April 5, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Despite three goals by Wentworth Institute of Technology in the third period, MIT scored twice in the final frame to propel it to a 6-5 victory in men's lacrosse action on Thursday. Tyler Sorba paced the Engineers (2-3) with two goals and an assist while Adam Keniston and Tim Lunt each notched a goal and an assist for the Leopards (3-3).
Patrick Shannon converted a feed from Tom Hay to open the scoring for MIT with 4:32 remaining in the first quarter. Just over two minutes later, Sorba doubled the Engineers' lead after being set up by Ebbe Strathairn. Wentworth ended the shutout at the 12:52 mark of the second stanza on an unassisted tally by Henry Padden. MIT extended its advantage to two (3-1) in the next three minutes when Dylan Roden set up Brennan Sherry for an extra-man goal. The slim lead would hold through the intermission.
The Leopards cut their deficit in half after 1:45 elapsed in the third quarter on a strike from Chris Wesche that gave Keniston the assist. Hay quickly connected on a pass from Sorba which raised the Engineers' margin to 4-2. Wentworth's unassisted goal by Kyle Beck closed the gap with 9:12 on the clock. Both sides struggled to find the back of the net until Derek Rupert set up Lunt for the equalizer with 12 seconds left.
After being held scoreless for almost 15 minutes, the Engineers regained the lead when Ryan Ballentine found Sorba. Sherry registered the game-winning goal on a pass by Jonathan Stolmeier with 4:25 remaining in regulation. The Leopards answered within the next 40 seconds as Keniston connected on a feed from Lunt. Wentworth had several opportunities to tie the game, but MIT's defense thwarted any scoring attempts.
Zach Brewer collected a team-high five groundballs and made 10 saves for the Engineers. Keniston led the Leopards with six groundballs as Nick Murphy tallied 13 saves.
Next up for MIT will be a Pilgrim Lacrosse League game at Springfield College on Saturday, April 7 while Wentworth will travel to New England College on Tuesday, April 10.