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).
The Leopards opened the game with two goals during the first 4:16 that stood until MIT evened the score during the final 3:27 of the first quarter. Junior Chris Cook (Tully, N.Y.) connected on a feed from sophomore Paul Orrson (Baltimore, Md.) for a man-up score and then senior Britt Cyr (Cincinnati, Ohio) found Orrson for the equalizer with 1:07 on the clock.
Although the Engineers had a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal during the second stanza, Wentworth produced four unanswered goals to enter halftime with a comfortable 6-2 lead. The hosts then extended their margin with three more goals in the third quarter.
MIT ended its scoring drought at the 11:47 mark of the final frame courtesy of Traub's unassisted marker who then set up sophomore Luke Verdi (Middletown, Md.) less than a minute later, making the score 9-5. The Leopards replied with two quick strikes to reestablish their cushion; however, Traub connected on a feed from freshman Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) off the ensuing faceoff with 8:10 on the clock. A defensive battled ensued until the Traub-Stolzenberg collaboration produced another goal that proved be to the final tally of the game with 3:39 left to play.
Verdi contributed six groundballs and two caused turnovers while sophomore Chris McPherson (Gaithersburg, Md.) and freshman Matthew Kalinowski (Toms River, N.J.) both registered four groundballs and two caused turnovers. Cook tacked on four groundballs followed by three from Orrson. In net, sophomore Eric Bartell (San Diego, Calif.) tallied 11 saves and three groundballs.
MIT continues its road trip on Thursday, March 20 when it visits Gordon College for a 5:00 p.m. start.