Balanced Attack Leads MIT Past Gordon, 12-5

Sophomore John Kramer

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Behind the strength of a balanced attack, the MIT men's lacrosse team defeated Gordon College, 12-5, on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Chris Cook (Tully, N.Y.) paced the Engineers (1-3) with two goals and an assist while sophomore Mio Sison (Warren, Mich.) produced the same statistics for the Fighting Scots (1-6).

MIT senior Sean Burke (Centennial, Colo.) opened the scoring three minutes into the game but Gordon responded with a solo effort from freshman Roger Evans (Oxford, Pa.) at the 8:41 mark. After winning the ensuing faceoff, Cook set up freshman Luke Verdi (Middletown, Md.) for the go-ahead goal. In a span of 18 seconds, the Fighting Scots evened the score at two as a turnover resulted in a goal by freshman Jake Martin (Watertown, Conn.). The visitors then created a 3-2 edge when freshman Colin Davis (Mystic, Conn.) gathered the rebound following his initial shot and found the back of the net. Cook capped the first-quarter scoring with 45 seconds to go on an unassisted marker that tied the game at three.

Almost midway through the second stanza, junior Tim Wilczynski (Old Lyme, Conn.) went coast-to-coast to give the Engineers a lead they would not relinquish while Burke gave them some breathing room with 6:15 left in the half. A transition strike from sophomore John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn.) was followed by a solo effort from freshman Paul Orrson (Baltimore, Md.), increasing MIT's advantage to 7-3. A caused turnover by senior Dominic Dantona III (Syosset, N.Y.) near midfield led to Gordon's only goal of the frame as he passed the ball to sophomore Matt Dantona (Syosset, N.Y.) who found Sison for the score with 24 seconds remaining.

The third quarter was a defensive battle until the Engineers broke through on freshman Jonah Hessels's (Poolesville, Md.) strike with 3:26 on the clock. Exactly 24 seconds later, Cook extended the lead to 9-4 courtesy of a man-up goal.

After being held scoreless for nearly 20 minutes, the Fighting Scots capitalized on an MIT turnover that saw Sison connect on a feed from Matt Dantona. This would prove to be their final goal of the day as the Engineers generated a 3-0 spurt during the final 4:40 of the game. Moments before a 30-second violation occurred, freshman Alex Seo (Westport, Conn.) lofted a high pass from behind the net to Orrson who snagged it in the air and knocked it into the net. On the next faceoff, Kramer scooped up the groundball and quickly found sophomore Bill Kelleher (Pittsburgh, Pa.) for his first marker of the season. Sophomore Quantum Wei (Springfield, Va.) capped the scoring when he picked up a groundball on the defensive end and went directly to the net for the first goal of his career.

In net, senior Christopher Rullan (Wexford, Pa.) tallied nine saves and nine groundballs while junior Elliot Sykora (Wilmette, Ill.) posted seven groundballs. Wilczynski and Kramer rounded out the Engineers with four groundballs apiece. Junior Britt Cyr (Cincinnati, Ohio) won six of his 11 faceoffs as freshman Max Malinowski (Boise, Idaho) was 5-of-10.

Dominic Dantona III paced Gordon with nine groundballs, followed by seven from freshman Peter Kovacevic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) who also went 10-of-21 on faceoffs. Senior Houston Zemanski (Annapolis, Md.) collected 10 saves and four groundballs in the first half while freshman Cody Greenwald (Albany, N.Y.) closed out the game with eight stops.

MIT heads south for its next game as it will visit the University of Tampa on Tuesday, March 26. Next up for Gordon is a home game with Commonwealth Coast Conference foe Western New England University on Wednesday, March 27.