March 8, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT men’s lacrosse team fell to UMass Dartmouth, 10-7, in the season-opener for both teams. Ryan Ballentine tallied four points on three assists and one goal for the Engineers (0-1). Matt Leary led the way for the Corsairs (1-0), registering four goals and two assists.
After trading goals during the first 12:30 of the contest, Leary factored in to both of UMass Dartmouth’s next two goals which resulted in a 4-2 edge. Leary set-up Steve Colella for the go-ahead marker and then connected on a pass from Andrew Foster with seven seconds on the clock.
The Engineers responded with four unanswered goals in the second stanza. Corey Garvey led off the spurt with a man-up strike just 1:21 into the quarter. Dylan Roden followed, connecting on a feed by Neil Zimmerman at the 8:55 mark. Less than a minute later, a solo strike by Ballentine put MIT ahead, 5-4. The Cardinal and Gray then doubled its margin on a goal by Zimmerman that was set-up by Ballentine. Colella provided the Corsairs with their lone goal of the frame, making the score 6-5, in favor of the hosts at the intermission.
The third quarter was a defensive battle until Foster broke through with an unassisted strike at the 6:34 mark. UMass Dartmouth then took the lead for good just over a minute later on a goal by Josh Aresenault.
The Corsairs extended their margin midway through the final frame courtesy of back-to-back goals by Leary, making the score, 9-6. MIT ended its scoring drought with 4:23 on the clock when Ernie Park connected on a feed from Ballentine. Leary completed the fourth-quarter hat-trick with 53 seconds remaining.
Corey Garvey collected a game-high seven groundballs for the Engineers as Neil Zimmerman posted one goal and two assists. Dylan Roden contributed two goals while Patrick Shannon, Alex Andrzejewski, and Ebbe Strathairn each notched three groundballs. In net, Garth Grove tallied nine saves.
Aresenault compiled two goals, three assists, and two groundballs as Foster recorded two goals and an assist. Colella totaled two goals and two groundballs while Austin Savoie paced the Corsairs with four groundballs. Tarek Donnelly and Brian Weber each posted two groundballs as Cameron Crown amassed 20 saves.