April 25, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Strong defensive play down the stretch helped MIT secure a 7-6 victory over Wheaton College in a Pilgrim Lacrosse League game on Wednesday afternoon. Jonathan Stolmeier paced the Engineers (5-6, 3-4 Pilgrim) with two goals and an assist while Trey Helms posted three points on a goal and two assists for the Lyons (4-9, 4-3 Pilgrim).
Marco Barbone opened the scoring for Wheaton as he connected on a pass from Tim Horan 4:18 into the contest. Patrick Shannon registered the equalizer when he scooped up a groundball and sprinted to the net at the 5:17 mark. The Lyons regained the lead less than a minute later on a man-up goal by Helms that was set up by Drew Schaffer. MIT responded with an extra-man goal of its own with three seconds on the clock. Stolmeier converted a feed from Corey Garvey that tied the score at two.
The Engineers carried the momentum into the second quarter as Tyler Sorba gave his squad its first lead after 2:53 had expired. Wheaton's Richie Rasamny helped Helms earn his second point of the day by connecting on a pass at 10:46. The remainder of the frame was a defensive battle until Brennan Sherry's unassisted strike with 39 seconds left put MIT ahead for good.
Tech extended its advantage to 6-3 in the early stages of the third quarter. Stolmeier set up Shannon for his second goal while Corey Garvey found Sherry for an extra-man goal 39 seconds later. The Lyons ended their 18-minute scoring drought when Barbone converted a feed from Schaffer at the 7:14 mark. Markus Ricci cut Wheaton's deficit in half on an unassisted tally with five seconds remaining.
Sorba set up Stolmeier for his second extra-man goal just over five minutes into the final frame. The Rasamny-Helms connection returned with 8:09 left to play, which once again brought the Lyons within one. Wheaton had numerous chances to knot the contest, but MIT goaltender Zach Brewer thwarted any scoring attempts as he tallied seven saves in the period.
Brewer finished with a total of 17 saves while Ebbe Straitharn led MIT with three groundballs. Schuyler Horn, Chris Hade, Taylor Palmer, and Nate Mauer each collected two groundballs as Horn recorded nine saves.
Both teams will wrap up regular season Pilgrim play on Saturday, April 28 at 1:00 p.m. MIT will travel to Clark University while Wheaton will host Western New England College.