Men’s Lacrosse Team Tops Wentworth 19-9By Brian Loux
The Men’s Lacrosse team topped Wentworth 19-9 Saturday to even their record at 1-1.
“We were more determined, intense and mentally prepared on Saturday,” said Coach Walter Alessi. “It was great to get strong contributions from our freshmen and our strong veteran nucleus.”
The Engineers were quick to draw first blood in the high scoring match. Two goals from Eli J. Weinberg ’02 and Isaac B. Taylor ’05 in just over a minute of play put the Panthers in an early hole.
There was trouble in the second quarter as Wentworth went on a 3-1 run, reducing MIT’s lead to only one at halftime. But the Engineers went on to widen the lead in the second half, finishing with a 10-point win.
Midfielder David A. Cantor ’02 and Taylor allowed the rest of the team to breathe easier with four and five goals, respectively. Consistent pressure from the front lines caused the young Panther defense to buckle early and often as the Engineers found they could successfully dodge two or more defenders on their way to goal.
Defense shuts down Wentworth
The Engineers displayed some superb defense even without starter Chester K. Bai ’02. The quartet of Brent M. Schreiber ’03, Scott B. Mahar ’03, Brian C. Alvarez ’02, and Chris W. Wilmer ’02 forced the seasoned Wentworth offense to take only outside shots for most of the game. Goalie Christopher Ng ’05 played his part in stopping the attack with 14 saves on the day.
The key to MIT’s success was the ability to win the ground ball situations. The slippery turf combined with the aggressive MIT defense begot many changes in possession. Both MIT defense and midfield capitalized on these opportunities. The defense totaled 16 loose balls while the midfield turned many of their 25 ground ball wins into scoring situations. Weinberg led the pack with 8 ground balls to his name.
MIT’s offense also forced hurried situations on the other side of the field. The Panther defense was often unable to clear the ball out of their own zone. Attackman Carter Powers ’05 made it his personal mission to get in the face of the opposing goalie, which resulted in many scoring opportunities for MIT. Powers had five goals for the day.
Senior attackman Matt P. Van Horne ’02 had a career first with more assists than goals, finishing with three assists and only two goals.
The Engineers face another tough matchup at home Wednesday against Endicott. Next weekend, they will travel to California to face UC Santa Barbara and Berkeley.