Men’s and women’s lacrosse teams take Tuesday

Women crush Rams 20-12, Men beat Leopards 9-6; Wacker breaks Institute records

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Benjamin D. Hessels ‘14 leaps over a defender in Tuesday’s lacrosse game at Steinbrenner Stadium against the Wentworth Institute of Technology. The Engineers won 9-6 over the Leopards, their second win in the three games so far this season.
Christopher A. Maynor—The Tech
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James C. Slonaker ’15 strides past a defender in the second half of the game. Slonaker scored four goals against Wentworth in Tuesday’s game.
Christopher A. Maynor—The Tech
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William M. Kelleher ’15 drives to the goal late in the game Thursday evening. Kelleher made an assist early in the first half.
Christopher A. Maynor—The Tech

Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Framingham State

On Tuesday afternoon, MIT’s Women’s Lacrosse scored a huge victory over Framingham State, beating the Rams 20-12 and bringing MIT’s record to 1-4. MIT’s confidence brought on an early 7-2 run, which the Rams fought to bring down to 7-6 just short of the end of the first half. The first half included remarkable scoring by Laura M. Wacker ’13 who amassed three goals, and Katie M. Kauffman ’12, who had two. With the help of Molly E. McShane ’13’s two free position goals, the Engineers ended the half at 9-7.

Early on in the second half, the Rams cut down MIT’s lead to just a point. However, the Engineers began to dominate following back-to-back goals from Kaitlyn L. Nealon ’14. Although the Rams attempted to narrow the gap once more, the Engineers persevered after three straight goals from Wacker and two more from Nealon.

Wacker’s eight goals and three assists for a total of 11 points broke Institute records for total points in a game, with the previous record being 10 points from Tracy Sadowski ’99.

The Engineers will next play at Smith College for its NEWMAC opening game on Saturday, March 24.

Men’s Lacrosse Dominates Wentworth

On Roberts Field this Tuesday afternoon, MIT’s Men’s Lacrosse battled through multiple ties and lead changes to achieve a 9-6 win against the Wentworth Leopards. In the first quarter, James C. Slonaker ’15 and Gabe V. Blanchet ’13 opened up the scoring, leading the Engineers on a 2-0 run. Wentworth quickly fired back with a massive offensive attack, outscoring MIT 3-0, and ending the first quarter at 4-3.

The second quarter was marked by intense defensive strategy, with only one allowed goal coming from Slonaker.

Sean E. Burke ’13 brought a renewed energy to the Engineers, scoring the first goal of the third, but the Leopards answered back with two more goals. In the last-four-and-half minutes of the quarter, however, Slonaker turned up the heat, scoring two consecutive goals with MIT entering its first man-down situation and ending the quarter at 7-6 for the Engineers.

In the fourth quarter, the Engineers managed to hold off Wentworth for good with strong defense led by Christopher B. Rullan ’13 who had four saves. An early goal from Slonaker and two more from Michael A. Gibson ’13 and Burke sealed the game for the Engineers at 9-6, bringing the team’s record to 2-1.

MIT will next play against the University of Tampa in Florida during spring break on March 25 at 7 p.m.