MIT Defeats Wheaton, 17-12, in NEWMAC Men’s Lacrosse Opener

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- Score: MIT 17, Wheaton College 12

- Records: MIT (5-5, 1-0 NEWMAC); Wheaton (5-3, 0-1 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)

- The Lead: In the NEWMAC men's lacrosse opener for both teams, MIT defeated Wheaton College, 17-12, on Saturday afternoon. First-year James Santoro (Tewksbury, N.J.) powered the Engineers with one goal and five assists while Pete Chisholm led the way for the Lyons with four goals and two assists.


- First-year Jack Montinaro (Riverside, Conn.) set up sophomore Nicolas Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) for the opening goal after 38 seconds elapsed. Solo efforts by junior Jonathan Monahemi (Great Neck, N.Y.) and sophomore Mark Heatzig (Boca Raton, Fla.) increased MIT's lead to 3-0 with 9:12 on the clock. Less than two minutes later, Chisholm found the back of the net, setting off an exchange of goals that made the score 5-2 at the end of the quarter.

- A blast by Gil Bach at the 13:47 mark of the second stanza kept Wheaton within striking distance. However, sophomore Luke Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) won the ensuing faceoff and scored in six seconds, sparking a 5-1 run that spanned five minutes and resulted in a 10-4 advantage. A defensive battle ensued for the remainder of the quarter, maintaining the Engineers' comfortable cushion.

- MIT ended the stalemate 2:14 into the third quarter when Nicolas Gianni connected on a pass from senior Jake Stein (Vienna, Va.). The hosts' lead grew to 12-4 courtesy of junior Aidan Westley's (Palos Verdes, Calif.) goal that was set up by Heatzig with 10:15 on the clock. The Lyons responded with four unanswered goals, cutting their deficit in half (12-8) with just over minutes left in the frame. Chisholm was a factor in three of the goals as he started the spurt by redirecting a pass from Mike Abramo and then earned assists on strikes by CJ Leighton and Alex Berg. The Engineers' scoring drought ended on a man-up goal by Montinaro with 1:09 remaining.

- MIT carried the momentum into the fourth quarter as it generated three consecutive goals during the first five minutes. Heatzig recorded a pair of man-up strikes while sophomore Oliver Heins (Fair Haven, N.J.) gave the Engineers a 16-8 lead. The score remained unchanged until Chisholm completed the hat trick with 6:36 left to play, kicking off a 4-1 run to end the game.


- Heatzig finished with three goals and two assists while Westley and Montinaro both produced two goals and two assists. Junior Joe Vasile (Webster, N.Y.) collected seven groundballs while Luke Gianni won 10 of his 18 faceoff attempts and generated six groundballs. Junior Robert DeLaus (Andover, Mass.) had three caused turnovers, followed by two from senior Aubrey Toland (Princeton, N.J.). In net, first-year Lukas Drexler-Bruce (Denver, Colo.) made six saves in 57 minutes as senior Alexander Lynch (Roswell, Ga.) closed out the game with one stop.

- Abramo recorded two goals and two assists while Leighton posted two goals and three groundballs. Matt Morgan contributed one goal and one assist as Teg Cosgriff notched three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Troy Sliney won 15 of his 22 faceoffs and scooped up five groundballs while Chandler Miller registered 12 saves.

- MIT ended the day with advantages in shots (50-29), shots on goal (29-19), and groundballs. Wheaton had an 18-15 edge in faceoff wins.

- The Engineers were 18-of-20 during their clearing attempts and converted four of their six extra-man opportunities.

- The Lyons were 10-of-16 during their clearing attempts and scored during two of their four extra-man chances.


- Both teams host non-conference opponents in their next outings. MIT will take on Johnson & Wales University on Wednesday, April 3 at 5:00 p.m. while Wheaton will play New England College a day earlier at 7:00 p.m.


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