- Score: MIT 12, Wentworth Institute of Technology 9
- Records: MIT (3-1); Wentworth (3-1)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)
- The Lead: Four unanswered goals spanning the first and second quarters gave MIT a lead it would not relinquish as it went on to defeat Wentworth Institute of Technology, 12-9, in a non-conference men's lacrosse tilt on Thursday. Senior Graham Davis (Crofton, Md.) paced the Engineers with four goals and recorded his 200th career point, joining Harris Stolzenberg '17 as the only players in program history to accomplish this feat. Ben Coakley and Jacob Eldred both produced two goals and an assist for the Leopards.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Coakley kicked off the scoring at the 10:31 mark of the opening frame but freshman Mark Heatzig (Boca Raton, Fla.) buried the equalizer 28 seconds later. He then gave MIT a 2-1 edge with 2:32 on the clock.
- The Engineers increased their lead on a man-up strike by Davis after 49 seconds elapsed in the second stanza while freshman Nicolas Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) followed with an unassisted goal just over two minutes later. Wentworth ended its scoring drought when Coakley connected on a feed from Sean Brennan with 10:13 to play.
- Senior Mitch Turley (Westfield, Ind.) created some breathing room for the hosts but the Leopards narrowed the gap to 5-4 with just under four minutes remaining. Kyle Doner tallied his 15th goal of the season after redirecting a pass from Jack O'Neill as Jake Ollila cut the visitors' deficit in half. MIT replied with a pair of goals in a span of 12 seconds, building a 7-4 advantage at halftime. Davis doubled the Engineers' margin and then sophomore Dylan Marlborough (Cutchogue, N.Y.) won the ensuing and went directly to net for his first tally of the year.
- MIT controlled the action in the third quarter as it outscored Wentworth, 4-2, en route to an 11-6 advantage heading into the final frame.
- Eldred was a factor in two of the Leopards' three goals in the fourth quarter. He found the back of the net after 1:17 expired and then set up Dolan McCarthy for an extra-man goal at the 6:57 mark. Kevin Butler's blast brought Wentworth within three (11-9) with 2:22 left to play; however, it would not generate a late rally as Heatzig completed the hat trick a minute later.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- In addition to his three goals, Heatzig contributed three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Turley posted two goals while sophomore Jack Strachan (Moresville, N.C.) notched one goal and one assist. Marlborough went 17-of-24 in faceoffs and amassed 14 groundballs as sophomore Adam Gumbardo (Babylon, N.Y.) registered two caused turnovers. In net, junior Victor Fink (Haverford, Pa.) collected eight saves.
- Butler recorded two goals while Brennan totaled seven groundballs and two caused turnovers. Jake Barry and Jake Renzi bolstered the Leopards' defense with a pair of caused turnovers. In net, Scott Boucher made three saves in the first half while Adam Dufault closed out the game with 11 saves.
- MIT finished with advantages in shots (45-33), shots on goal (26-17), groundballs (45-29), and face-off wins (17-of-24). The Engineers were 17-of-19 in clears while Wentworth was 20-of-25. The Leopards scored twice during four of their extra-man opportunities while MIT was 1-of-6.
- Both teams are back in action on Saturday, March 17. MIT will host UMass Dartmouth at 1:00 p.m. while Wentworth will travel to cross-town foe Emerson College for a 4:00 p.m. start.