MIT Rallies to Defeat Babson, 13-12, in Men’s Lacrosse

An action photo of Luke Gianni, facing to the left, taking a faceoff
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THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 13, Babson College 12

- Records: MIT (9-7, 4-2 NEWMAC); Babson (8-7, 4-2 NEWMAC)

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

- The Lead: MIT put together a 7-1 run during the final 15:24 of regulation to capture a 13-12 come-from-behind victory over Babson College in NEWMAC men's lacrosse action on Wednesday night. Sophomore Luke Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) buried the game-winning goal with 5:52 left to play while winning 23 of his 26 faceoff attempts and collecting a program-record 21 groundballs. Ethan Carpenter led the way for the Beavers with two goals and three assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT sophomore Gavin Vandenberg (Elmhurst, Ill.) opened the scoring after 50 seconds expired but Matthew MacCune quickly buried the equalizer. Junior Aidan Westley (Palos Verdes, Calif.) put the Engineers back in front, however, MacCune registered back-to-back goals, giving the Beavers a 3-2 edge at the end of the quarter.

- Carpenter earned his second assist of the game when he found Mason O'Hanlon at the 12:11 mark of the second stanza. MIT responded with a pair of goals by sophomore Mark Heatzig (Boca Raton, Fla.) that were both set up by first-year Jack Montinaro (Riverside, Conn.), the first occurring with a man up. Babson countered with five unanswered goals during the last 8:08 of the frame to establish a 9-4 advantage at the intermission. O'Hanlon tacked on two more goals while Quinn Schomp notched a goal and an assist.

- Like the first quarter, Vandenberg connected on a pass from first-year James Santoro (Tewksbury, N.J.) early in the third quarter. Brendan Duffy quickly redirected a feed from Owen Allen, moving the score to 10-5 at the 10:37 mark. A defensive battle ensued until Vandenberg buried an unassisted goal with 3:12 on the clock. Just over two minutes later Carpenter found the back of the net, but Santoro scored with 24 seconds left, narrowing the gap to 11-7.

- The Engineers carried the momentum into the final frame as Montinaro was a factor in two early goals. He first found Vandenberg for a man-up goal after 24 seconds elapsed and then he scored almost a minute later. A solo strike by Carpenter increased the Beavers' cushion to 12-9 with 11:52 remaining.

- The score remained unchanged MIT rattled off four goals in a span of 1:54. Junior Jonathan Monahemi's (Great Neck, N.Y.) blast with 7:46 on the clock was quickly followed by another Vandenberg goal that was set up by Monahemi. Heatzig buried the equalizer at the 5:57 mark and then Gianni won the ensuing faceoff and went directly to net for the game-winner. Both sides traded possessions during the final 5:52 with both goalies coming up with saves down the stretch.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Vandenberg finished with a game-high five goals while Santoro and Montinaro both produced one goal and three assists. Heatzig posted a hat trick as senior Aubrey Toland (Princeton, N.J.) totaled five groundballs and a caused turnover. In net, first-year Lukas Drexler-Bruce (Denver, Colo.) generated nine saves.

- MacCune recorded three goals and one assist while O'Hanlon had a hat trick. Schomp and Thomas Calvert both collected four groundballs, followed by three from Ryan Blackburn. Jack Tague and Will Messner bolstered the defense with two caused turnovers as Christopher Aranalde made eight saves. 

- MIT ended the night with advantages in groundballs (39-21) and faceoff wins (24-4) while Babson had the edge in shots (37-32).

- The Engineers were 10-of-17 during their clearing attempts and converted both of their extra-man opportunities.

- The Beavers were 20-of-22 during their clearing attempts and went 0-for-1 with an extra man.

UP NEXT:

- Both teams wrap up the NEWMAC regular season on the road on Saturday, April 27. MIT will travel to Clark University for a 6:00 p.m. start while Babson will head to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a 3:00 p.m. game.

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