Engineers' Offense Explodes as MIT Rolls Over Penn State-Behrend, 23-5

Engineers' Offense Explodes as MIT Rolls Over Penn State-Behrend, 23-5

Sept. 2, 2007

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - An astonishing seven Engineers tallied multiple goals in a huge 23-5 victory over Penn State-Behrend on Sunday morning, as MIT concluded play at the season-opening Navy Labor Day Open with a record of 1-1 against intercollegiate opponents. Junior Mike Smith-Bronstein led the charge for the Cardinal and Gray, scoring five times, while freshmen Alex Mattfolk and John Preis pitched in with three goals apiece.

The Engineers came out of the gates with a clear hunger for goals against the Lions (0-4), and that desire was satisfied with five strikes in the opening quarter. From there, MIT never looked back, pounding the Behrend net with a barrage of immensely accurate shots. Junior Palmer Rosemond, sophomore Mark Artz and freshmen Grant Tomassi and Spencer Williams rounded out Tech's contingent of multi-goal scorers, finishing with a pair each. For Tomassi and Williams, the tallies were the first of their intercollegiate careers.

Sophomores Rob Kalwarowsky and Devin Lewis also scored for Tech, while rookies Gavin Darcy - bagging the first of his career - and Brian Gardiner completed the scoring. The 23-goal output was the highest since MIT put 25 past Connecticut College in a 25-10 victory in 2000, and the total was just five off the program record of 28, achieved in a 28-18 win over Kalamazoo College in 1996.

Sophomore Nick Souza started the game in net, allowing just one goal while making four saves and two steals. Fellow sophomore Hiroshi Mendoza stopped three shots and allowed four goals after taking over goalkeeping duties.

The 23-5 triumph was the first of Adam Foley's intercollegiate head coaching career.

The Engineers also competed in an afternoon fixture against No. 13 ranked Pacific University's B Team, though the game was shortened to merely two quarters after the previous game between Navy and St. Francis College went to overtime, creating a scheduling conflict with Pacific's travel plans. MIT led, 11-7, at the conclusion of the first half.

Preis continued his bright start to his intercollegiate career by notching three more goals, while Smith-Bronstein and Lewis contributed with two goals apiece. Sophomores Artz and Kalwarowksy and freshmen Darcy and Gardiner all netted once each to round out the scoring.

MIT will return to action on Friday, Sept. 7, when it will host defending Division III National Champion University of California-Santa Cruz at 7:30 p.m., in the opening contest of the MIT Invitational, which will run until Sunday, Sept. 9.