Amherst gets past stickmen
Lacrosse vs. Amherst
Tuesday at MIT
Amherst (7-3)[li]7^0^7^3 -- 18->
MIT (3-7)[li]5^4^4^4 -- 16->
Goals: Amherst, Kevin Minicus 6, Omar Brown 5, Robert Kwack 3, Dave Nastro 2, Ed Jarrosz 1, Matt Axelrod 1. MIT, Pat Nee 6, Dave Chang 3, Paul Dans 2, John Buck 1, Jeff Feldgoise 1, Phil Kim 1, Matt Lee 1, Will Regan 1.
Assists: Amherst, Brown 2, Kwack 2, Minicus 2, Eric Strid 1. MIT, Kim 2, Nee 2, Chang 1, Brian Luschwitz 1, Ken Shey 1.
Saves: Amherst, Chris Dietrich 10. MIT, Ken Nimitz 7.
By Adam Braff
The men's lacrosse team came out the loser in two high scoring affairs held this week, bringing its record to a disappointing 3-7. Saturday's contest, played on the grass against a talented Bates College squad, ended in a 15-9 rout by the visiting Bobcats. Tuesday's rain-soaked affair at the omniturf ended in an 18-16 defeat at the hands of the Amherst Lord Jeffs.
"We didn't come ready to play," said Engineer Coach Walter Alessi after the Bates match, "and the Bobcats were fired up after their big loss [in the previous Bates game]." MIT's lack of mental preparation quickly became apparent when the visitors jumped out to a 4-0 lead behind two goals each by senior attackmen Andrew Sheppard and E. T. Stephens. A brief MIT comeback was initiated when John Buck '89 scored with 9:10 remaining in the first period.
Bates stopped MIT's short scoring streak with a 30-foot goal by midfielder Eugene Druding, a one-handed overhead dunk, a 10-foot shot by midfielder Chris Cordella, and an off-stick-side bouncer by Stephens which just got by goalie Ken Nimitz '91. Despite Bates' obvious domination in the first quarter, MIT captain Pat Nee '89 closed out the scoring with a screened 20-foot blast off the feed from middie David Chang '89 to make the score 8-2 after the first.
In the second quarter Bates once again took charge, scoring four goals to MIT's one. The lone Engineer goal came on a left-handed shot after Chang triple-pumped and sent the ball screaming past Dana Davis, the Bobcats' goalie. Bates took a 12-3 lead into the locker room.
Each team scored once in the third quarter as the crowd of 60 looked on and cheered, largely for the visitors. Phil Kim '89 took the ball in from midfield on a breakaway and shot the ball hard and high past Davis at the five-minute mark. MIT appeared to be controlling the ball much better than in the first half, dropping fewer passes and playing strong defense.
Down by nine goals with 15 minutes to play, MIT was cautiously pessimistic going into the final quarter of play. Middie Matt Lee '91 hit from 20 feet out in the first minute, after which Bates's Sheppard whistled an empty-net goal down low with Nimitz caught temporarily out of position on the clear. Nee tallied again for the Engineers, and Lee fired in two more goals in two minutes to reduce MIT's deficit to six.
A slash called on Bates's Stephens set up one more Engineer goal, with goalie Davis ducking under Lee's 15-foot blast to make the score 14-9, Bates. With one minute remaining, Cordella put the game away for Bates with a low 5-foot bouncer, making the final score 15-9 in Bates's favor.
Coach Alessi observed afterwards that his team had "dug too big a hole in the first half," and that Bates had brought "more good players than MIT." The one high note in Saturday's game was that MIT outscored the Bates squad in the second half, Alessi said.
Tuesday's game against the Amherst Lord Jeffs was, perhaps, closer than it should have been, with Amherst playing second-string goalie Jack Shoe instead of their usual starter, saving him for the next day's sectional tournament. The wet turf provided for unusually high scoring, with both team's goalies having trouble stopping the low underhand shot.
The first six minutes marked five goals for each team, a 100-goal pace for both sides. MIT's first two goals came on a 25-footer by Chang and a fast-break goal by attackman Paul Dans '91. Captain Nee followed this with a rapid-fire hat trick, scoring three goals within two minutes from exactly the same location: directly in front of Shoe's right-hand pipe. Nee commented after the game that, although MIT tried its best, he "can't expect miracles." He finished the game with an astounding six goals.
Amherst attackmen Barry Hough and George Vasilakos scored once each later in the first, making it 7-5 in the Lord Jeffs' favor at the start of the second. MIT tallied all four second-quarter goals, Dans and Nee scoring once and Chang twice. MIT's short-lived lead was two goals at halftime.
The Lord Jeffs resumed their lead right away in the third quarter with three quick goals, two coming from Hough and one from freshman middie Jeffrey Connors. However, the the tide turned in MIT's direction once again, leading to Kim's scoring on a rebound, Dans's redirection of a pass from Nee, and Lee's bouncer under Shoe's left arm, making the score 12-10, MIT.
Unfortunately for MIT goalie Nimitz and the Engineer defense, Amherst returned the favor with four goals in five minutes. Nee brought MIT to within one goal of the Lord Jeffs with a breakaway goal at the end of the third period after Amherst's Vasilakos slashed at him and lost his stick.
With Amherst leading 14-13 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, MIT began to concentrate on offense. Hough sidearmed a 30-foot shot for the visiting team, scoring one minute before Nimitz brilliantly broke up an Amherst 3-on-1 break.
Attackman Will Regan '90 notched another Engineer goal after a very long bounce pass from an MIT defender, making it 15-14 in Amherst's favor. Two more Amherst goals preceded a left-handed 20-foot goal by middie Jeff Feldgoise '91 and a bouncing shot from the same range by Nee to keep the deficit at one goal.
After several minutes of stalling by the visiting team, Amherst's Hough drove in and scored the final goal of the game, making the score 18-16 at game's end. "It was a hell of a game," Alessi said afterwards, "and although it was a mismatch on paper, our offense played very well."
High scorers Chang and Nee waxed philosophical about their team's loss, Chang intoning that the Engineers "tried [their] best, but it takes ten men to make a team." Nee expressed his hopes that all ten would show up for tomorrow's away game against Roger Williams College. MIT closes out the 1989 season with a Pilgrim League game at Nichols College at 3:30 next Tuesday.