Third-Quarter Run Powers No. 14 Williams to 16-9 Win Over Men’s Lacrosse

Jake Stein
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THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 14 Williams College 16, MIT 9

- Records: MIT (4-5); Williams (6-1)

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

- The Lead: Nationally-ranked No. 14 Williams College generated six unanswered goals in the third quarter, helping it pull away for a 16-9 victory over MIT in a non-conference men's lacrosse game at Colorado College on Wednesday. First-year James Santoro (Tewksbury, N.J.) powered the Engineers with four goals and one assist.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Williams registered three goals during the first 4:14 of the game while a solo strike by sophomore Nicolas Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) put MIT on the board at the 6:13 mark. The Ephs increased their advantage four minutes later to 4-1.

- Williams found the back of the net four minutes into the second stanza but the Engineers won the ensuing faceoff and first-year Andy Shin (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) set up Gianni for the quick strike. The Ephs replied with back-to-back goals, moving the score to 7-2 midway through the quarter. MIT countered with a 4-1 run to enter halftime trailing, 8-6. Santoro connected on a pass from first-year Jack Montinaro (Riverside, Conn.) and after a Williams goal, Santoro buried another marker. Junior Jonathan Monahemi (Great Neck, N.Y.) scored with 53 seconds on the clock while Santoro completed the hat trick courtesy of a pass from sophomore Gavin Vandenberg (Elmhurst, Ill.) with two ticks left.

- This was as close as it would get as the Ephs put together their pivotal run, building a 14-6 advantage with 4:04 left in the third quarter. The Engineers ended their scoring drought during the last two minutes of the frame with Santoro being a factor in both goals. He first connected on pass from senior Jake Stein (Vienna, Va.) at the 1:49 mark and then set up Gianni for a man-up goal with 33 seconds to go.

- In the fourth quarter, a pair of Williams' goals sandwiched a solo strike by Stein, resulting in a 16-9 final score.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Gianni posted a hat trick while Stein notched one goal and one assist. Sophomore Luke Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) won 12 of his 23 faceoff attempts and collected nine groundballs as first-year Ben Dwyer (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) recorded two groundballs and one caused turnover. Junior Robert DeLaus (Andover, Mass.) totaled two caused turnovers and one groundball while first-year Lukas Drexler-Bruce (Denver, Colo.) made 10 saves.

- Williams had a 43-40 advantage in shots but MIT finished with a 27-26 edge in shots on goal. The Ephs also led the way in groundballs (30-20).

- The Engineers were 15-of-19 during their clearing attempts and converted one of their three extra-man opportunities.

- Williams was 16-of-22 during its clearing attempts and was 1-of-2 with a man advantage.

UP NEXT:

- MIT kicks off NEWMAC play on Saturday, March 30 when it hosts Wheaton College at 1:00 p.m.

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