CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Five unanswered goals in the second quarter gave MIT the lead for good as it went on to defeat the University of New England, 18-13, in a non-conference men's lacrosse game on Saturday. Junior Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) led all players with five points on three goals and two assists for the Engineers (3-0). Three players produced a team-high four points for the Nor'easters (2-4) as sophomore Tom Luttrell (Greenbrae, Calif.) posted four goals, senior Sam Cloutier (Lewiston, Maine) tallied three goals and an assist, while junior Andrew Curro (Niskayuna, N.Y.) recorded two goals and two assists.
UNE junior J.T. Oliver (Damascus, Md.) opened the scoring after 30 seconds expired while Curro set up freshman Alex Zadworny (Florence, Mass.) for a man-up strike two minutes later. Senior Luke Verdi (Middletown, Md.) put MIT on the board at the 10:58 mark but Luttrell found the back of the net 50 seconds later. Strikes by sophomore Mitch Turley (Westfield, Ind.) and senior Jonah Hessels (Laytonsville, Md.) evened the score at three with 6:11 on the clock. Curro then gave the Nor'easters a slight edge courtesy of an unassisted marker late in the frame.
The Engineers' second quarter scoring spree started just two minutes in when sophomore Graham Davis (Crofton, Md.) connected on a pass from junior Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), tying the game at four. The hosts went ahead for good at 11:04 on freshman Carter Morgan's (Locust Valley, N.Y.) first intercollegiate marker that was set up by Hessels. MIT gained some breathing room with 4:08 left when junior goalie Eric Bartell (San Diego, Calif.) launched a pass that was collected beyond midfield by sophomore Christian Jamison (Huntington, N.Y.) who went straight to goal. Stolzenberg was a factor in the final two goals of the run as he set up Traub with 1:04 to go before registering a solo blast, giving the Engineers an 8-4 lead at halftime.
Curro ended UNE's scoring drought, sparking a 3-1 spurt early in the third quarter with Luttrell's man-up goal narrowing the gap to 9-7 at the 9:22 mark. Senior Paul Orrson (Baltimore, Md.) quickly increased MIT's margin but Cloutier struck back, shifting the score to 10-8 with six minutes left in the period. This was as close as it would get as the Engineers mounted an 8-2 run that spanned the last five minutes of the third quarter and the first five minutes of the final frame. Despite the deficit the Nor'easters continued to attack, generating three goals during the final 6:27 with two coming from Luttrell.
Traub finished with two goals and two assists as became the 28th player in program history to eclipse 100 points. Verdi recorded four goals while Davis posted a hat trick. Hessels notched two goals and one assist as senior John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn.) totaled five groundballs and three caused turnovers. Freshman Mitchell Galer (Westlake Village, Calif.) was 17-of-30 in faceoffs while Bartell collected five saves in 48 minutes of action. Freshmen Alex Lynch (Roswell, Ga.) and Victor Fink (Haverford, Pa.) split the remainder of the game in net, collecting three and two saves, respectively.
Junior Dan Auger (Nashua, N.H.) racked up one goal, two assists, three groundballs, and two caused turnovers for the visitors while classmate Chris Harlow (Boston, Mass.) produced five groundballs and two caused turnovers. Sophomore Tyler Kukla (Deerfield, N.H.) chipped in three groundballs as senior John Dusel (Wilbraham, Mass.) and junior David Pearson (Scarborough, Maine) shared goaltending duties, gathering seven and four saves.
Both squads are back in action on Tuesday, March 15 with MIT traveling to Wentworth Institute of Technology and UNE visiting Saint Joseph's College (Maine).