2014 MIT Men's Lacrosse News

May 14, 2014
Joel Santisteban Collects NEILA Academic Accolades
NEWTON, Mass. – MIT senior Joel Santisteban (Lawrence, N.Y.) represented the men’s lacrosse team as the lone qualifier for the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Senior Scholar Academic All-Region Team. In order to be selected for this team, graduating seniors must be in their final year of eligibility, have posted a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be a significant contributor on the field that resulted in a nomination for conference or regional recognition.

May 6, 2014
Men's Lacrosse Collects NEWMAC All-Conference Honors
BOSTON, Mass. – The MIT men’s lacrosse team received four post-season awards as announced by the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on Tuesday. Freshman Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) was tabbed for Rookie of the Year accolades and earned a spot on the All-Conference second team as head coach Walter Alessi was voted the league’s Coach of the Year. In addition, the Engineers saw senior Joel Santisteban (Lawrence, N.Y.) and sophomore Paul Orrson (Baltimore, Md.) receive first-team plaudits.

April 30, 2014
Engineers Fall to Babson, 10-6, in NEWMAC Tournament Semifinals
BABSON PARK, Mass. – No. 2 seed Babson College rattled off four goals in a three-minute span during the fourth quarter en route to a 10-6 victory over No. 3 MIT in the semifinal round of the NEWMAC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament on Wednesday night. Freshman Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) tallied one goal, two assists, three groundballs, and two caused turnovers as the Engineers finished the season with a record of 9-8.

April 28, 2014
NEWMAC Announces Spring Academic All-Conference Awards
BOSTON, Mass. – A league-leading 74 athletes represented MIT on the 2014 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Spring Academic All-Conference Team. The Engineers finished the year with a conference-high 166 selections, followed by Springfield College with 104.

April 26, 2014
Fourth-Quarter Rally Powers MIT Past Massachusetts Maritime, 8-6
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT generated six unanswered goals during the fourth quarter to come from behind to defeat Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 8-6, in a NEWMAC men’s lacrosse game on Saturday. Sophomore Paul Orrson (Baltimore, Md.) led the way for the Engineers (9-7, 4-2 NEWMAC) with a game-high five points on three goals and two assists. Sophomore Reed McLean (Wilbraham, Mass.) paced the Buccaneers (7-8, 1-5 NEWMAC) with two goals in their final game of the year.

April 23, 2014
Babson Tops MIT, 14-6
BABSON PARK, Mass. – Host Babson College outscored MIT, 10-4, in the second half en route to a 14-6 NEWMAC men’s lacrosse victory on Wednesday night. Sophomore Paul Orrson (Baltimore, Md.) produced two goals for the Engineers, who saw their ledger lower to 8-7 on the year and 3-2 in conference action.

April 21, 2014
Michael Traub Collects NEWMAC Weekly Honors
BOSTON, Mass. - MIT freshman Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) of the men's lacrosse team was named the NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week after tallying eight goals, five assists, and five groundballs in a 2-0 week for the Engineers.

April 19, 2014
Men's Lacrosse Defeats Wheaton, 9-6
NORTON, Mass. – Freshman Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) generated a game-high five points on four goals and an assist as the MIT men’s lacrosse team defeated Wheaton College, 9-6, in a NEWMAC battle on Saturday. The win was the first for the Engineers over the Lyons since 2007 and helped them improve to 8-6 on the year and 3-1 in conference action.

April 16, 2014
Engineers Cruise Past Emerson, 17-6
BOSTON, Mass. – For the second game in a row MIT freshman Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) generated nine points, this time on seven goals and two assists, as the Engineers defeated Emerson College, 17-6, on Wednesday. With the win, the men’s lacrosse team improved to 7-6 on the year and 2-1 in NEWMAC play.

April 12, 2014
Big First Quarter Powers MIT Past Lyndon State, 20-8
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the first meeting between both programs the MIT men’s lacrosse team outscored Lyndon State College, 9-2, in the first quarter en route to a 20-8 victory on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) amassed a game-high nine points on two goals and seven assists for the Engineers (6-6), as his assist total equaled the Institute mark set by Ryan Ballentine ’09 in 2008. Sophomore Adam Peeler (Worcester, Mass.) paced the Hornets (1-12) with two goals and two assists.

April 8, 2014
Men’s Lacrosse Edges Salem State, 6-5
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a game that saw five ties and three lead changes, a late goal by freshman Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) was the difference for the MIT men’s lacrosse team as the Engineers defeated Salem State University, 6-5, this afternoon. Neither team held more than a one-goal advantage in a contest that saw freshman Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) led MIT with three goals. Junior Max Gensenberg (Beverly, Mass.) led the Vikings with a pair of tallies.

April 7, 2014
Brother’s Inspiration Drives Harris Stolzenberg to Give Back to Boston Marathon Victims
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Across the country, NCAA Division III institutions will be participating in NCAA Division III Week beginning on Monday, April 7. The event celebrates the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community. MIT freshman Harris Stolzenberg, a starting attacker on the men’s lacrosse team, embodies the community service element of this initiative.

April 5, 2014
No. 13 Springfield Rallies to Defeat Engineers, 10-8
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three goals during the final 7:24 of regulation helped nationally-ranked No. 13 Springfield College come from behind to defeat MIT, 10-8, in a NEWMAC men’s lacrosse game on Saturday. Freshman Harris Stozlenberg (Weston, Fla.) paced the Engineers (4-6, 1-1 NEWMAC) with two goals and two assists. Junior Dylan Sheehan (Massapequa, N.Y.) also posted two goals and two assists as both of his scores came during the Pride’s (7-2, 2-0 NEWMAC) late rally.

April 1, 2014
UMass Dartmouth Defeats MIT, 13-7
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Host UMass Dartmouth outscored MIT, 8-1, in the first half en route to a 13-7 victory in non-conference men’s lacrosse action on Tuesday night. Sophomore Paul Orrson (Baltimore, Md.) generated a team-high four points on two goals and two assists as the Engineers’ ledger lowered to 4-5 on the year.

March 29, 2014
Verdi Leads Men's Lacrosse in Come-From-Behind Win over Clark
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Luke Verdi (Middletown, Md.) fueled a three-goal rally with an assist and two goals, including the game-winner with one minute left, as the MIT men’s lacrosse team came from behind to defeat Clark University, 11-10, on Saturday afternoon. In the back-and-forth NEWMAC opener that featured five ties and three lead changes, Verdi finished with a game-high five points on three goals and two assists for the Engineers (4-4, 1-0 NEWMAC). The Cougars (4-3, 0-1 NEWMAC) were led by freshman John Goracy’s (Lumberton, N.J.) hat-trick as he also picked up six groundballs.

March 25, 2014
Saint Leo Tops MIT, 14-5, in Men’s Lacrosse
SAINT LEO, Fla. – MIT held a one-goal lead at the end of the first quarter but host Saint Leo University went on to outscore the Engineers 12-2 en route to a 14-5 victory on Tuesday night. Sophomore Paul Orrson (Baltimore, Md.) paced the Cardinal and Gray with two goals and an assist as its ledger lowered to 3-4 on the year.

March 22, 2014
MIT Falls to Amherst in Florida
CLEARWATER, Fla. – In the first game during the MIT men’s lacrosse team’s spring training trip to Florida, the Engineers fell to Amherst College, 21-5, on Saturday. For the second game in a row freshman Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) was the top point-getter as he posted one goal and two assists for the Engineers (3-3).

March 20, 2014
Engineers Defeat Gordon, 12-9
WENHAM, Mass. – The MIT men’s lacrosse team outscored Gordon College, 9-5, during the second and third quarters en route to a 12-9 victory on Thursday night. Freshman Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) produced a game-high five points on four goals and one assist to go along with three groundballs for the Engineers (3-2).

March 18, 2014
Wentworth Tops Men's Lacrosse, 11-6
BOSTON, Mass. – Wentworth Institute of Technology generated seven straight goals over the course of the second and third quarters as it went on to defeat MIT, 11-6, in a non-conference men’s lacrosse game on Tuesday afternoon. Freshman Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) recorded a game-high three goals and added an assist for the Engineers (2-2).

March 15, 2014
UNE Comes From Behind to Defeat MIT, 13-11
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New England generated five unanswered goals during the final 5:15 of regulation to record a 13-11 victory over MIT in a non-conference men’s lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) paced the Engineers (2-1) with two goals and three assists while senior Patrick Wolfe (Phippsburg, Maine) led the way for the Nor’easters (3-3) with four goals and two assists.

March 11, 2014
Cook, Stolzenberg Lead MIT Past Drew, 11-8
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Chris Cook (Tully, N.Y.) and freshman Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) scored four goals each to power MIT to an 11-8 win over Drew University in men’s lacrosse action this afternoon. The Engineers tallied four goals in the first quarter and never trailed as they improved to 2-0 this season.

March 5, 2014
Engineers Edge Out Emmanuel, 8-7
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the first meeting between both programs, the MIT men’s lacrosse team emerged with an 8-7 victory over Emmanuel College on Wednesday night. Sophomore Graham Francis (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) paced the Engineers (1-0) with two goals and an assist while the Saints (0-2) saw junior Ryan Sabuda (Indianapolis, Ind.), freshman Tommy Dion (Westwood, Mass.), and sophomore Chris Curtis (Ashland, Mass.) each score two goals.

February 18, 2014
MIT Announces Coaching Changes for Sailing and Men's Lacrosse
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – At the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year, MIT sailing head coach Matt Cohen will step down from his post after eight seasons of service. In addition, men’s lacrosse head coach Walter Alessi will remain at the helm of the program as he transitions to part-time status after leading the Engineers in a full-time capacity for 40 years.

January 6, 2014
Alessi Receives Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award
BALTIMORE, Md. – MIT men’s lacrosse head coach Walter Alessi was named the Howdy Myers Man of the Year as announced by the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coach Association at its annual convention last week. The award recognizes a person who has contributed to the game of lacrosse in a capacity over and above the normal efforts and in so doing, has shown unselfish and untiring devotion to the game.