Big First Half Powers Men's Lacrosse Past Curry, 12-9

A photo of the men's lacrosse team taking the field
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THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 12, Curry College 9

- Records: MIT (4-1); Curry (0-4)

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

- The Lead: The MIT men's lacrosse team outscored Curry College, 8-2, in the first half en route to a 12-9 victory on Tuesday afternoon. The Engineers' produced a balanced attack that saw four players register three points. The Colonels, meanwhile, were paced by Andrew DeLeary who posted three goals and one assist.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The majority of the first quarter was a defensive battle until MIT junior Gavin Vandenberg (Elmhurst, Ill.) broke through with 3:37 left in the frame. He then earned an assist on a strike by first-year Bennett Stankovits (Rumson, N.J.) exactly 1:19 later. The scoring burst quickly continued courtesy of a solo effort from first-year Tory Lentine (Flemington, N.J.) as sophomore James Santoro (Tewksbury, N.J.) gave the Engineers a 4-0 lead with 42 seconds on the clock.

- MIT carried the momentum into the second stanza as senior Jonathan Monahemi (Great Neck, N.Y.) found the back of the net after two minutes elapsed. Curry ended the shutout at the 11:50 mark on a blast from Cameron Nigro and then DeLeary narrowed the gap to 5-2 midway through the quarter. The Engineers replied with three straight goals to enter halftime with an 8-2 advantage.

- Sophomore Andy Shin (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), who capped the first-half scoring, provided MIT's first marker of the third quarter on pass by Lentine with 12:52 on the clock. Nigro scored for the Colonels just over a minute later, however, strikes by Shin and Monahemi increased the Engineers' cushion to 11-3 with five minutes left. Curry ended its scoring drought 2:29 later when Dane Hanson redirected a feed from Harrison Fallon.

- Monahemi found Santoro after 1:14 expired in the fourth quarter, but the Colonels rattled off five unanswered goals to close out the game. DeLeary accounted for two goals, including a man-up strike, and an assist while Fallon earned a goal and an assist.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Santoro and Shin both generated hat tricks while Monahemi posted two goals and an assist. Lentine finished with one goal and two assists as senior Aidan Westley (Palos Verdes, Calif.) dished out two assists. First-year Andrew Palleiko (Hopkinton, Mass.) was 12-of-14 in faceoffs and collected nine groundballs while classmate Jay Theriault (Boxford, Mass.) went 7-of-10 in faceoffs and gathered six groundballs. Senior Adam Gumbardo (Babylon, N.Y.) totaled four groundballs, followed by three by classmate Joe Vasile (Webster, N.Y.). Senior Jameson Kief (Plantsville, Conn.) paced MIT with three caused turnovers.

- In net, sophomore Lukas Drexler-Bruce (Denver, Colo.) collected eight saves in 40 minutes of action while first-year Devin McCabe (New Castle, N.H.) made two saves in 12 minutes of play. First-year David Vapnek (San Diego, Calif.) closed out the game by turning away one shot for the Engineers.

- Nigro finished with three goals while Fallon registered one goal and two assists. Hanson scored twice for Curry as Joseph Stronach, Zachary Mozzer, and Jake Stebbins each notched four groundballs. Mike Collins amassed 23 saves while Lee Petrini produced two caused turnovers.

- MIT led the way in shots (49-29), shots on goal (35-20), groundballs (42-32), and face-off wins (19-5).

- The Engineers were 17-of-21 during their clearing attempts and 1-of-3 with an extra man.

- The Colonels were 16-of-27 during their clearing attempts and converted two of their three extra man opportunities.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will host the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday, March 14 at 1:00 p.m. Curry, meanwhile, will travel to Sparks, Maryland where it will face Husson University on Friday, March 13 at 3:30 p.m. in the first game of the New England Classic.

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