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MIT Lacrosse Falls In Season Opener

By L.M. Hughey

Last Tuesday, the men’s lacrosse team played its first official game of the season, against Tufts University. Although the Engineers led for most of the match, the Jumbos were able to pull together a rally in the final quarter to take the contest 14-10.

The Engineers dominated during the first three quarters, despite the din from the exceptionally rowdy Jumbo fans equipped with loud insults and pots and pans. Tufts was unexpectedly charged with newfound aggression in the final quarter, turning the game around.

MIT was expecting a tough dual. Last year, the Jumbos had defeated them 12-6.

MIT began the game with a solid start. Timothy P. Nolan ’01 fiercely defended the goal from Tufts attackers. Peter A. Jenkins ’01 broke through the Jumbos’ defense and drove in two balls during the first quarter.

Kurtis G. McKenney ’01, David A. Cantor ’02, and Eli J. Weinberg ’02 followed Jenkins’ precedent, scoring two, one, and one goals respectively. Jenkins popped in another goal before halftime was called, leaving the score at 7-4.

In the second half, however, Tufts began plowing the turf and continuously breaking through the MIT defense. Jenkins, Cantor, and Matthew P. Van Horne ’02 each fired in one shot apiece while Nolan hung tough at goal. The Jumbos excelled most in the last ten minutes of the game, bringing the final score to 14-10 in their favor.

Coach Walter Alessi, previously 4-22 all-time against Tufts, said that “they simply had more depth than we did.”

Come cheer on the Engineers as they battle Curry on the turf at 3:30 p.m. today.