Late Rally Falls Short as Springfield Holds on to Defeat Men's Lacrosse, 12-10

Nicolas Gianni
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THE BASICS:

- Score: Springfield College 12, MIT 10

- Records: MIT (7-6, 3-2 NEWMAC); Springfield (9-5, 4-1 NEWMAC)

- Location: Springfield, Mass. (Stagg Field)

- The Lead: Despite coming within two goals with 2:02 left to play and generating four shots down the stretch, the MIT men's lacrosse team would not get any closer as Springfield College held on for a 12-10 NEWMAC victory on Saturday. Freshman Nicolas Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) paced the Engineers with six points on two goals and four assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Freshman Gavin Vandenberg (Elmhurst, Ill.) opened the scoring after 1:36 elapsed but Springfield registered three goals during the next 10 minutes to claim the lead. Vandenberg picked up his second point of the day on a man-up goal by Gianni, however, the Pride increased its cushion to 4-2 with 47 seconds left in the quarter.

- A solo effort by senior Graham Davis (Crofton, Md.) cut the visitors' deficit in half just over two minutes into the second stanza and then Gianni quickly found senior Jack Kelly (Milford, Del.) for the equalizer. Springfield inched ahead with 9:59 on the clock but in a span of 50 seconds sophomore Aidan Westley (Palos Verdes, Calif.) evened the score at five. The Pride responded with a pair of goals, creating a small cushion heading into the intermission.

- Springfield carried the momentum into the third quarter, tacking on three more goals to go up 10-5 at the 9:08 mark. Davis ended MIT's scoring drought two minutes later while Gianni connected on a pass from junior Jacob Stein (Vienna, Va.) with 4:02 on the clock.

- The score remained unchanged until a man-up goal by the Pride at the 9:26 mark of the fourth quarter. Gianni set up Davis for an extra-man strike, narrowing the gap to 11-8 just over two minutes later. However, Springfield continued the exchange of goals by finding the back of the net with 5:08 remaining.

- Despite the deficit the Engineers continued to attack, as Gianni earned assists on their next two goals. He first found freshman Mark Heatzig (Boca Raton, Fla.) for a man-up tally with 2:27 to go and then 25 seconds later he set up Davis. MIT won the ensuing faceoff and produced four shots, including one that was saved with 11 seconds left.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Davis totaled four goals while senior David Klee (East Greenbush, N.Y.) produced three caused turnovers. Freshman Luke Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) won 21 of his 26 faceoff attempts and scooped up a game-high 14 groundballs as junior Victor Fink (Haverford, Pa.) made nine saves.

- The Engineers finished the day with advantages in faceoff wins (21-5), shots (44-35), and groundballs (29-18). The visitors were also 11-of-15 in clearing attempts and 3-of-6 in extra-man opportunities. The Pride was 18-of-22 in clears and 2-of-3 in extra-man opportunities.

UP NEXT:

- MIT wraps up its NEWMAC road trip on Wednesday, April 25 when it visits Babson College for a 7:00 p.m. start.

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