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Men’s Lacrosse Dirties UMass’s Spotless Record in 16-8 Upset

By L. M. Hughey

STAFF REPORTER

After having defeated Norwich University over spring break, the men’s lacrosse team stayed on the winning track by besting the previously undefeated UMass-Boston Beacons Tuesday by a score of 16-8.

Knowing that UMass-Boston possessed a spotless record and averaged 20 points per game, the Engineers were apprehensive before heading out to the turf. Team member Eli J. Weinberg ’02 said, “This was the first game of the season we actually thought we would lose going into.” There were also several players absent on MIT’s team due to injuries and other ailments.

After establishing a lead of 4-3 by the end of the first quarter, the Engineers’ confidence began to rise. By halftime, MIT’s lead grew to 11-5. UMass-Boston’s frustration augmented quarter by quarter.

In a tough break for MIT, Kurtis G. McKenney ’01 was knocked out of the game early in the first half by a sprained ankle resulting from the attack of a Beacon foe. During the previous match against Norwich, McKenney shot four goals into the net.

Many Beacons received numerous warnings and penalties for slashing, holding, and foul talking to the referees.

Top scorers for the Engineers were Matthew P. Van Horne ’02 (5 goals), Pascal F. Rettig ’01 (3 goals, 2 assists), Richard P. Weber ’03 (3 goals, 2 assists), and Peter A. Jenkins ’01 (2 goals, 1 assist).

Timothy P. Nolan ’01 covered the goal for the entire game and stopped 17 Beacon shots.

As the Engineers walked off the turf, Coach Walter A. Alessi admitted to having pregame doubts that were extinguished by the win. “Our goal [entering the game] was to simply keep control of the ball, and I think that we did pretty well,” Alessi said.

Alessi added that he was pleasantly surprised that while UMass-Boston came to MIT with a previous average of 20 goals per game, the team only scored eight goals against the Engineers.

The men’s lacrosse overall season record is now 4-2. Alessi said he is disappointed about the two losses since they were extremely tight matches. “We had a real good chance to win,” Alessi said. Within MIT’s conference, the Pilgrim League, the men sport an undefeated 2-0 record.

“We are about where we were this time last season,” Alessi said. “I’m expecting the guys to get better.”

The men’s next home game will be against Connecticut College on the turf Tuesday, April 10 at 4 p.m.