MIT Falls to Springfield in Pilgrim League Opener

Freshman Luke Verdi
Freshman Luke Verdi

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – In its first Pilgrim Lacrosse League game of the season, the MIT men's lacrosse team fell to Springfield College, 22-7, on Saturday afternoon. Senior Sean Burke (Centennial, Colo.) posted a pair of goals for the Engineers who saw their ledger lower to 2-6 on the year and 0-1 in conference action.

Freshman Luke Verdi (Middletown, Md.) recorded one goal, one assist, and two groundballs while classmate Paul Orrson (Baltimore, Md.) added one goal and two groundballs. Junior Elliot Sykora (Wilmette, Ill.), sophomore Chris Cook (Tully, N.Y.), and freshman Jonah Hessels (Poolesville, Md.) each provided a goal as sophomore John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn.) tallied one assist, three groundballs, and two caused turnovers. In net, senior Christopher Rullan (Wexford, Pa.) totaled six saves and two groundballs through three quarters while freshman Eric Bartell (San Diego, Calif.) turned away one shot in the final frame. Freshman Nick Uhlenhuth (Louisville, Ky.) rounded out MIT's defense with two groundballs.

Springfield opened the scoring after 42 seconds expired but the Engineers responded with goals by Hessels and Sykora to go in front with 9:36 on the clock. The Pride countered with nine unanswered goals that spanned the first and second quarters to establish a 10-2 advantage with just over five minutes remaining before halftime. Solo efforts by Cook and Verdi ended MIT's scoring drought but Springfield rattled off three more goals to enter the intermission ahead, 13-4.

The Pride extended its advantage with five goals in the third quarter and then found the back of the net right after the opening faceoff in the final frame to go up 19-4. Following an exchange of possessions, Orrson recorded the Engineers' first goal since late in the second quarter. Springfield tacked on two more goals before Burke buried back-to-back markers with 3:26 left to play. The Pride then capped the scoring with 13 ticks remaining.

MIT continues its roadtrip on Tuesday, April 9 when it visits Salem State University.