Engineers Defeat Wheaton, 10-7, in NEWMAC Opener

Christian Jamison
Courtesy of DSPics.com

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 10, Wheaton College 7

- Records: MIT (5-3, 1-0 NEWMAC); Wheaton (6-3, 0-1 NEWMAC)

- Location: Norton, Mass. (Nordin Field)

- The Lead: The MIT men's lacrosse team outscored Wheaton College, 4-1, in the first quarter and maintained a small cushion en route to a 10-7 victory in the NEWMAC opener for both teams on Saturday. Senior Mitch Turley (Westfield, Ind.) tallied two goals, one assist, and five groundballs for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Turley opened the scoring after 1:23 expired and then freshman Luke Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) won the faceoff and went directly to the net, increasing MIT's lead in a span of seven seconds. Wheaton ended the shutout at the 10:05 mark, however, the score remained unchanged for the next eight minutes until senior Graham Davis (Crofton, Md.) found the back of the net. Freshman Gavin Vandenberg (Elmhurst, Ill.) quickly followed with a solo effort of his own, giving the Engineers a 4-1 advantage at the end of the frame.

- Freshman Nicolas Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) continued the run into the second stanza, but a pair of goals by the Lyons narrowed the gap to 5-3 with 9:44 on the clock. Like the first quarter, an eight-minute defensive battle ensued until Turley found freshman Mark Heatzig (Boca Raton, Fla.) with 1:31 left.

- MIT gradually established an 8-3 advantage midway through the third quarter. Senior Jack Kelly (Milford, Del.) buried his sixth goal of the season at the 10:43 mark while Turley scored what proved to be the game-winning goal exactly three minutes later. Both sides were stymied on the offensive end until Wheaton broke through with 11 seconds remaining.

- Davis reestablished the Engineers' five-goal margin (9-4) five minutes into the final frame but the Lyons tallied a man-up goal with 7:47 on the clock. The visitors replied with Davis completing the hat trick courtesy of a feed from sophomore Jonathan Monahemi (Great Neck, N.Y.) with just under five minutes left to play. Wheaton tacked on two more goals to wrap up the scoring.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Luke Gianni won 15 of 20 faceoffs and collected 11 groundballs while Kelly registered five groundballs. Seniors Christian Jamison (Huntington, N.Y.) and David Klee (East Greenbush, N.Y.) both generated two caused turnovers as junior goalie Victor Fink (Haverford, Pa.) made five saves.

- The Engineers won 16 of 21 faceoffs and finished with advantages in shots (39-29) and groundballs (42-25).

- MIT was 9-of-14 in clearing attempts and was 0-of-4 in extra-man opportunities.

- The Lyons were 14-of-16 in clears and 1-of-2 in extra-man opportunities.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will host NEWMAC foe U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.

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