Lord Jeffs run over lacrosseBy Paul Paternoster
The dismal weather was merely a sign of things to come for MIT's lacrosse team Monday, as they prepared to face Amherst in a midafternoon contest.
Like the sun trying to burn its way through the clouds, the Engineers tried to keep themselves in the game. As the game progressed, MIT showed signs of promise. Their effort was not successful, however, and as the sun disappeared behind the clouds for good, the Engineers had been defeated 12-2.
The squad fought hard in the first half. The crowd, estimated at 5-7 people, witnessed good ball control by the MIT offense. Led by midfielder and co-captain Mike Ambrogi '85, the Engineers were able to maintain possession for most of the first quarter. Mike Foley '87 and Mike Vogel '86 also played a key role in keeping the play down at Amherst's end of the field.
For the game's first 10 minutes, MIT's defense, led by co-captain Mark Brine '85, provided solid protection for goalie John Griffith '88. The Lord Jeffs of Amherst had little success penetrating the MIT fortress.
Even with this impressive early effort, the squad could not put anything on the scoreboard. The number of missed shots and unconnected passes increased with each MIT offensive drive. It was only a matter of time before the momentum swung to Amherst's favor.
The damage began after an MIT missed shot. Amherst broke out quickly, and found a weakness in the Engineer defense. They exploited it, leaving Griffith at the mercy of an Amherst player wide open in front of the net -- 1-0. With 4:38 left in the first quarter, the ice had been broken.
Little over a minute later, the Lord Jeffs scored again, after an MIT penalty.
The first quarter ended with the Engineers having little to be ashamed of. As the players huddled around Coach Walter Alessi, they were still very enthusiastic and into the game.
Back-and-forth play characterized the second quarter. Although MIT had opportunities, it failed to capitalize on them. Amherst was able to increase its lead to 3-0 early in the quarter after an Engineer defensive lapse.
Late in the half, things finally clicked for the Engineers. Vogel scored with 3:22 left, after some fancy passwork with Foley and Ambrogi, pulling the squad to within two goals of the Lord Jeffs.
The half ended on a sour note, however, as an Amherst attacker stole the ball from Ambrogi and whizzed a shot passed Griffith. The half ended with the Lord Jeffs up, 4-1.
The second half could be summarized in one word, Amherst. MIT did not display the same tenacity in the second half, and every mistake the Engineers made seemed to add one to the Lord Jeffs' score.
Amherst scored eight consecutive times before MIT's Robert Greenfeld '86 added the last goal of the game for a 12-2 finish. Rich Rice '87 and Fred Paster '87 assisted on the goal.
MIT will still be looking for its first win when it plays at home against Bates College tomorrow. Game time is 2 pm.