MIT Falls to Coast Guard, 17-10, in Men’s Lacrosse

Lukas Drexler-Bruce
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THE BASICS:

- Score: U.S. Coast Guard Academy 17, MIT 10

- Records: MIT (7-6, 2-1 NEWMAC); Coast Guard (10-2, 3-0 NEWMAC)

- Location: New London, Conn. (Cadet Memorial Field)

- The Lead: In a battle of undefeated NEWMAC men's lacrosse teams, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy topped MIT, 17-10, on Saturday afternoon. Junior Aidan Westley (Palos Verdes, Calif.) and first-year James Santoro (Tewksbury, N.J.) both produced five points for the Engineers, Westley with three goals and two assists while Santoro had one goal and four assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Coast Guard got on the scoreboard after 1:12 elapsed but Santoro found sophomore Gavin Vandenberg (Elmhurst, Ill.) for the equalizer just over a minute later. The Bears responded with five unanswered goals, including a pair of man-up strikes. MIT ended its scoring drought when first-year Andy Shin (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) redirected a feed from classmate Jack Montinaro (Riverside, Conn.) with 28 seconds left, making the score 6-2.

- Coast Guard once again had an early marker in the second quarter, but a defensive battle ensued until the Bears found the back of the net at the 5:46 mark. First-year Liam Miller (Pasadena, Calif.) scored 54 seconds later, however, Coast Guard won the ensuing faceoff and quickly increased its lead to 9-3. Sophomore Oliver Heins (Fair Haven, N.J.) provided the final goal of the half with 1:13 left.

- The hosts controlled the action in the third quarter as they outscored the Engineers, 3-1, resulting in a 12-5 advantage. Westley accounted for MIT's only goal, which occurred with 35 seconds remaining.

- In the fourth quarter, senior Jake Stein (Vienna, Va.) connected on a Santoro pass after 47 seconds expired. Coast Guard responded with four straight goals, establishing a 16-6 margin at the 8:35 mark. Despite the deficit the Engineers continued to attack, generating a 4-1 run during the final 4:08 of the game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Miller chipped in two goals while first-year Ben Dwyer (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) produced four caused turnovers. Junior Jameson Kief (Plantsville, Conn.) totaled four groundballs as sophomore Luke Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) posted five groundballs and had a 7-of-21 performance on the faceoff "X". In net, first-year Lukas Drexler-Bruce (Denver, Colo.) racked up 14 saves, two groundballs, and two caused turnovers.

- Coast Guard ended the day with the upper hand in shots (49-30), groundballs (50-29), faceoff wins (20-10).

- The Engineers were 16-of-23 during their clearing attempts and converted one of their two extra-man opportunities.

- The Bears were 26-of-29 during their clearing attempts and were 3-of-5 with a player advantage.

UP NEXT:

- MIT continues NEWMAC play on Wednesday, April 17 when it hosts Emerson College at 7:00 p.m.

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