Sports Shorts

Men’s Lacrosse Holds Off UMass Boston, 9-6

Four second-half goals proved to be the difference as MIT defeated the University of Massachusetts Boston, 9-6, in non-conference men’s lacrosse action on Tuesday. Ernest I. Park ’12 paced the Engineers with four points on a goal and three assists.

Park put MIT on the board at the 6:35 mark of the opening frame by connecting on a feed from Ryan W. Ballentine ’09. Back and forth scoring led to an MIT lead of 5-4 at the end of the first half.

The third quarter was a defensive battle as Neil S. Zimmerman ’09 provided the lone marker with 9:51 on the clock, helping increase the Engineers’ edge to 6-4.

Corey Garvey ’10 and Ebbe G. Strathairn ’09 extended MIT’s lead early in the fourth quarter, but UMass Boston continued to attack, ending its scoring drought when Dale Nunn connected on a feed from John Canty. MIT added to the scoring spree courtesy of an unassisted goal by Patrick D. Shannon ’09. Solid defensive play by both sides down the stretch resulted in the final score of 9-6.

Garvey posted a hat-trick to go along with four groundballs for the Engineers. Shannon and Zimmerman each contributed two goals as Shannon picked up a team-high five groundballs. Ballentine totaled two assists while Strathairn notched four groundballs. In net, Garth S. Grove ’10 finished with 11 saves.

MIT returns to action on Saturday, April 11 when its hosts Pilgrim Lacrosse League foe Babson College.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff

Women’s Lacrosse Tops Simmons, 20-2

In the inaugural meeting between both programs, the MIT women’s lacrosse team emerged with a 20-2 victory over Simmons College on Tuesday. Casey M. Flynn ’10 paced the Engineers with eight goals and two assists while Natalie Stever led the way for the Sharks with two goals.

Flynn and Kelly Duncan ’11 opened the scoring for MIT with unassisted goals. Stever cut Simmons’ deficit in half when she buried a free position shot at the 22:18 mark. The Engineers responded by rattling off 10 straight goals during the next 19 minutes. Stever’s solo effort ended the Sharks’ scoring drought with 2:11 left in the frame. The Engineers entered the break with a comfortable 12-2 lead.

The Engineers recorded eight unanswered goals in the second half, with Flynn and Duncan each finding the back of the net three times.

In addition to her game-high scoring performance, Flynn tallied four groundballs and four caused turnovers. Duncan posted a career-high six goals as Katie Kauffman ’12 notched two goals, two assists, and five draw controls. Erica W. Little ’11 registered one goal and three assists while Lynne D. Tye ‘10 compiled six caused turnovers and a goal. Evelyn C. Cordner ’12 and Alexandra A. Wright ’11 bolstered the defense with three caused turnovers apiece as Cordner added three groundballs and a goal. Stephanie C. Leger ’11 tacked on three groundballs while Molly A. McCartin ’11 posted three saves.

MIT will complete its three-game home-stand on Thursday, April 9 when it takes on Colby-Sawyer College.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff