame was a defensive battle, as the Cardinal and Gray entered the intermission with a 2-1 edge.
The Seahawks ended the scoring drought just 13 seconds into the third frame when Michael Augustus found Rooney for an extra-man goal. MIT reclaimed the advantage at the 10:35 mark on a goal from Neil Zimmerman that was set up by Park. Back-to-back strikes by Walker and Rooney put Salve Regina ahead, 4-3. Zimmerman notched his second goal of the quarter on a pass from Ballentine, but the Seahawks maintained their slim edge following a goal from Carroll.
The Engineers evened the contest for the third time when Park connected on a feed from Ballentine at the 10:10 mark of the fourth quarter. Just over four minutes later, Rooney found Walker to put Salve Regina up, 6-5. With less than three minutes remaining in regulation, MIT's Eric Zuk scooped up a groundball and sprinted downfield where he setup Ballentine for the equalizer.
Park finished the day with two goals and an assist as Zimmerman scored a pair of goals. Zuk collected a game-high seven groundballs while Patrick Shannon added five groundballs for the Cardinal and Gray. In net, Garth Grove tallied six saves.
Walker notched two goals and an assist as Carroll totaled two goals. Augustus earned two assists while Nolan McGarrity, Maurie Fitzgerald, and Brian Walker each recorded five groundballs. In net, Brian Walker made eight stops for the Seahawks.
MIT continues its home-stand against Wentworth Institute of Technology on Tuesday, March 17 while Salve Regina travels to UMass Dartmouth the next day.