Cambridge, Mass. – Host MIT scored four of the last five goals, including the gamewinner with 33 seconds left in the second overtime to escape with a thrilling 8-7 win over Clark University in Pilgrim League men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Steinbrenner Stadium.
Sean Burke scored the final four goals of the game for the Engineers to finish with five markers, catapulting MIT into postseason play. With the win MIT evens its record at 7-7, including 3-3 in league play locking up the fourth and final spot in upcoming league tournament.
Clark, meanwhile, ends its season at 6-8 for the third consecutive year and in double overtime in back-to-back seasons.
Chris Johnson (Amherst, Mass.) opened up the game with a natural hat trick, scoring the contest's first three goals with the last coming with a little more than four minutes left in the second quarter.
The momentum shifted to the Engineers less than two minutes later when Ben Wessels converted a man-down goal, making the score 3-1. The Clark lead was 3-2 midway through the second half when Burke notched his first goal of the game.
Johnson put the Cougars back up by two with his fourth goal of the first half with 2:09 left but a stick violation during a timeout was called giving the Engineers the possession. Ernie Park then set up Hessels for his second goal with 32 seconds left in the half to make the score 4-3 going into halftime.
Clark scored the first two goals of the second half on tallies by Johnson and Jeffrey Wasson (Buckhorn, Ontario), but MIT added a score from Bill Kelleher with under three minutes left in the quarter to start the comeback.
Wasson stemmed the tide to open up the fourth with his 40th goal of the season – the third most in a single season in school history.
Unfortunately, for the Cougars Wasson's score would be Clark's last as Burke scored four straight, including a pair of man-up goals – the second of which forced overtime with 38 seconds left in regulation.
Matt Fields (Oceanside, N.Y.) controlled the faceoff circle, winning 15 of 20 faceoffs, while Andrew DeVito (Glastonbury, Conn.) was spectacular in goal in his final collegiate contest, recording a career-high 20 saves.