Score: MIT 7, Emerson 4
Records: Emerson Lions (2-12, 0-4 NEWMAC) / MIT Engineers (8-6, 3-1 NEWMAC)
Location: Cambridge, Mass.
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
The Lead: Freshman Skyler Celotto (Westport, Conn.) netted two goals with the Emerson men's lacrosse team rallying late with four goals, but it was not enough as the Lions were edged out by MIT, 7-4, in NEWMAC men's lacrosse action on Wednesday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Celotto finished the night with two goals and three ground ball pickups as sophomore Jiwon Kim (McLean, Va.) produced two caused turnovers.
- Junior Austin DiPietro (Clermont, Fla.) went 7-for-13 in the face-off X and collected five ground balls.
- Freshman goalie Malcolm McGrath (Ridgefield, Conn.) shouldered the loss in net for Emerson and came away with a new career-high 22 stops.
- James Santoro paced MIT with three goals, one assist and three ground balls, while Ben Dwyer produced six ground balls and two caused turnovers, Aubrey Toland notched two ground balls and two caused turnovers and Mitchell Galer won seven of 14 in the face off circle
- MIT held the upper hand in shots (43-24) and ground balls (24-18), while Emerson ended the game with the 8-7 edge in face-off wins.
- The Lions were 15-of-25 during their clear attempts and went 1-for-3 with a player advantage, while the Engineers went 13-for-15 during their clearing attempts and did not have any extra man opportunities.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The first quarter began as a defensive battle between Emerson and MIT as McGrath made six stops before Andy Shin put in the game's first goal at the 7:03 mark (1-0).
- The score remained unchanged until Liam Miller found the back of the net just over a minute into the second quarter that was followed up with goals from Santoro and Oliver Heins as the hosts held a 4-0 lead at the half.
- Santoro buried his second goal of the night after 2:05 elapsed in the third stanza (5-0) as Emerson was ended its shutout at 9:34 on Celotto's first marker of the game and a strike by senior Jared Brush (Detroit, Mich.) (5-2).
- The Engineers got some breathing room after Santoro's hat trick completing goal with 7:55 on the clock (6-2) before another defensive battle ensued through the remainder of the frame.
- Matt Heatzig ended the scoreless streak at the 13:39 mark in the fourth (7-2).
- The game went back-and-forth until Celotto buried a man-up goal that was set up by sophomore Tim Doyle (San Diego, Calif.) with 3:55 remaining (7-3).
- Emerson then capped its scoring off with 25 ticks left on junior Austin Franklin's (New Bedford, Mass.) goal (7-4).
- Emerson heads back home to take on Wheaton (Mass.) at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20.
- MIT hosts Springfield on the same day with a 1:00 p.m. NEWMAC meeting.
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