CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A balanced attack that saw 11 players record at least one point helped propel MIT to a 17-2 victory over Regis College in a Pilgrim Lacrosse League game on Wednesday night. Freshman Luke Verdi (Middletown, Md.) produced a game-high four points for the Engineers (3-8, 1-2 Pilgrim) on two goals and two assists. Sophomore Nick Dallas (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and freshman Nicky Rodrigo (Miami, Fla.) generated the offense for the Pride who saw their ledger lower to 4-9 on the year and 0-4 in conference action.
The majority of the first quarter was a back-and-forth affair as both sides struggled to find an offensive rhythm. MIT ended the stalemate when sophomore Jake Slonaker (West Windsor, N.J.) corralled the groundball following a saved shot and found freshman Graham Francis (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) with 4:41 left in the frame. The Engineers then rattled off three goals in the next two minutes as the rally was capped by a solo effort from freshman Ronald Heisser (San Antonio, Texas). Regis responded with a pair of shots from Rodrigo and one by sophomore Peter Leighton (Wilmington, Mass.) but MIT senior goalie Christopher Rullan (Wexford, Pa.) turned away each attempt.
The Engineers increased their advantage to 5-0 on a blast by freshman Paul Orrson (Baltimore, Md.) after 4:10 elapsed in the second stanza. The margin would hold until midway through the quarter when MIT put together another three-goal burst that concluded on a man-up strike from Orrson with 4:19 remaining before halftime.
After earning the assist on Orrson's final goal, Verdi was a factor in the Engineers' first two goals of the third quarter. He found the back of the net at the 9:34 mark and set up Francis over a minute later. Freshman Alex Seo (Westport, Conn.), who earned an assist on Verdi's goal, quickly extended MIT's lead to 11-0. A turnover over by the hosts eventually led to the Pride ending the shutout as Rodrigo redirected a feed from Leighton with 4:02 to go.
The Engineers registered three unanswered goals early in the final frame while a solo effort from Dallas came at the midpoint of the quarter. MIT then generated three goals in a span of 1:11 to close out the night.
Francis finished with a hat-trick as Slonaker posted two goals and an assist for the Engineers. Orrson and sophomore Bill Kelleher (Pittsburgh, Pa.) both scored twice while sophomore John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn.) registered one goal, one assist, and seven groundballs. Seo notched one goal, one assist, and four groundballs as senior Mike Gibson (Natick, Mass.) along with freshmen Max Malinowski (Boise, Idaho) and Chris McPherson (Gaithersburg, Md.) rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece. Junior Britt Cyr (Cincinnati, Ohio) won eight of his 12 faceoff attempts and picked up five groundballs while freshman Jake Shearman (Hertfordshire, United Kingdom) chipped in six groundballs. In net, Rullan totaled 11 saves and seven groundballs in three quarters as freshman Eric Bartell (San Diego, Calif.) stopped five shots during the last 15 minutes of action.
Freshman Andrew O'Reilly (Hollis, N.H.) paced Regis with six groundballs while classmate Jack O'Brien (Milton, Mass.) generated five groundballs and two caused turnovers. Junior Chris Campbell (South Hadley, Mass.) went 4-of-7 in faceoffs as senior Andrew Goldberg (Solebury, Pa.) tacked on three groundballs. In net, freshman Morgan Ford (Smyrna, Ga.) registered 10 saves and four groundballs.
For the game, MIT had a 27-18 advantage in shots on goal and a 48-31 margin in groundballs. Both teams split the faceoff victories while the Engineers committed four fewer turnovers than the Pride.
Both squads are on the road for their next games that feature Pilgrim League foes. MIT will visit Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday, April 20 while Regis will make the trip to Babson College on Friday, April 19.