Mit vs. Norwich
April 16, 2008
The Game Story:
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Seven unanswered goals by MIT in the second half helped propel it to a 13-4 win over Norwich University in a Pilgrim Lacrosse League game on Wednesday. Ryan Ballentine tallied a game-high eight points, including an Institute-record seven assists, for the Engineers (3-7, 1-3 Pilgrim). Drew Caplin paced the Cadets (1-7, 0-4 Pilgrim) with one goal and two assists.

MIT opened the contest with four straight goals as Dan Piemont was responsible for the first two tallies. After picking up an assist on Piemont's second strike, Ballentine found Dylan Roden 27 seconds later. John Kucharczyk recorded an unassisted goal before Caplin put Norwich on the board at the 2:31 mark.

In the pivotal second-quarter run, Ballentine notched four assists as Piemont completed the hat-trick. Kucharczyk converted a Ballentine feed for the game-winning goal after 2:46 elapsed in the frame. Less than two minutes later, Patrick Shannon grabbed a Ballentine pass from behind the net and quickly scored an extra-man goal. A give-and-go between Will Fotsch and Ballentine resulted in Fotsch's first goal of the season. With three seconds on the clock, Taylor Gilbert corralled the rebound of Austen McCrae's saved shot and registered the final tally of the half, resulting in an 11-1 lead.

Scott Pearce ended Norwich's scoring drought with back-to-back goals as Caplin earned the assist on the second effort. The Engineers extended their margin to 12-3 when Piemont posted his fifth goal of the day during an extra-man opportunity that was set up by Corey Garvey.

MIT's final tally of the game was a man-up score by Garvey that gave Ballentine his record-breaking assist. The Cadets continued to attack as Caplin found Kyle Marzeoti for an extra-man goal with 3:38 left to play.

Nick Sisler racked up a game-high five groundballs for the Engineers while Ballentine, Ebbe Strathairn, and Brian Coffey each added four. During the first 30 minutes of action, Garth Grove collected three saves as Sam Jasinski closed out the game with four stops.

Norwich saw C.J. Hamilton, Marzeoti, Nick Talcott, and Craig Van Yahres each pick up three groundballs. In the first half, Nick Bakos totaled nine saves while Nathan Huckins stopped seven shots in the second stanza.

Both teams will continue Pilgrim action at home on Saturday, April 19. MIT will host Clark University while Norwich will take on Wheaton College.