Colorado College Defeats MIT Men’s Lacrosse, 12-8

Mark Heatzig
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THE BASICS:

- Score: Colorado College 12, MIT 8

- Records: MIT (4-4); Colorado College (7-3)

- Location: Colorado Springs, Colo. (Washburn Field)

- The Lead: Colorado College outscored the MIT men's lacrosse team, 10-3, in the second half, helping it come from behind to defeat the Engineers, 12-8, on Monday night. Sophomore Mark Heatzig (Boca Raton, Fla.) powered MIT with six goals.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Heatzig opened the scoring after 1:03 expired and then sophomore Nicolas Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) connected on a pass from first-year James Santoro (Tewksbury, N.J.) with just under 10 minutes left in the quarter.

- A defensive battle ensued until the Tigers found the back of the net at the 11:53 mark of the second stanza. Santoro earned another assist on a strike by Heatzig but Colorado College narrowed the gap to 3-2 with 8:12 on the clock. Santoro replied with a solo effort 1:24 later and then found Heatzig for a man-up strike, helping him complete the hat trick as MIT entered halftime with a 5-2 edge.

- The Tigers controlled the action in the third quarter, rattling off five unanswered goals to go in front, 7-5.

- The Engineers ended their scoring drought 1:26 into the final frame when Heatzig redirected a feed from sophomore Gavin Vandenberg (Elmhurst, Ill.). Colorado College replied with two quick strikes but Heatzig trimmed the deficit to 9-7 with 9:38 remaining. The Tigers countered with three goals while the tandem of Heatzig and Santoro collaborated for another extra-man strike with 2:39 to go. MIT won the ensuing faceoff which led to a pair of Heatzig shots that were saved. Both sides traded possessions down the stretch, maintaining the four-goal margin.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Santoro finished with one goal and four assists while junior Jameson Kief (Plantsville, Conn.) produced three caused turnovers. First-years Dennis Gastel (Lincoln, R.I.) and Ben Dwyer (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) both generated three groundballs while sophomore Luke Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) won 15 of his 23 faceoff attempts. In net, first-year Lukas Drexler-Bruce (Denver, Colo.) totaled 15 saves and three groundballs.

- Colorado College ended the night with advantages in shots (57-27), shots on goal (27-19), and groundballs (22-14) while MIT had the upper hand in faceoff wins (15-8).

- The Engineers were 11-of-20 during their clearing attempts and converted two of their three extra-man opportunities.

- The Tigers were 20-of-22 during their clearing attempts and were unsuccessful during their three man-up chances.

UP NEXT:

- MIT wraps up its trip to Colorado College on Wednesday, March 27 when it plays nationally-ranked No. 14 Williams College at 2:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. Mountain Time).

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