Dominant Second Half Powers Engineers to 20-4 Win Over Emerson

Gavin Vandenberg
Courtesy of DSPics.com

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 20, Emerson College 4

- Records: MIT (7-5, 3-1 NEWMAC); Emerson (5-8, 0-4 NEWMAC)

- Location: Boston, Mass. (Rotch Field)

- The Lead: The MIT men's lacrosse team rattled off 12 unanswered goals during the second half, helping it capture a 20-4 victory over NEWMAC foe Emerson College on Wednesday night. Freshman Gavin Vandenberg (Elmhurst, Ill.) paced the Engineers with five goals and one assist.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Freshman Mark Heatzig (Boca Raton, Fla.) produced two of MIT's first three goals of the game. He opened the scoring after 3:35 elapsed and after a strike by senior Graham Davis (Crofton, Md.), Heatzig connected on a feed from sophomore Jack Strachan (Moresville, N.C.) at the 5:55 mark. Emerson got on the scoreboard courtesy of a man-up strike with 27 seconds left.

- A solo effort by junior Jacob Stein (Vienna, Va.) increased the Engineers' lead to 4-1 almost two minutes into the second stanza. The Lions responded with back-to-back goals, coming within one with 8:28 on the clock. This was as close as it would get as MIT tallied four straight goals during the last 7:01 of the frame, entering halftime with an 8-3 advantage. Vandenberg started the run by redirecting a pass from sophomore Jonathan Monahemi (Great Neck, N.Y.) while senior Jack Kelly (Milford, Del.) increased the visitors' cushion following a pass from sophomore Aidan Westley (Palos Verdes, Calif.). Freshman Nicolas Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) and Davis then registered unassisted markers to close the half.

- Emerson ended its scoring drought after 1:28 expired in the third quarter, narrowing the gap to 8-4. With 10:14 on the clock, a strike by Gianni ignited the Engineers' 12-0 game-ending run.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Davis finished with four goals and one assist while freshman Oliver Heins (Fair Haven, N.J.) recorded the first hat trick of his career. Westley earned a trio of assists as sophomore Adam Gumbardo (Babylon, N.Y.) posted three groundballs, two caused turnovers, a 4-of-5 performance on the faceoff "x". Sophomore Joseph Vasile (Webster, N.Y.) won all six of his faceoffs and collected nine groundballs while junior Victor Fink (Haverford, Pa.) amassed 13 saves.

- MIT had a 38-33 edge in shots, was 13-of-16 in clears, and did not convert either of its extra-man opportunities.

- The Lions led the way in groundballs (32-28) and faceoff wins (15-13) while going 8-of-10 in clearing attempts and 1-of-4 in extra-man opportunities.

UP NEXT:

- MIT continues its road trip on Saturday, April 21 when it visits NEWMAC rival Springfield College for a 4:00 p.m. start.

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