- Score: MIT 18, UMass Boston 8
- Records: MIT (1-1); UMass Boston (1-1)
- Location: Boston, Mass. (James Cotter Field at Boston College High School)
- The Lead: Trailing 5-2 late in the first quarter, a record-breaking goal by MIT senior Graham Davis (Crofton, Md.) ignited a 14-0 run that resulted in an 18-8 victory over UMass Boston in a non-conference men's lacrosse game on Tuesday. Davis, who finished with three goals and two assists, eclipsed the mark of 140 career goals set by Matt Van Horne '02.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Davis connected on a pass from junior Jacob Stein (Vienna, Va.) to open the scoring after 51 seconds expired. A defensive battle ensued until the Beacons found the back of the net at the 7:54 mark, setting off a 5-1 burst during the next six minutes. Davis ended the Engineers' scoring drought, narrowing the gap to 5-3 with 1:10 left in the frame.
- MIT carried the momentum into the second stanza as an unassisted strike by freshman Nicolas Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) cut the deficit in half following 51 seconds of action. Sophomore Jack Strachan (Moresville, N.C.) redirected a feed from freshman Hayden Stalter (Greenwich, N.Y.) for the equalizer while Strachan set up Gianni for the go-ahead goal with 9:45 on the clock. Senior Jack Kelly (Milford, Del.) buried a man-up strike 20 seconds later as Stein increased the Engineers' lead to 8-5 at the 8:07 mark.
- The score remained unchanged until 49 seconds into the third quarter when Gianni netted the first of MIT's next seven goals on a pass from junior Carter Morgan (Locust Valley, N.Y.). Stein tallied three goals and an assist during the run that put the game out of reach.
- Strachan recorded the last of the Engineers' 14 unanswered goals at the 10:39 mark of the final frame, establishing a 16-5 advantage. After being held scoreless for 38 minutes, UMass Boston broke through with 8:36 left to play. Strachan replied by setting up freshman Oliver Heins (Fair Haven, N.J.) and Morgan for MIT's last two goals. The Beacons capped the scoring with back-to-back strikes inside the last five minutes of action.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Strachan finished with four goals and three assists while Stein registered four goals and two assists. Nicolas Gianni posted three goals and two assists as Morgan and Luke Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) both collected three groundballs. Senior David Klee (East Greenbush, N.Y.) generated two caused turnovers while sophomore Dylan Marlborough (Cutchogue, N.Y.) was 11-of-19 in faceoff attempts. In net, junior Victor Fink (Haverford, Pa.) racked up 13 saves.
- Both teams registered 33 shots while UMass Boston had a 29-21 advantage in groundballs. MIT won 16 of 30 faceoff attempts and was 15-of-18 in clearing attempts while the Beacons were 11-of-15 on clears.
- MIT continues its road trip on Saturday, March 10 when it visits the University of New England for a 12:00 p.m. start.