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Men...s Lacrosse Routs Cadets 19-3

By Mindy Brauer

Competing in the final home game of their careers, the members of the MIT men’s lacrosse Class of 2006 tallied 11 goals en route to a 19-3 victory over Norwich University on Saturday. Jonathan P. Stolmeier ’07 led all scorers with seven points, totaling two goals and five assists. Scott Pearce paced the Cadets (0-8, 0-4 Pilgrim) with two goals.

Scott T. Purchase ’06 opened the scoring 1:08 into the contest, connecting on a pass from Ryan W. Ballentine ’09. The Engineers (5-3, 3-2 Pilgrim) went on to score 17 consecutive goals.

Purchase along with classmate Brennan P. Sherry ’06 both finished with a hat-trick. Stefano Young ’06, Tyler G. Sorba ’07, Patrick J. Bossi ’06, and Paul J. Steiner ’07 each scored two goals while Ballentine, Robert J. Baranowski ’06, and Dylan F. Roden ’09 contributed one apiece.

Tech notched eight goals in the first quarter, followed by four in the second. MIT scored six more times, but its run came to an end when Pearce’s low shot found the back of the net at the 4:57 mark of the third quarter. Three minutes later, Drew Caplin picked up a groundball and after a successful clear, set up C.J. Hamilton for Norwich’s second point. The Cadets recorded the final goal of the game when Pearce converted a feed from John Lighthall with 12:09 left to play.

In total, Zach E. Brewer ’07 collected five saves for the Engineers. Devin Collins made six stops in the first quarter and Joe Phelan finished the game for Norwich with eight saves.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Babson

Eight first-half goals by Babson College propelled the team to a 12-6 win over MIT in men’s lacrosse action last Wednesday. Stolmeier paced the Engineers (4-3, 2-2 Pilgrim) with four goals while Jason Wellemeyer tallied a game-high five points on four goals and an assist for the Babson Beavers (2-7, 2-1 Pilgrim).

Babson wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as Mike O’Connell connected on a pass from Mike Maher within the first minute of play. Wellemeyer recorded the next two goals with O’Connell and Maher earning assists. E.J. Peterson capped the first-period scoring when he converted a feed from Matt Harrington with 40 seconds left.

Tech’s Sorba put his squad on the board with an unassisted extra-man goal at the 13:18 mark of the second period. The Beavers responded by notching the next three goals. Peterson registered back-to-back scores, the second with a man-advantage. Nick Fessenden ended the spurt with what proved to be the game-winning goal at 8:41.

Less than a minute later, Stolmeier posted his first of four unassisted goals for the game. The Wellemeyer-O’Connell connection returned with 43 seconds left in the half, giving Babson an 8-2 advantage at intermission.

A pair of goals from Stolmeier during the first five minutes of the third quarter brought MIT within four (8-4). This was as close as it would get for the hosts as the Beavers went on another three-goal run. Fessenden posted an unassisted goal, followed by Harrington setting-up Wellemyer. O’Connell tallied the final goal of the frame at the 1:16 mark.

Brennan Sherry ended Tech’s 17-minute scoring drought by capitalizing on a pass by Robert Baranowski. Stolmeier notched his final goal with 3:34 to go and Harrington closed the scoring a minute later.

Zach Brewer collected a total of 12 saves for MIT while Max Owen made six stops for the Beavers.