Men's Lacrosse Holds on to Defeat UNE, 9-8, as Klee Breaks Career Caused Turnover Record

David Klee
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THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 9, University of New England 8

- Records: MIT (2-1); UNE (2-1)

- Location: Biddeford, Maine (Big Blue Turf)

- The Lead: Three goals by sophomore Jack Strachan (Moresville, N.C.) during the fourth quarter helped MIT build a small cushion before holding on for a 9-8 victory over the University of New England in a non-conference men's lacrosse game on Saturday. Strachan finished with four goals and one assist while senior David Klee (East Greenbush, N.Y.) broke the record for career caused turnovers, eclipsing the mark of 72 set by John Kramer '16.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Engineers built a 4-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. Senior Mitch Turley (Westfield, Ind.) put MIT on the board after 2:12 elapsed while the Nor'easters registered the equalizer at the 8:30 mark. A solo effort by senior Graham Davis (Crofton, Md.) came two minutes later while a strike by freshman Nicolas Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) increased MIT's lead to 3-1 with 44 seconds remaining. The visitors won the ensuing faceoff which resulted in junior Carter Morgan (Locust Valley, N.Y.) setting up Turley for a goal with two ticks left.

- The second quarter saw UNE narrow the gap to 4-3 after a pair of tallies during the first six minutes of action. Strachan produced the visitors' lone goal of the period with 6:20 on the clock, creating a small edge that would hold until late into the third quarter. The Nor'easters ended the defensive battle with 3:39 left in frame and then knotted the score at five less than a minute later. MIT inched ahead with 1:23 on the clock when senior Jack Kelly (Milford, Del.) connected on a feed from freshman Gavin Vandenberg (Elmhurst, Ill.).

- UNE tied the game at 6-6 five minutes into the fourth quarter. The score remained unchanged until Strachan found the back of the net at the 7:34 mark. The Nor'easters responded with a quick strike of their own but back-to-back goals by Strachan that were set up by Davis established a 9-7 lead with 6:01 left to play.

- The hosts cut their deficit in half with 4:41 to go; however, the Engineers won the faceoff and unleased four shots as the final one was saved with 1:38 remaining. UNE turned the ball over during the resulting clearing attempt and MIT retained possession down the stretch to secure the victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Klee produced two caused turnovers to break the program career record and also collected three groundballs. Davis posted one goal and two assists as Turley notched two goals. Gianni earned two caused turnovers to go along with a goal while sophomore Adam Gumbardo (Babylon, N.Y.) scooped up four groundballs. Sophomore Dylan Marlborough (Cutchogue, N.Y.) was 9-of-15 in faceoffs and collected eight groundballs. In net, junior Alexander Lynch (Roswell, Ga.) totaled nine saves and three groundballs.

- MIT recorded advantages in shots (43-29), shots on goal (23-17), and groundballs (30-29). The Engineers won 11 of 21 faceoff attempts and was 13-of-15 in clears while UNE was 10-of-15. Neither side converted its extra-man opportunities as MIT had five chances while the Nor'easters had two.

UP NEXT:

- MIT concludes its road trip on Tuesday, March 13 when it visits Wentworth Institute of Technology for 4:00 p.m. start.

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