March 31, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Led by Jonathan Stolmeier's three goals and two assists, the MIT men's lacrosse team notched its first win of the season following an 11-4 decision over UMass Boston on Saturday. Bobby Cusack and Robert Thayer each tallied two goals while Christopher Hanafin earned a pair of assists for the Beacons (2-1).
On the opening face off, Patrick Shannon scooped up the ball and found the back of the net to give the Engineers (1-3) a lead they would not relinquish. MIT extended its advantage to 3-0 over the next six minutes on unassisted strikes by Stolmeier and Tom Hay. UMass Boston ended the shutout with 3:53 on the clock when James McCarthy found Cusack. On the ensuing face off, Dylan Roden picked up the groundball and sprinted to the net to give the Engineers a 4-1 margin.
The Beacons narrowed the gap after 2:11 elapsed in the second quarter on goal by Thayer that was assisted by Hanafin. This was a close as it would get as Stolmeier recorded what proved to be the game-winning goal halfway through the period. He then found Brennan Sherry for an extra-man goal with 18 seconds remaining in the half that raised the score to 6-2.
The Sherry-Stolmeier connection returned just over two minutes into the third quarter. UMass Boston tallied an extra-man goal at the 6:15 mark when Cusack converted a feed from Hanafin. The Engineers responded with a man-up goal from Stolmeier inside the two-minute mark.
Early in the final frame, Corey Garvey intercepted a lob pass by a Beacon defender that was intended for its goalie. Garvey then spun around and sent a blast into the far side of the net that raised MIT's lead to 9-3. Tyler Sorba registered the first of his two goals of the quarter on a pass by Ryan Ballentine during a UMass Boston penalty. Thayer recorded the final goal for UMass Boston when he broke up a clear attempt and found himself in a one-on-one situation with MIT's goalie. Sorba capped the scoring with an unassisted goal with 1:25 left to play.
In net, Zach Brewer collected 14 saves for MIT as Shannon posted five groundballs. For the Beacons, Nicholas Eaton made four stops while Hanafin notched five groundballs.
Next up for MIT will be a home game against Wentworth Institute of Technology on Thursday, April 5 while UMass Boston will travel to UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, April 3.