Fast Start Helps Men's Lacrosse Defeat Massachusetts Maritime, 15-7

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- Score: MIT 15, Massachusetts Maritime Academy 7

- Records: MIT (7-5, 2-0 NEWMAC); Massachusetts Maritime (4-5, 0-3 NEWMAC)

- Location: Buzzards Bay, Mass. (Clean Harbors Stadium)

- The Lead: MIT raced out to an 8-0 lead before going on to defeat Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 15-7, in a NEWMAC men's lacrosse game on Saturday night. Junior Aidan Westley (Palos Verdes, Calif.) amassed six goals to go along with two caused turnovers for the Engineers.


- Westley put MIT on the board after two minutes elapsed and following a goal by first-year Jack Montinaro (Riverside, Conn.), Westley connected on a pass by Montinaro midway through the quarter. Senior Jake Stein (Vienna, Va.) found Westley, completing the hat trick, while Montinaro earned another assist courtesy of a strike by first-year Andy Shin (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), giving the Engineers a 5-0 lead at the end of the quarter.

- First-year James Santoro (Tewksbury, N.J.) set up Montinaro exactly 39 seconds into the second stanza as Westley quickly followed by redirecting a feed from junior Jonathan Monahemi (Great Neck, N.Y.). First-year Liam Miller (Pasadena, Calif.) capped MIT's 8-0 burst on a pass from Santoro at the 10:15 mark. Massachusetts Maritime ended the shutout two minutes later, scoring the first of back-to-back goals. Miller then found the back of the net with 7:08 on the clock, providing the final goal before halftime.

- A solo strike by Westley opened the third quarter, however, the Buccaneers responded with four straight goals to come within 10-6 with 4:46 remaining. Blasts by sophomore Mark Heatzig (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Montinaro increased the Engineers' cushion heading into the final frame.

- MIT outscored Massachusetts Maritime, 3-1, in the fourth quarter with Heatzig being a factor in each goal. He set up Westley after 1:27 expired and then scored on a pass from Santoro for a man-up goal a minute later. The Buccaneers recorded their final goal at the 11:38 mark while Stein wrapped up the scoring on pass from Heatzig in a span of 35 seconds.


- Heatzig finished with two goals, two assists, and two groundballs while Santoro registered three assists, two groundballs, and two caused turnovers. Montinaro totaled three goals and one assist as first-year Ben Dwyer (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) posted three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Sophomore Luke Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) won 10 of his 17 faceoffs and collected eight groundballs while senior Mitchell Galer (Westlake Village, Calif.) was 7-of-8 on the faceoff "X" and notched three groundballs. In net, first-year Lukas Drexler-Bruce (Denver, Colo.) made nine saves.

- The Engineers led the way in shots (46-28), groundballs (36-20), and faceoff wins (17-8).

- MIT was 17-of-20 during its clearing attempts and was 1-of-7 in extra-man opportunities.

- Massachusetts Maritime was 13-of-21 during its clearing attempts and converted one of its three extra-man opportunities.


- MIT returns to action on Saturday, April 13 with a visit to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a 1:00 p.m. NEWMAC game.


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