MIT Falls to Clark, 13-5, in NEWMAC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Semifinals

Freshman Jack Strachan
Freshman Jack Strachan

THE BASICS:

- Score: Clark University 13, MIT 5

- Records: MIT (10-6); Clark (13-4)

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

- The Lead: No. 2 seed Clark University rattled off seven straight goals to break open the game and capture a 13-5 win over No. 3 seeded MIT in the semifinals of the NEWMAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament on Wednesday night. Freshman Jack Strachan (Moresville, N.C.) powered the Engineers with three goals.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Clark opened the scoring just over three minutes into the game but junior Mitch Turley (Westfield, Ind.) connected on a pass from senior Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) for the equalizer 49 seconds later. The Cougars then went ahead, 2-1, at the 9:26 mark.

- The score remained unchanged until the hosts found the back of the net 50 seconds into in the second stanza. Clark followed with two more quick strikes, building a 5-1 advantage which would hold heading into halftime.

- The Cougars increased their lead during the first minute of the third quarter. MIT slowly chipped away at the deficit as a trio of goals by Strachan narrowed the gap to 6-4 with 1:54 on the clock. This was as close as it would get as a man-up strike by Clark with 13 seconds left in the frame ignited its game-changing 7-0 run that ended with 2:39 remaining in regulation. MIT senior Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) capped the scoring with 53 seconds to go.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Stolzenberg posted two assists and three groundballs while Traub collected four groundballs. Freshman Jameson Kief (Plantsville, Conn.) chipped in three groundballs as sophomore goalie Alexander Lynch (Roswell, Ga.) registered 11 saves and three groundballs.

- Clark ended the night with advantages in shots (49-38), groundballs (34-26), and faceoff wins (13-9). The Cougars committed one less turnover than MIT (15-14) and were 18-of-19 on clears while the Engineers were 12-of-15.

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