Engineers Overpower UMass Boston, 17-6

Sophomore Chris Cook
Sophomore Chris Cook

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT men's lacrosse team saw 11 players earn at least a point in its 17-6 victory over UMass Boston on Tuesday afternoon. Sophomores Chris Cook (Tully, N.Y.) and Jake Slonaker (West Windsor, N.J.) both posted four goals and an assist for the Engineers (2-5) while the Beacons (2-8) were led by sophomore Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.) who registered a hat-trick.

MIT generated five goals in the first quarter with three coming during the opening two minutes. Cook converted a feed from freshman Paul Orrson (Baltimore, Md.) after 1:21 elapsed then Slonaker set up freshman Chris McPherson (Gaithersburg, Md.) for his first intercollegiate marker. A solo effort by sophomore John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn.) completed the early spurt but Slonaker followed with a pair of goals that were set up by senior Sean Burke (Centennial, Colo.).

UMass Boston ended the shutout at the 13:27 mark of the second stanza courtesy of an unassisted marker by junior Pete McNichols (Norwalk, Conn.). A defensive battle ensued until the Engineers went on a 3-1 run during the final four minutes of the half, resulting in an 8-2 lead at the intermission. Freshman Luke Verdi (Middletown, Md.) found Orrson for the first goal but Delpha countered with one of his own. Moments later, Cook buried a man-up strike that was set up by Orrson while Slonaker found the back of the net 22 seconds after the ensuing faceoff.

MIT produced another 3-1 spurt to start the third quarter to increase its advantage to 11-3 with 9:43 on the clock. The score remained unchanged for the next six minutes until UMass Boston recorded an unassisted goal from McNichols that was quickly followed by Delpha's extra-man strike. The Engineers countered with blasts by Burke and Cook during the last two minutes to enter the final frame ahead, 13-5.

Freshman Jonah Hessels (Poolesville, Md.) carried the momentum into the fourth quarter as he found the back of the net for the Cardinal and Gray after 40 seconds expired. The game became a back-and-forth affair until Delpha notched what proved to be the final goal for the Beacons with 8:35 remaining. MIT closed out the game with three more goals, the final one being a man-down effort by junior Elliot Sykora (Wilmette, Ill.) with 1:19 left to play.

Orrson finished with two goals and two assists while Burke had one goal and three assists for the Engineers. Freshman Alex Seo (Westport, Conn.) totaled one goal, two assists, and five groundballs as Kramer chipped in one goal and one assist. Freshman Graham Francis (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) registered the first goal of his career while Sykora picked up five groundballs. Junior Britt Cyr (Cincinnati, Ohio) won 16 of his 23 faceoffs and tallied 10 groundballs as classmate Tim Wilczynski (Old Lyme, Conn.) earned two caused turnovers. In net, senior Christopher Rullan (Wexford, Pa.) racked up 12 saves in 50 minutes while freshman Eric Bartell (San Diego, Calif.) closed out the game with four stops in his first action of the season.

Junior Thomas Petitti (Quincy, Mass.), McNichols, and Delpha each contributed three groundballs as Pettiti rounded out the Beacons' attack with a goal. Junior Patrick McGoff (Charlestown, Mass.) went 3-of-5 in faceoffs and had four groundballs while sophomore Xavier Donaldson (Centerville, Mass.) came away with six victories in his 11 faceoff attempts. Sophomore Parker Barrell (Belmont, Mass.) posted six saves in the first half while freshman Craig Frehill (Norwell, Mass.) turned away eight shots in the second half.

Both squads visit conference foes on Saturday, April 6. MIT travels to Springfield College for its Pilgrim Lacrosse League opener while UMass Boston heads to Little East Conference rival Western Connecticut State University.