April 5, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Four unanswered goals in the second half powered Massachusetts Maritime Academy to a 7-5 victory over MIT in Pilgrim Lacrosse League action on Saturday. The Buccaneers improved to 2-4 on the year and 1-1 in conference play while the Engineers' ledger lowered to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in Pilgrim play.
Connor Burke opened the scoring when connected on a feed from Brian Burke for a man-up goal after 1:51 elapsed. MIT quickly tallied the equalizer when Patrick Shannon converted a pass from Ryan Ballentine. The Engineers took the lead at the 10:51 mark following an unassisted strike by John Kucharczyk. A solo effort by Brian Burke evened the game at two almost two minutes later. MIT went ahead with 1:44 remaining courtesy of an extra-man goal by Dylan Roden that was set up by Corey Garvey.
The Cardinal and Gray extended its advantage to 4-2 early in the second quarter when Patrick Shannon found Ballentine for his second point of the day. The tandem of Brian Burke and Connor Burke cut Massachusetts Maritime's deficit in half with 4:56 on the clock. MIT reestablished its two-goal margin after Will Gibson scooped up a groundball, sprinted down field and set up Dan Piemont just before the intermission.
In the third quarter, Connor Burke posted an unassisted goal that narrowed the gap to one (5-4) after 4:06 expired. He then found Brian Burke for the tying goal and the duo's fourth point of the day.
The Buccaneers continued to attack in the final frame as Ryan Linn registered what proved to be the game-winning goal early in the period and Matt Sullivan tacked on an insurance tally at the 8:36 mark. The Engineers were awarded a pair of extra-man opportunities, but the Massachusetts Maritime defense was impregnable.
In net, Garth Grove collected 17 saves for MIT as Garvey picked up a game-high nine groundballs. James Hitchings stopped 25 shots for the Buccaneers, including 13 during the second half.
Both teams will continue action on the road on Tuesday, April 8. MIT will travel to UMass Boston while Massachusetts Maritime will make the trip to Salem State College.