Camels Lacrosse Downs Men’s TeamBy L. M. Hughey
Last Tuesday, the men’s lacrosse team faced a difficult battle against the Connecticut College Camels, losing 15-3. After a three-game winning streak, this defeat came as a jolting disappointment.
The three goals were scored by team members Matt P. Van Horne ’02, Peter A. Jenkins ’01, and David A. Cantor ’02. Goalie Timothy P. Nolan ’01 saved nine shots.
As the Engineers walked off of the football field with their heads hung low, Coach Walter A. Alessi said, “We were just beaten by a better team. They had good chances and they finished them. We had some good chances, but we just couldn’t put them in the goal.”
Connecticut College had an easy advantage; it was equipped with twice as many players as MIT’s team. Alessi explained that “one of our co-captains, Kurtis G. McKinney ’01, was out and we lost Scott B. Mahar ’03, a starting defenseman. That hurt us.”
After the game, midfielder Eli J. Weinberg ’02 grimaced as a medical attendant ministered to the bleeding gouge in his knee. When asked about the wound, Weinberg said, “[A Camel] bit me.” The team hopes to be complete again with full manpower by next week.
Alessi remained positive, however, and afterward told his fatigued players, “We’ll get them next year.”
Men still undefeated in league play
Last Saturday the men fought Western New England College and secured a 10-7 victory. This game was an important one since WNEC is a league foe.
Top players in the game were Pascal F. Rettig ’01 (4 goals, 1 assist), Weinberg (3 goals, 2 assists), and Van Horne (2 goals).
Goalie Nolan was honored as the Pilgrim League’s Player of the Week. He blocked 17 shots against UMass-Boston, which possesses the top-scoring offense in NCAA Division III, and stopped 19 in the game against WNEC.
“It was a physical, rough game, but we were able to tough it out,” Alessi said. Weinberg agreed, “It was a dirty game.”
The men’s lacrosse season record is now 5-3 overall, but they still remain undefeated within their own league. Alessi hopes the team will end up placing at least second. First place appears doubtful, and whether the Engineers can win first depends on how the men pull through the match versus Springfield College on April 24.
“We have a shot to be number two in the league. I just don’t think that we can beat Springfield,” Alessi said after last Tuesday’s spirit-draining loss. “Just to give you an idea, Connecticut [College] lost to Middlebury 18-11, and Springfield [College] beat Middlebury 23-10. Springfield is in the top five in the country.”
All five games remaining are league matches. Alessi said the team will “just concentrate on winning the other four and then see what happens.”