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Men’s Volleyball reaches NECVA semifinals

The nationally-ranked No. 7 MIT Men’s Volleyball team reached several milestones during the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) Championship Tournament held this weekend in Hyannis, MA. The Engineers swept Newbury College (30-23, 30-15, 30-22) in the opening round on Friday and D’Youville College (30-18, 30-26, 30-20) in the quarterfinals on Saturday. That afternoon, however, the Cardinal and Gray fell to eventual champion, Nazareth College, 30-28, 30-27, 31-29. MIT’s first victory over D’Youville in eight meetings put it in the semifinals for the second time in program history (the last trip occurring in 2006). The Cardinal and Gray also recorded its first-ever 30-win season as it finished with an overall ledger of 31-8.

Matthew P. Hohenberger ’13 led MIT with 34 kills, nine aces, nine digs, and four blocks in the first two rounds. Hohenberger and Michael Demyttenaere ’10 also posted 16 and 14 kills, respectively, against Newbury.

The tournament closes out the season for the Engineers

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER staff

Men’s Lacrosse dominates Salem State

In the first meeting between the two programs, the MIT Men’s Lacrosse team registered a 14-5 victory over Salem State College on Tuesday afternoon. Corey Garvey ’10 posted a game-high five points and Daniel G. Piemont ’10 notched four goals for the Engineers, now 4-5.

MIT scored three goals in a five-minute span in the first quarter and then tacked on two more 40 seconds apart in the second to establish a 5-0 advantage. The Vikings ended the shutout with 4:28 left in the second quarter, but then Tilbury scored to give the Engineers a 6-1 lead at the half.

The Vikings narrowed the gap to six (10-4) just 46 seconds into the fourth quarter, but MIT replied with four consecutive goals that put the game out of reach. Alex W. Andrzejewski ’11 found Piemont to start the run as Garvey and Eric S. Zuk ’11 provided the next two goals. Garvey then set up Justin D. Myers ’11 for the Engineers’ final goal at the 4:41 mark. MIT next travels to face Lasell College on Saturday, April 17.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER staff