April 21, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Tyler Sorba registered six of MIT's first eight goals as it went on to post a 14-8 victory over Massachusetts Maritime Academy in a Pilgrim Lacrosse League game on Saturday afternoon. Sorba's game-high seven points raised the Engineers' ledger to 4-6 on the year and 2-4 in the conference. Connor Burke (three goals), Brian Burke (one goal, two assists), and Sean Flanigan (two goals, one assist) paced the Buccaneers as they fell to 3-6 overall and 1-4 in the Pilgrim.
Sorba opened the scoring by connecting on a feed from Jonathan Stolmeier four minutes into the contest. Connor Burke put Massachusetts Maritime on the board by posting the equalizer on the ensuing face off. This was as close as it would get for the Buccaneers as Sorba scored three consecutive goals. Ryan Ballentine earned a pair of assists while Ebbe Strathairn was credited with a helper.
MIT extended its lead to 5-1 just over a minute into the second quarter on a goal by Corey Garvey that was set up by Stolmeier. Massachusetts Maritime countered with an extra-man goal from Flanigan. The Engineers tacked on three goals, including two extra-man strikes, during the final 4:36 for an 8-2 lead at the break. Dylan Roden converted a feed from Garvey to start the run, which was followed by two goals from Sorba, the last being set up by Stolmeier.
The Buccaneers continued to attack in the third quarter as Connor Burke connected on a pass from Flanigan at 13:24. MIT countered with four goals in span of five minutes. Brennan Sherry sparked the run as Roden was instrumental in the next two goals. He notched an extra-man score on a pass from Sorba and then set up Garvey for his second goal of the game. Sherry connected on a feed from Stolmeier that raised the score to 12-3. Massachusetts Maritime ended its scoring drought when Brian Burke set up Connor Burke with 6:49 on the clock. The Sherry-Stolmeier connection returned on the ensuing face off, but Matt Fisher answered with his first goal of the season for the Buccaneers. Stolmeier capped the frame with an unassisted extra-man strike that made the score 14-5.
Massachusetts Maritime found success with its special teams in the final quarter as it posted a man-down goal and a pair of extra-man scores. Brian Burke tallied two points in the stanza as he converted a pass from Alex Sherr for the man-down score and then set up Flanigan for his second man-up goal at the 2:35 mark. The Buccaneers found the back of the net 40 seconds later when J.P. Gabriel connected on a feed from Bryan Sears.
Strathairn picked up a game-high seven groundballs as Zach Brewer collected 14 saves for MIT. Mike Chretien led Massachusetts Maritime with five groundballs while Chris Perry and Alex Deveaux shared goaltending responsibilities. Perry recorded eight saves in 45 minutes of action as Deveaux closed out the game with five stops.
Both teams will face Wheaton College in their next game. Massachusetts Maritime will make the trip to Norton, Mass. on Monday, April 23 while MIT will host the Lyons on Wednesday, April 25.