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St. Lawrence Edges Out MIT Men’s Soccer, 3-2, in NCAA Tournament

The MIT men’s soccer team saw its record-breaking season come to an end following a 3-2 loss to St. Lawrence University in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament on Saturday. The Engineers closed the campaign with a record of 16-4-2.

Both sides had several opportunities to open the scoring early, but neither squad could capitalize on its chances. An hour-long lighting delay with 1:24 left in the first half did not stop MIT’s building momentum. With four seconds on the clock, Christian W. Therkelsen ’11 sent a free kick into the top right corner for his 16th goal of the season and Institute-record 40th point.

MIT extended its advantage in the 53rd minute when Andrew M. Bishara ’09 converted a penalty kick. The senior midfielder faked St. Lawrence’s goalie, who dove left as he sent a low ball to the right side of the net.

The Saints cut their deficit in half eight minutes later on a strike by Brendan Gorman. Paul LaMarca’s shot was initially stopped by MIT goalie Thomas S. Caldwell ’09, but Gorman gathered the rebound and converted the open-net opportunity. St. Lawrence continued to attack, tying the game at two in the 74th minute on Ryan Moore’s corner kick that was redirected by Gorman. The Saints’ Paul LaMarca registered what proved to be the game-winning goal five minutes later, firing a low hard shot from 30 yards out to the right side.

Caldwell collected eight saves for MIT, finishing first all-time in shutouts (19), second in goals against average (1.50), fourth in saves (345), fifth in fewest goals allowed (65), and ninth in save percentage (0.767).

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff

Men’s Basketball Defeats Emmanuel, 80-62

In the season-opener for both squads, the MIT men’s basketball team registered an 82-60 victory over visiting Emmanuel College on Saturday afternoon. Hamidou Soumare ’08 posted a game-high 28 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the floor while collecting 15 rebounds.

MIT established a 12-6 edge just over six minutes into the contest. Emmanuel tallied seven unanswered points in a span of 1:14, capped by a lay-up from Rob Williams-Hinton. Four lead changes and three ties ensued before the Saints went up with their largest lead of the day, 22-19. The lead was short-lived, as a free-throw by Soumare coupled with a three-pointer by James M. “Jimmy” Bartolotta ’09 put MIT ahead for good (23-22) a minute later.

The Engineers opened the second half with a 20-9 run that pushed their margin to 17 (55-38) with 11:52 on the clock. Emmanuel battled back, cutting its deficit to 11 (64-53) on a pair of free-throws by Tony Carter-Hill at the 4:13 mark. The late rally would not be enough as MIT scored 18 of the final 25 points to close out the game.

Barotolotta contributed 20 points, seven steals, five rebounds, five assists, and two blocks to the Engineers’ cause. James D. Karraker ’12 notched 15 points in his intercollegiate debut while Bradley H. Gampel ’09 tallied nine points, eight assists, seven steals, and six rebounds.

Next up for MIT will be a road game at Gordon College on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

—James Kramer, DAPER Staff

CCNY Outlasts MIT Women’s Basketball, 59-50

A 17-2 second-half run would not be enough as City College of New York held on for a 59-50 victory over MIT in the first round of the 2008 UMass Boston Tip-Off Classic on Saturday. The match-up was the season-opener for both squads.

Clara J. Yuan ’09 opened the game with a lay-up at 19:21 of the first half, but it would be the Engineers’ only lead of the day as the Beavers came back with a 21-5 outburst over the next 13 minutes. Donika Rexhepi later converted a lay-up with 2:14 remaining to give CCNY its largest lead of the game (29-12), before taking a 29-16 advantage into the intermission.

The Beavers owned a 37-22 advantage with 16:06 left in the second half, but MIT put together a blistering 17-2 run to tie the score at 39-39, fueled by nine points from Yuan. The Engineers were unable to take the lead from that point and trailed, 47-45, with 3:01 to go in the contest. The Beavers responded by tallying seven straight points to take a 54-45 advantage with 57 seconds remaining.

Yuan led MIT with 15 points in addition to grabbing two rebounds and dishing for an assist while Alice S. Yeh ’09 netted 10 points and pulled down three rebounds. Kristen E. Whaley ’11 posted a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds to go with two assists and a pair of blocked shots. Amy J. Marshall ’09 posted 10 caroms and a team-high three assists as Cheryl M. Kwinn ’09 totaled nine boards. Jamie L. Simmons ’12 chipped in eight points coming off the bench.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff