Men's Lacrosse Tops Emerson, 7-4

James Santoro
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THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 7, Emerson College 4

- Records: MIT (8-6, 3-1 NEWMAC); Emerson (2-12, 0-4 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)

- The Lead: MIT built a 5-0 lead early in the third quarter before going on to defeat Emerson College, 7-4, in a NEWMAC men's lacrosse game on Wednesday night. First-year James Santoro (Tewksbury, N.J.) powered the Engineers with three goals, one assist, and three groundballs while Malcolm McGrath amassed a career-high 22 saves for the Lions.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In the defensive battle that was the first quarter, McGrath made six saves before first-year Andy Shin (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) connected on a pass from Santoro for the first goal of the game at the 7:03 mark. The score remained unchanged until first-year Liam Miller (Pasadena, Calif.) found the back of the net just over a minute into the second quarter. A solo effort by Santoro increased MIT's lead four minutes later while junior Jonathan Monahemi (Great Neck, N.Y.) set up sophomore Oliver Heins (Fair Haven, N.J.) with 3:30 left in the half, giving the hosts a 4-0 advantage heading into the intermission.

- Santoro buried his second marker of the night after 2:05 elapsed in the third quarter. Emerson ended the shutout at the 9:34 mark when Skyler Celotto redirected a feed from Hunter Gervais. Almost a minute later, the Lions narrowed the gap to 5-2 courtesy of a strike by Jared Brush which was assisted by Pierce Eldredge. Santoro completed the hat trick and gave the Engineers some breathing room with 7:55 on the clock, however, the defensive battle returned as both sides were held scoreless for the remainder of the frame.

- Sophomore Mark Heatzig (Boca Raton, Fla.) ended the stalemate by connecting on a pass from first-year Jack Montinaro (Riverside, Conn.), moving the score to 7-2 at the 13:39 mark of the fourth quarter. The game became a back-and-forth affair until Celotto buried a man-up goal that was set up by Tim Doyle with 3:55 remaining. Emerson then capped the scoring on Austin Franklin's goal with 25 ticks left.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- First-year Ben Dwyer (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) produced six groundballs and two caused turnovers as senior Aubrey Toland (Princeton, N.J.) notched two groundballs and two caused turnovers. Senior Mitchell Galer (Westlake Village, Calif.) won seven of his 14 faceoffs. In net, senior Alexander Lynch (Roswell, Ga.) generated seven saves in 54 minutes of action while classmate Victor Fink (Haverford, Pa.) turned away one shot down the stretch.

- Celotto finished with two goals and three groundballs as Jiwon Kim produced two caused turnovers. Austin DiPietro was 7-of-13 on the faceoff "X" and collected five groundballs.

- MIT had the upper hand in shots (43-24) and groundballs (24-18) while Emerson ended the night with an 8-7 edge in faceoff wins.

- The Engineers were 13-of-15 during their clearing attempts and did not have any extra-man opportunities.

- The Lions were 15-of-25 during their clearing attempts and went 1-of-3 with a player advantage.

UP NEXT:

- Both teams host NEWMAC foes on Saturday, April 20. MIT will play Springfield College at 1:00 p.m. while Emerson will take on Wheaton College at 5:00 p.m.

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