BOSTON, Mass. – The MIT men's lacrosse team opened the game with seven straight goals and never looked back as it overpowered Emerson College, 18-5, in NEWMAC action on Wednesday night. Junior Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) led the way with four goals and two assists as the Engineers (10-3, 3-1 NEWMAC) recorded their first back-to-back 10-win season since the 1959 and 1960 campaigns.
Freshman Blake Berk (Mission Viejo, Calif.) generated one goal and four assists while sophomore Graham Davis (Crofton, Md.) totaled two goals and two assists. Senior Joseph Sullivan (Atlanta, Ga.) and freshman Noah Shields (Ringwood, N.J.) both posted hat tricks as senior Luke Verdi (Middletown, Md.) added one goal and two assists. Freshman Mitchell Galer (Westlake Village, Calif.) was 11-of-14 in faceoffs and collected seven groundballs while classmate Jake Stein (Vienna, Va.) scooped up five groundballs. Sophomore Christian Jamison (Huntington, N.Y.) produced two caused turnovers as freshman Eddy Garcia-Montes (Miami, Fla.) bolstered the defense with three groundballs and two caused turnovers. In net, senior Eric Bartell (San Diego, Calif.) opened the game with three saves. Freshman Alex Lynch (Roswell, Ga.) stepped between the pipes late in the second quarter and came up with two stops. Fellow rookie Victor Fink (Haverford, Pa.) entered the game midway through the third quarter, turning away one shot down the stretch.
Senior Jonah Hessels (Laytonsville, Md.) put MIT on the board after 2:37 elapsed as it eventually built a 7-0 advantage at the 8:47 mark. Emerson ended the shutout with 5:30 left in the quarter but Davis fueled the Engineers' final two goals of the quarter as he connected on a Berk pass and then set up Sullivan with 10 ticks to go.
The visitors outscored the Lions, 5-1, in the second stanza on the strength of four unanswered goals. Berk found the back of the net once and set up two Stolzenberg strikes. Stolzenberg, meanwhile, earned an assist on Stein's goal and later scored on Verdi's pass that gave MIT a 14-2 lead at the intermission.
The third quarter saw the Cardinal and Gray hold a 3-2 edge in scoring. Sophomore Marcus Urann (Duxbury, Mass.) provided MIT's first marker less than two minutes in while Shields registered back-to-back goals. In the final frame, both teams chipped in a goal with Sullivan doing the honors for the Engineers.
Next up for MIT will be a home game against NEWMAC foe Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m. on Jack Barry Field.