MIT Falls To WNEC, 18-9, In Season Finale
April 30, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - The MIT men's lacrosse team wrapped up its season with an 18-9 loss to Pilgrim Lacrosse League foe Western New England College on Saturday. The Engineers finish the year with an overall ledger of 5-8 and a conference mark of 3-5. Carter Powers paced MIT with three goals and two assists while Adam Cherry posted a game-high five goals and added one assist for the Golden Bears (11-5, 7-1 Pilgrim).
Patrick Matthews put WNEC on the scoreboard 2:31 into the contest by connecting on a feed from Brody Savoie. Less than a minute later, Powers set up Patrick Bossi for the equalizer. MIT took the lead on an unassisted goal by Powers, which was quickly answered by Cherry. The Engineers recorded three consecutive goals, resulting in a 5-2 lead at 3:44. A goal by Isaac Taylor was followed with an unassisted score by Tyler Sorba. MIT capped the spurt when Scott Purchase fed Powers for an extra-man goal. The Golden Bears responded with a 5-0 run to close the period.
In the second stanza, a low shot by Taylor cut the deficit to one (7-6) at the 11:37 mark. Less than two minutes later, Powers found Paul Steiner for an extra-man goal, knotting the game at 7-7. WNEC regained the lead on a quick score from Matthews and then pushed its advantage back to two when CJ Annunciata connected on a pass from Kelley Luchs. Bossi narrowed the gap with an unassisted goal, but the Golden Bears countered with a goal from Joe Cassini, taking a 10-8 edge at halftime.
Cassini powered WNEC's attack in the third period as he contributed to two of his squad's three goals. He scored on a pass from Cherry and then set up Annunciata. Matthews recorded the last goal with 29 seconds remaining.
The Golden Bears extended their lead to 15-8 after less than two minutes had expired in the final frame. Cherry posted his second extra-man goal of the day and then Savoie scored on a feed from Annunciata. The Engineers ended a 17-minute scoring drought on an extra-man goal by Powers. WNEC went on to score three unanswered goals to close the game.
In net, Christopher Ng collected 17 saves in the final game of his MIT career. For the Golden Bears, Chris Body and James Ells split the game, with each netminder making four stops.