-Score: MIT 16, Clark Univeristy 9
-Records: Clark (8-7, NEWMAC 3-4), MIT (8-7, NEWMAC 4-3)
-Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)
The Lead: The Clark University men's lacrosse team fell to the Engineers of MIT in their season finale on Saturday afternoon. The win for MIT clinched the fourth seed in the upcoming New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference tournament.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Engineers opened the scoring with back-to-back goals that came just 14-seconds apart as Mitch Turley (Westfield, Ind.) registered the game's first goal off a feed by Jack Strachan (Moresville, N.C.) at 13:43 and freshman Luke Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) doubled MIT's lead with an unassisted marker at 13:29. Andrew Hollerbach (West Hartford, Conn.) and Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) both added unassisted goals before the end of the quarter to close the game to 3-2.
-Leading 3-2 after one, MIT outscored Clark, 5-1, in the second to extend its lead to 8-3 at the break. In the second, the Engineers received two goals by Davis and one by each of Turley, Nicolas Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) and Mark Heatzig (Boca Raton, Fla.). During the second, freshman Eric Pence (Portland, Ore.) notched his first collegiate assist on Davis' second goal of the stanza.
-Clark outscored MIT, 3-1, in the third to cut its deficit to three at 9-6. Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.) added two goals with Will Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) assisting on the second and Jack Pierce (Westborough, Mass.) closed the stanza with a goal of his own at the 2:37 mark. the Engineers put seven on the board in the final quarter to secure the win 16-9 and secure a spot in the NEWMAC postseason tournament for the fifth straight season.
- In the fourth quarter run, L. Gianni and Dylan Marlborough (Cutchogue, N.Y.) scored right off their respective face-offs to begin the spurt. Additionally, sophomore Robert DeLaus (Andover, Mass.) tallied his first collegiate goal and point which came as MIT's 13th goal of the game. The Cougars got as close as five (14-9) after three straight goals form King, Pierce and Owen Lamerson (Greenlawn, N.Y.), but the Engineers answered with back-to-back goals by Turley and Marlborough to end the game and give MIT the victory by a 16-9 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Offensively, Davis and Turley led the Engineers as both registered hat tricks, their 12th and second of the spring, respectively. MIT also got two goals apiece from L. Gianni, N.Gianni and Marlborough in the balanced effort. Rosco powered Clark's offense with his team-high three goals today.
- On the defensive side of the ball, MIT's L. Gianni scooped up a game-high 12 ground balls, while Jamison tallied a pair of caused turnovers for the Engineers. In net, Victor Fink( Haverford, Pa.) stopped the ball 14 times to improve to 6-4 for MIT, while Clark's Thomas Berzok was handed his first loss of the spring (0-1) with 2-0 saves between the pipes.
- MIT won 22-of-29 face-offs thanks to 16 victories at the X by L. Gianni (16-for-22), a 5-for-6 performance by Marlborough and a 1-for-1 day by Joseph Vasile (Webster, N.Y.).
- As a team, MIT scooped up a season-high 48 ground balls and went 10-for-15 in clearing attempt, while Clark registered 29 ground balls and was 19-for-24 on clears.