Big Second Half Lifts Coast Guard Past MIT, 17-9, in NEWMAC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Semifinal

Graham Davis
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THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 1 U.S. Coast Guard Academy 17, No. 4 MIT 9

- Records: MIT (8-8), Coast Guard (14-3)

- Location: New London, Conn. (Cadet Memorial Field)

- The Lead: Top-seeded U.S. Coast Guard Academy outscored No. 4 seed MIT, 12-5, in the second half to pull away for a 17-9 victory in the semifinals of the NEWMAC Men's Lacrosse Championship Tournament on Wednesday night. Senior Graham Davis (Crofton, Md.) powered the Engineers with three goals and two assists, helping him break the Institute record for goals in season as his total of 51 eclipsed the mark of 48 that was set by Jack Anderson in 1968.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Sophomore Jonathan Monahemi (Great Neck, N.Y.) connected on a pass from Davis after 1:06 elapsed and then Davis set up sophomore Jack Strachan (Moresville, N.C.) over a minute later. Coast Guard ended the shutout with just under seven minutes remaining and then scored twice during the last 1:29 to take a 3-2 edge at the end of the quarter.

- After five scoreless minutes to start the second stanza, the Bears increased their lead at the 10:10 mark and then found the back of the net 63 seconds later. A man-up goal by Davis ended MIT's scoring drought midway through the quarter. The Engineers narrowed the gap to 5-4 when freshman Nicolas Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) found Davis with 3:13 left in the frame.

- Coast Guard rattled off three goals to start the third quarter before a defensive battle ensued. Sophomore Aidan Westley (Palos Verdes, Calif.) ended the stalemate when he redirected a feed from senior Mitch Turley (Westfield, Ind.) with 4:57 to go. The Bears replied with back-to-back goals exactly 1:01 apart to take a 10-5 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

- The Bears carried the momentum into the final frame with an early strike. However, MIT rattled off three straight goals to come within 11-8 with 9:05 on the clock. A solo effort by freshman Mark Heatzig (Boca Raton, Fla.) was followed by an unassisted marker from Turley. Heatzig capped the spurt when he connected on a feed from Strachan in a span of 52 seconds. This was as close as it would get as Coast Guard generated six unanswered goals, putting the game out of reach. Davis provided the final goal of the game with 1:56 remaining.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Davis finished with four goals and one assist as Gianni collected five groundballs, followed by four from senior David Klee (East Greenbush, N.Y.) and three by sophomore Joseph Vasile (Webster, N.Y.). Senior Christian Jamison (Huntington, N.Y.) generated three caused turnovers while sophomore Adam Gumbardo (Babylon, N.Y.) produced two caused turnovers. In net, junior Victor Fink (Haverford, Pa.) made eight saves.

- Coast Guard ended the night with advantages in faceoff wins (21-9), shots (48-30), and groundballs (36-26).

- MIT was 14-of-17 in clearing attempts while the Bears were 16-of-18 on their clears.

- Both teams converted one of their two extra-man opportunities.

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