Men's Lacrosse Defeats UMass Dartmouth, 12-10

Ben Dwyer
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THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 12, UMass Dartmouth 10

- Records: MIT (4-3); UMass Dartmouth (2-2)

- Location: Dartmouth, Mass. (Cressy Field)

- The Lead: MIT opened the game with seven unanswered goals and held off a late rally by UMass Dartmouth, defeating the Corsairs, 12-10, in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon. First-year James Santoro (Tewksbury, N.J.), sophomore Nicolas Gianni (Henderson, Nev.), and junior Aidan Westley (Palos Verdes, Calif.) each produced four points for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Gianni registered the first goal of the game at the 8:14 mark and then Santoro increased MIT's lead with 55 seconds left in the first quarter.

- First-year Ben Dwyer (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) buried his first intercollegiate marker almost three minutes into the second quarter. Westley followed by being a factor in the Engineers' next three goals. He found sophomore Gavin Vandenberg (Elmhurst, Ill.) for a man-up strike and then scored on passes from Gianni and sophomore Mark Heatzig (Boca Raton, Fla.). Sophomore Luke Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) won the ensuing faceoff and set up Nicolas Gianni for MIT's seventh goal of the game with 9:05 on the clock.

- UMass Dartmouth got on the scoreboard just over a minute later but Santoro connected on a feed from Westley with 1:26 remaining. The Corsairs replied with a quick strike, entering halftime trailing, 8-2.

- Sophomore Oliver Heins (Fair Haven, N.J.) found the back of the net five minutes into the third quarter while Santoro gave the Engineers their largest lead of the day (10-2) at the 5:31 mark. UMass Dartmouth ended its scoring drought with a pair of goals during the last 3:55 of the frame.

- The hosts carried the momentum into the fourth quarter by recording two more goals, narrowing the gap to 10-6 with 11:39 on the clock. Heatzig registered what proved to be the game-winning goal by redirecting a pass from Vandenberg almost three minutes later. The Corsairs responded with a 4-1 run to end the game, including two goals during the final 40 seconds.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Santoro and Nicolas Gianni both posted three goals and one assist while Santoro added five groundballs. Westley totaled two goals and two assists as senior Aubrey Toland (Princeton, N.J.) generated two caused turnovers. Luke Gianni won nine of his 12 faceoff attempts and collected eight groundballs while first-year Dennis Gastel (Lincoln, R.I.) was 7-of-14 in faceoffs and produced five groundballs. In net, first-year Lukas Drexler-Bruce (Denver, Colo.) made nine saves.

- Both teams tallied 33 shots, however, MIT had a 25-19 advantage in shots on goal. The Engineers won 16 of 26 faceoffs while UMass Dartmouth had a 38-37 edge in groundballs.

- MIT was 15-of-17 during its clearing attempts and converted one of its four extra-man opportunities.

- The Corsairs were 17-of-21 during their clearing attempts and did not have any man-up opportunities. 

UP NEXT:

- MIT will kick off its spring training trip with a game at Colorado College on Monday, March 25 at 8:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. Mountain Time).

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