Clark Rallies to Defeat MIT, 11-10

Freshman Jameson Kief
Freshman Jameson Kief

THE BASICS:

- Score: Clark University 11, MIT 10

- Records: MIT (7-4, 2-1 NEWMAC); Clark (9-3, 3-0 NEWMAC)

- Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Turf Field)

- The Lead: A 7-1 run during the fourth quarter gave Clark University a lead it would not relinquish as it held on for an 11-10 win over MIT in a NEWMAC men's lacrosse game on Friday night. Nick Johnson led all players with six points as he produced six assists for the Cougars, who registered their first win in 26 meetings with MIT since the series began in 1992. Freshman Jack Strachan (Moresville, N.C.) paced the Engineers with three goals.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Strachan opened the scoring after 3:27 expired in the game but Clark generated three goals during the last 6:29 of the frame to take a 3-1 lead. Isaac Bass connected on a feed from Johnson to put the Cougars on the board while Lucas Petricone-Berg and Will Mandracchia followed with their own solo efforts.

- The majority of the second quarter was a defensive battle until MIT rattled off four goals inside the final 4:48 of the period. Freshman Aidan Westley (Palos Verdes, Calif.) recorded the only man-up marker of the night as Strachan tied the game with 1:58 left in the half. The visitors used strikes by senior Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) and junior Graham Davis (Crofton, Md.) with 22 seconds and 10 seconds remaining to enter the intermission with a 5-3 edge.

- The score remained unchanged until Bass cut Clark's deficit in half at the 6:51 mark of the third quarter. Freshman Dylan Marlborough (Cutchogue, N.Y.) won the ensuing faceoff and went directly to net, giving the Engineers some breathing room. MIT then increased its cushion to 7-4 when Stolzenberg redirected a pass from senior Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) with 1:58 left in the frame.

- A goal by Jack Goracy at the 13:18 mark ignited the Cougars' game-changing run that resulted in them taking an 11-8 lead courtesy of Mandracchia's third goal of the game with 2:49 remaining in regulation. The Engineers responded with a goal by Traub 36 seconds later and after an exchange of possessions Strachan found the back of the net with 45 seconds left to play. Clark won the faceoff and held on to the ball to secure the victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Stolzenberg finished with two goals and one assist as Davis scored twice. Junior Christian Jamison (Huntington, N.Y.) collected four groundballs while classmate David Klee (East Greenbush, N.Y.) posted three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Freshman Jameson Kief (Plantsville, Conn.) bolstered the defense with three caused turnovers and two groundballs as sophomore Alexander Lynch (Roswell, Ga.) made 12 saves for MIT.

- Brandon King recorded all four of his goals during the fourth quarter while Mandracchia produced a hat trick. Ryan MacNeil racked up six groundballs and five caused turnovers as goalie Drew Riopelle-Tyrell generated 13 saves and four groundballs. Bobby Philbin rounded out the Cougars with five groundballs and a 10-of-17 performance in faceoffs.

- Clark ended the night with advantages in shots (43-38), groundballs (34-24), and faceoff wins (15-10). The Cougars were 18-of-20 in their clearing attempts while the Engineers were 16-of-20.

UP NEXT:

- Both squads are back in action on Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. MIT will host NEWMAC foe Emerson College while Clark will travel to conference rival Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

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