CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Sophomore Luke Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) won 23-of-26 face-offs and scored the go-ahead goal with 5:52 remaining in the fourth quarter as MIT rallied from a five-goal deficit to edge visiting Babson College, 13-12, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's lacrosse action on Wednesday night at Henry G. Steinbrenner '27 Stadium.
Babson, which has dropped two straight games, slips to 8-7 overall and 4-2 in league play, while MIT improves to 9-7 overall and 4-2 in the NEWMAC.
Junior Matthew MacCune (Braintree, Mass.) and sophomore Mason O'Hanlon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) both scored three times, while classmate Ethan Carpenter (Orlando, Fla.) finished with two goals and three assists for the Beavers. Fellow sophomores Jack Tague (Fairfield, Conn.) and Will Messner (South Kingstown, R.I.) both recorded two caused turnovers, junior Thomas Calvert (Melrose, Mass.) and sophomore Quinn Schomp (Duxbury, Mass.) each scooped up four ground balls, and junior Christopher Aranalde (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) made eight saves in the loss.
Sophomore Gavin Vandenberg (Elmhurst, Ill.) led all players with five goals and classmate Mark Heatzig (Boca Raton, Fla.) scored three times for the Engineers. Gianni won all 13 of his second-half face-offs and scooped up 21 ground balls on the night, while first-year Lukas Drexler-Bruce (Denver, Colo.) turned away nine shots in the win.
MacCune scored three times in the first quarter and Carpenter set up O'Hanlon to give the Green and White a 4-2 advantage less than three minutes into the second. Heatzig tied it with back-to-back tallies at the 9:27 mark, but O'Hanlon scored twice and Schomp contributed a goal and an assist as part of a five-goal run that gave the Beavers a 9-4 lead at the half.
Junior Brendan Duffy (Duxbury, Mass.) scored at 10:37 of the third and MacCune set up Carpenter's first tally of the night with 1:07 to go in the stanza as Babson maintained an 11-6 cushion. Gianni won the next three face-offs and MIT scored three times in the span of 1:35 to pull within 11-9 on first-year Jack Montinaro's (Riverside, Conn.) goal just 1:11 into the fourth quarter.
Carpenter pushed the Beavers' lead back to three with 11:52 remaining, but Jonathan Monahemi (Great Neck, N.Y.) scored and then set up Vandenberg's marker to get the hosts within 12-11 with 6:42 left. The Engineers tied it 45 seconds later on Heatzig's third goal of the night, and Gianni won the ensuing face-off and scored in transition to give MIT its first lead of the night with 5:52 to play.
Drexler-Bruce made a save on junior Owen Allen (Franklin, Mass.) following a penalty with 3:04 remaining, and held the ball for the final 91 seconds after forcing a turnover with less than 2:00 to play.
Both teams close out the regular season on Saturday as Babson travels to Coast Guard at 3 p.m., while MIT visits Clark at 6 p.m.
• The Beavers are 30-14 all-time against MIT but have lost in each of their last two trips to Cambridge.
• Three of the last four games between Babson and the Engineers have been decided by a single goal.
• With two assists in Wednesday's loss Allen now has 101 points for his career.
• Senior Samuel Mishkind (Chappaqua, N.Y.) scored once on Wednesday night and is now tied for second place on the Beavers' career goals list with 127 tallies.