April 14, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Six goals by MIT in the fourth quarter helped seal its 15-7 victory over Pilgrim Lacrosse League foe Norwich University on Saturday afternoon. Tyler Sorba posted a game-high eight points on five goals and three assists while Brennan Sherry contributed seven goals for the Engineers (3-5, 1-3 Pilgrim). Cody Hardenburgh paced the Cadets (1-6, 0-5 Pilgrim) with four goals.
Hardenburgh opened the scoring less than two minutes into the contest, but Sorba registered the equalizer at the 7:43 mark. MIT took the lead for good less than a minute later when Ryan Ballentine set up Sherry. Ballentine earned his second assist of the day when Jonathan Stolmeier found the back of the net with 1:49 on the clock. Norwich narrowed its deficit to one (3-2) on Drew Caplin's unassisted strike with 23 seconds remaining.
The Engineers extended their advantage with a goal by Stolmeier and an extra-man score by Sherry that was set up by Ballentine. On their next possession, the Cadets' Kyle Marzeoti found the back of the net. Stolmeier set up Sherry for his third goal of the day, which raised MIT's margin to 6-3 before the intermission.
Dylan Roden continued the Engineers' scoring and Sorba earned the assists on a pair of extra-man goals by Sherry in the third quarter. Norwich stayed within striking distance as it responded with three goals as well. Hardenburgh connected on a feed from Nick Talcott and then collected a pass from Marzeoti that resulted in a man-down goal. Sam Glanders converted a pass from John Guarnieri with 18 seconds remaining in the frame that made the score 9-6.
Sorba single-handedly ended the Cadets' rally as he rattled off three consecutive goals during the first three minutes of the last quarter. Roden found Sherry for his sixth goal of day before Hardenburgh notched Norwich's lone goal of the frame. Sorba was factor in MIT's final goals as he posted an unassisted score and then set up Sherry with 1:24 left to play.
Next up for MIT will be a home Pilgrim League game against Babson College on Wednesday, April 18. Norwich will continue its road trip at Daniel Webster College on Monday, April 16.