SALEM, Mass. – Jeremy Fanning scored twice in the final 3:41 of regulation to break a 5-5 tie and propel Salem State University to a 7-5 victory over MIT in a men's lacrosse game at Alumni Field on Tuesday afternoon. With the win, the Vikings improved to 6-4 on the year while the Engineers evened their record at 4-4.
Britt Cyr put MIT on the board by scoring off the opening faceoff, but Greg Shidler connected on a feed from Ryan Gendreau to even the contest six and a half minutes later. Dan Piemont, who would finish with a hat-trick, intercepted a pass in front of Vikings' goalkeeper Brendan Gill and beat him on the left side to give the Engineers' a 2-1 edge after one period.
Gendreau registered the equalizer at the 12:13 mark of the second stanza; however, Piemont put MIT ahead three minutes later. Goals by Gendreau and Robert Mulroy resulted in a 4-3 halftime lead for Salem State.
Christopher Rullan kept the Vikings off the scoreboard in the third period as the Engineers regained a slight advantage. Will Waste and Piemont each recorded scores to give MIT a 5-4 margin which held for most of the fourth period until Brandon Cali sparked the Vikings' late rally by burying the tying goal with 6:34 left to play.
Gill made15 saves against 20 shots to earn the win for Salem State, which has won five of its past six games. Rullan suffered the loss while stopping 14-of-21 shots faced.
The Vikings next travel to Plymouth State for a Little East match at 12:00 PM on Saturday. MIT will host Babson also on Saturday at 8:00 PM.
Courtesy of Salem State University Sports Information