DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Sophomore Nicolas Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) and freshman James Santoro (Tewksbury, N.J.) each netted a hat trick and an assist for four points as MIT held off a late charge to post a 12-10 non-league college men’s lacrosse victory over UMass Dartmouth Wednesday afternoon at Cressy Field.
The visiting Engineers (4-3) raced out to a 7-0 lead over the first 20-plus minutes of play on the strength of two goals each from Gianni and junior Aidan Westley (Palos Verdes, Calif.), but the host Corsairs (2-2) collected two of the final three tallies of the first half to trail 8-2 at the break. Markers off the sticks of Santoro and sophomore Oliver Heins (Fair Haven, N.J.) in the opening nine minutes after intermission gave MIT its largest lead of the day (10-2) with 5:31 remaining in the third stanza, but UMass Dartmouth responded with four unanswered goals in less than six minutes that included a pair from junior Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) to cut its deficit to four with 11:39 to play in the match.
Goals by Gianni and sophomore Mark Heatzig (Boca Raton, Fla.) sandwiched a Prozinski tally and helped build the Engineer edge to five (12-7) with 4:02 remaining, as the Corsairs rallied with three goals in a 1:52 span from Prozinski and sophomore Tim Jordan (Sandwich, Mass.) but couldn’t close the gap further in the final 22 seconds of play.
Westley added a pair of assists to his two scores to finish with four points in the win for MIT, which received a goal and an assist each from Heatzig and sophomore Gavin Vandenberg (Elmhurst, Ill.) along with a single tally off the stick of freshman Ben Dwyer (Baldwinsville, N.Y.). Jordan finished with four goals and an assist for five points in the setback for UMass Dartmouth, which also received four scores from Prozinski as well as goals from freshmen Tom Lattanzi (Hamilton, Mass.) and Alexi Fauzey (Charlestown, R.I.). Sophomore Ty Collins (Wakefield, Mass.) and freshman Kevin Swenson (Ipswich, Mass.) added assists for the hosts, as each team had 33 total shots on the day.
Freshman Lukas Drexler-Bruce (Denver, Colo.) picked up the win in goal for the Engineers with nine saves in 58 minutes of action, while sophomore Ted McCaffery (Pepperell, Mass.) made 13 stops on the afternoon for the Corsairs. MIT held a 16-10 advantage in the face-off circle that included nine wins alone by sophomore Luke Gianni (Henderson, Nev.).
UMass Dartmouth hosts Castleton in its Little East Conference opener on Saturday afternoon at Cressy Field beginning at Noon, while MIT heads to Colorado Springs, Colo. on Monday evening to take on Colorado College in a non-league match that begins at 8:00 pm EDT.
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)