April 25, 2009

Engineers Fall to Springfield, Set Sights on Playoff Appearance

April 25, 2009

Box Score

Courtesy Springfield College Sports Information

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - MIT closed out its regular season with a 13-2 loss to host Springfield College in a Pilgrim Lacrosse League game on Saturday. Despite the defeat, the Engineers (7-7, 4-3 NEWMAC) earned a spot in the Pilgrim Championship Tournament for the first time since 2001 and will be making the fourth appearance in the program's history. The Cardinal and Gray will kick off its postseason run on Wednesday, April 29 at a location yet to be determined.

Springfield found the back of the net twice early in the opening period. Following almost eight minutes of scoreless play, the Pride registered three goals during the final 1:52. The first-quarter spurt was capped off by a Jake Beebe strike with just one second remaining to give Springfield a 5-0 lead.

The Pride carried the momentum into the second stanza as Pat Cavanaugh scored the first of his four goals after 47 seconds elapsed. Joe Heney lit the lamp and Cavanaugh added another as Springfield entered the break with an 8-0 advantage.

In the third quarter, the Pride pumped in three goals in a span of 1:10, including tallies from Cavanaugh and Adam Ismaeil just 13 seconds apart, as it increased its margin to 11-0. Another blast by Cavanaugh followed before MIT ended its scoring drought with 2:01 left in the frame.

John Kucharczyk found Neil Zimmerman who tallied a man-up goal when Matt Cipolla could not hang onto the ball after making the initial save. Zimmerman added another goal that was set up by Ryan Ballentine with 44 ticks left in the period. A goal from Mark Eaton in the fourth quarter closed out the scoring for the contest.

Alex Andrzejewski and Garth Grove each collected five groundballs while Grove finished with 16 saves. Dylan Roden added three groundballs to the Engineers’ cause.