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Men’s Lacrosse Starts League Play With Blowout Win

By Brian Chase

SPORTS EDITOR

MIT Men’s Lacrosse placed itself at the top of the Pilgrim Lacrosse League on Saturday when it blew out Lasell College 16-7. As the season begins, MIT finds itself 2-1 overall and 1-0 in its conference.

MIT opened conference play this Saturday against Lasell, who had won their previous conference game against Maine Maritime Academy. MIT took advantage of its clear offensive advantage over Lasell to grab the lead and never let it go. The first goal was scored in the first quarter by Isaac B. Taylor ’05, and MIT followed that goal up with four more before Lasell finally answered towards the end of the quarter with a goal of its own.

The second quarter saw more of the same MIT dominance, as they scored three more goals in the first five minutes of the second quarter before Lasell scored its second goal with nine minutes left in the half, making the score 7-2. All these second quarter MIT goals were scored without any kind of power play, over and through all of Lasell’s defenders.

MIT was up 10-3 in the third before Lasell was able to score consecutive goals, which came quickly with 12:12 and 11:52 left in the quarter. But MIT shot Lasell down again, scoring three goals in the next nine and a half minutes while leaving Lasell scoreless. The rest of the game proceeded the same way as the beginning, with MIT scoring three goals to each Lasell goal scored.

Lasell did not help itself down the stretch when it was trying to get back in the game. During a span of several minutes in the third, three consecutive attempts from the Lasell goalie to clear the ball went out of bounds, and MIT got possession again right by Lasell’s goal. Is it any wonder, then, that MIT eventually scored? MIT did take nearly twice as many shots on goal as Lasell (46 to 25), to achieve victory, and part of that is due to Lasell’s inability to clear the ball and keep possession of it.

MIT’s team emphasis on scoring also helped them to win. Only one of MIT’s starting midfielders or attackers failed to score, and all of them had shots on goal or assists. The leading scorer was Jonathan P. Stolmeier ’07, with four points. When asked why his team had such success on the offensive side of the field, Coach Walter A. Alessi stated that “we had a really good Spring Break [team trip] ... we emphasized stickwork, and that obviously helped us score a few goals today.”

When asked what he though the teams chances were in the conference this season, Alessi opined that with the possible exception of Springfield, “the class of the league,” he thought MIT was the equal to any team in the conference. Hopefully this year’s team lives up to his assessment.