Men's Lacrosse Battles MIT

Photo by Keith Nordstrom
Photo by Keith Nordstrom

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's lacrosse team battled the MIT Engineers in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Wednesday evening where the Engineers went on to earn the 14-5 victory.

Senior Harris Stolzenberg produced three goals and two assists for the Engineers while sophomore CJ Leighton notched three goals and four ground balls for the Lyons. Sophomore Matt Morgan chipped in a goal while sophomore Mike Doucette collected four ground balls. 

Junior Mitch Turley put MIT on the board first after 1:10 expired and then classmate Jack Kelly increased the cushion over a minute later. Leighton cut the deficit in half with 11:18 on the clock as first-year Maxwell McLaughlin evened the score at two with 5:08 left in the frame.

The Engineers inched ahead on a strike by Turley five minutes into the second quarter but Leighton quickly replied with equalizer. MIT countered by creating a 5-3 cushion heading into halftime as Stolzenberg found the back of the net and then set up senior Michael Traub for a man-up goal.

A solo effort by first-year Jack Strachan just 28 seconds into the third quarter kicked off the hosts' game-changing run, which was capped by Strachan's man-up marker with 3:14 remaining.

Strachan completed the hat trick two minutes into the final frame, making the score 13-4. Both squads traded extra-man goals down the stretch as Leighton and sophomore Jacob Stein wrapped up the scoring.

Junior goalkeeper Joey Mitchell recorded 15 saves and five ground balls.

The Lyons host Mass.-Maritime on Saturday for a NEWMAC matchup to wrap up the regular season with game time slated for 4 p.m.

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*courtesy MIT Athletics