GAME OF THE WEEK Men’s Lacrosse Wins Overtime Thriller on Garvey’s Late Goal

Corey Garvey ’10 scored with 1:44 left in overtime to give the MIT men’s lacrosse team an 8-7 win over host University of Massachusetts Boston on Tuesday. With the win, the Engineers improved to 2-6 on the season while the Beacons fell to 1-6 overall.

Nick Thomo found the back of the net with 4:37 left to play in regulation to give UMass Boston a 7-4 lead, but MIT netted the final three goals of the fourth quarter to send the contest into overtime. Ryan W. Ballentine ’09 scored with 2:53 left in the fourth period to cut the deficit to 7-5, before John R. Kucharczyk ’11 scored just 61 seconds later to cut the deficit in half. Dylan F. Roden ’09 knotted the score at seven with just 16 ticks left on the clock.

The Beacons scored the first three goals of the match, which were also the only three scores of the first half. Jared Kinch opened the scoring at the 9:59 mark of the first quarter and gave UMB a 3-0 lead with 2:26 left in the first half with his second goal of the day. Peter Kovach registered the Beacons’ second goal at the 6:57 mark of the second quarter.

Garvey netted his first goal of the afternoon at 13:46 of the third quarter to put the Engineers on the board, but John Canty countered for the Beacons at 9:30 with a man-up goal to give them a 4-1 lead. Ballentine cut the deficit in half with a score just 58 seconds later, but UMass Boston came back with two more goals for a 6-2 advantage.

Thomo converted his attempt at 6:12 of the third period and Justin Mahoney found the back of the net just 40 seconds later. Erik S. Zuk ’11 beat the clock for MIT with his only goal of the game coming with just ten seconds left in the third quarter to make it 6-3. Daniel G. Piemont ’10 made it a two-goal game by recording the opening strike of the fourth quarter at 11:47 for the Engineers, before Thomo scored UMass Boston’s final goal.

Aaron Pollock stopped 11 shots for the Beacons, who were outshot, 33-19, while Garth S. Grove ’10 turned away five shots to earn the victory for MIT.

Kinch added an assist to his day for UMB, as did Canty, while Johnny Ruiz came up with two helpers. Mahoney picked up eight ground balls and Kovach added six.

Garvey and Ballentine each added an assist to a pair of goals for three points, while Zuk also tacked on a helper for the Engineers. Ballentine led the squad with seven ground balls.