Men's Lacrosse Uses Second Quarter Run To Top UMass Boston

Freshman Jonathan Monahemi
Freshman Jonathan Monahemi

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 17, UMass Boston 9

- Records: MIT (3-2); UMass Boston (2-2)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)

- The Lead: Trailing by a single goal after 15 minutes of play, the MIT men's lacrosse team outscored UMass Boston 7-1 in the second en route to a 17-9 non-conference victory over the Beacons on Saturday afternoon at Jack Barry Field.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

-  MIT jumped out to an early 4-1 lead midway through the opening stanza as junior Mitch Turley (Westfield, Ind.), freshman Aidan Westley (Palos Verdes, Calif.), classmate Jonathan Monahemi (Great Neck, N.Y.) and junior Graham Davis (Crofton, Md.) all found the back of the net over the first 7:38. For Monahemi, his goal marked the first collegiate marker for the freshman.

- The Beacons answered with four straight goals of their own including two on the man-advantage to take the 5-4 lead after one quarter, but MIT's offense stepped up in the second by outscoring UMass Boston 7-1 to make the score 11-6 at halftime. The run saw Turley score his second and third of the contest as well as man-up goals by Davis and Westley.

- Over the second half of the contest, MIT doubled up UMass Boston by a 6-3 score securing the 17-9 non-conference win. The Engineers were a perfect 2-for-2 on the man-up advantage over the final quarter and were 6-for-9 on the day.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Davis led the way for MIT with four goals and two assists this afternoon. In all five games for the Engineers this season the junior has scored at least three goals. Turley and freshman Jack Strachan (Moresville, N.C.) both registered hat tricks as well for the Engineers as both now have 13 goals this year, which ranks third on the team.

- Defensively, freshman midfielder Dylan Marlborough (Cutchogue, N.Y.) scooped up a team-high seven ground balls, while sophomore Eddy Garcia-Montes (Miami, Fla.) caused a team-best three turnovers. In addition, Marlborough was 15-for-30 at the face-off X.

- MIT sophomores Alexander Lynch (Roswell, Ga.) and Victor Fink (Haverford, Pa.) split time in between the pipes for the Engineers as Lynch earned the win (3-1) and made four saves, while Fink stopped the ball four times on seven shots faced.

- The Engineers held a 37-33 advantage in shots, a 31-28 margin in ground balls, went 19-for-22 in transition, which included a perfect seven clears in the fourth quarter and went 6-for-9 on the man-advantage. Marlborough won all 15 of MIT's face-offs, while the Beacons split time between two student-athletes to account for their 15 victories.

UP NEXT:

- Both teams return to action this coming Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. MIT heads across the river for a non-conference match against the Saints, while UMass Boston welcomes Rivier University in an out of league contest.

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