Men's Lacrosse Falls to Springfield in Overtime, 14-13, in NEWMAC Semifinals

Men's Lacrosse Falls to Springfield in Overtime, 14-13, in NEWMAC Semifinals

THE BASICS:

- Score: Springfield College 14, MIT 13 (OT)

- Records: MIT (10-8); Springfield College (9-9)

- Location: Springfield, Mass. (Stagg Field)

- The Lead: The MIT men's lacrosse team saw its 2019 season come to a close tonight as the third-seeded Engineers fell to the second-seeded Springfield College Pride, 14-13, in overtime in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Semifinals on Stagg Field. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Trailing 3-2 coming out of the first quarter, MIT built its lead to up to three (6-3) with four straight goals with a run that spanned nearly 11 minutes. Sophomore Gavin Vandenberg (Elmhurst, Ill.) began the run with a goal off a feed by classmate Mark Heatzig (Boca Raton, Fla.) 4:34 into the second. The run was capped by junior Aidan Westley (Palos Verdes, Calif.), who scored on the man advantage.

- First-year James Santoro (Tewksbury, N.J.) posted a goal and an assist over the opening 22 minutes of the contest to break the single-season points record that was set by Dave Chang '89 during the 1989 season. Santoro ended his rookie campaign with 82 points that came from 31 goals and 51 assists.

- With MIT up just one at 6-5 coming out of the halftime break, the Engineers used five goals compared to the Pride's three in the third to extend their lead back to three at 11-8. The stanza saw two goals by first-year Jack Montinaro (Riverside, Conn.) and one goal apiece from junior Jonathan Monahemi (Great Neck, N.Y.), Vandenberg and Santoro.

- Springfield answered in the fourth by outscoring MIT 6-2 in the fourth to send the game to overtime, the second time these teams would need extra time to decide a winner this season. With under a minute to play, Westley put MIT ahead 13-12, but with 11 ticks left Lucas Habich found the back of the net for Springfield to push the game to OT.

- Both teams took two shots in the extra session, but it was Ray McCarthy's goal on the man-advantage with 43-seconds left on the clock that secured the win for Springfield.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Vandenberg registered his fourth straight hat trick and his fifth of the season with his trio of goals tonight. The sophomore ended his season by scoring 15 goals over the final four games of the year. Santoro, Westley and Montinaro all scored twice for the Engineers as well.

- Defensively, sophomore Luke Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) tallied a game-high 13 ground balls, which marks the second-most he has had all year. Gianni also won 19 of 30 faceoffs for the Engineers in the season finale. 

- In net, Springfield's Cole Flaherty made 12 saves, while MIT's Lukas Drexler-Bruce (Denver, Colo.) stopped eight shots tonight. 

- As a team, MIT held statistical advantages in ground balls (38-25) and shots (51-39). The Engineers were also nearly perfect in clearing attempts as MIT went 12-for-13 over 63 minutes of play. 

- MIT made its sixth straight appearance in the NEWMAC Semifinals this season and tonight's matchup against the Pride was just the second between the two clubs in the Engineers six NEWMAC postseason contests.

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