UMass-Boston Defeats MIT, 10-9, In Thriller
April 28, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - With 15 seconds remaining in regulation, Patrick Donlan connected on a pass from Ryan O'Rourke to give UMass-Boston a 9-8 victory over MIT in men's lacrosse action on Thursday. Donlan led all scorers with fours goals and contributed one assist. Isaac Taylor paced the Engineers (5-7) with three goals and an assist.
Matt Ficarra put the Beacons (9-4) on the scoreboard at 9:17 in the opening period. Scott Purchase evened the game by connecting on a feed from Stefano Young. UMass-Boston regained the lead when O'Rourke set up Jonathan Ruiz for an extra-man goal at the 2:23 mark. Ruiz earned an assist 40 seconds later when Christopher Hanafin scored, giving the Beacons a 3-1 advantage.
Once again, Ficarra initiated the scoring, this time feeding Donlan with 7:50 remaining in the half. Taylor posted an unassisted goal and then Tyler Sorba found Carter Powers for an extra-man goal to bring MIT within one (4-3) at 4:23. Two minutes later, Hanafin scored on a pass from O'Rourke. The Engineers responded by tallying two goals to tie the game at 5-5. Taylor set up Purchase for the first goal and then Powers recorded an unassisted score. Eight seconds later, the Donlan-Ficarra connection returned to give UMass-Boston a 6-5 edge. MIT notched the equalizer when Barnett Koryan set up Powers with seven seconds left on the clock.
The Beacons regained the lead 4:17 into the third frame when O'Rourke connected on a pass from Donlan. Six minutes later, Taylor tied the game with an unassisted goal. Donlan notched his second point of the period by scoring the go-ahead goal on a feed from Nicholi Sullo with seven seconds remaining.
The final stanza was a scoreless affair until Taylor knotted the game at 8-8 with 2:09 to go. After Donlan's goal, Tech had a chance to score but the Beacons' defense was impenetrable. In the net, Zach Brewer collected 10 saves for MIT while Nick Eaton made 16 stops for UMass-Boston.
The next game for MIT will be on Saturday, April 30 at 1:00 p.m. when it hosts Pilgrim Lacrosse League foe Western New England College.