Late Goal Propels Engineers Past Bears

Matt Nagle
Matt Nagle

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior Graham Davis's goal with 1:26 left in the game proved to be the game winner for MIT as they topped Coast Guard 14-13 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.

With the loss the Bears fall to 5-3 on the season and 0-1 in conference play. The Engineers improved to 5-3 overall and 1-0 in the NEWMAC.

Coast Guard freshman Riley McNulty had a game high six points with four goals and two assists. McNulty is second in the conference in assists (14) and fourth in points (31).His 14 assists is also a program record for the most in a single season. Sophomore Benner Geurtsen had two goals and an assist while senior Blaise Curtis added two goals of his own. Sophomore Jack Pope notched two points with a goal and an assist.

Davis had a team high four goals. He currently leads the NEWMAC in goals (29) and points (41). Junior Mitch Turley had three goals and an assist while classmate Jack Kelly scored three goals of his own. Freshman Jack Strachan was the only other multi-point scorer for the Engineers with two goals.

The Bears held an early two goal advantage after the first quarter at 4-2 led by two goals from McNulty, one from Geurtsen and sophomore Matt Nagle's first career goal.

MIT came out in the second period and scored the first three goals of the quarter to take back the lead at 5-4.

The Bears however answered between the end of the second and the start of the third scoring six straight goals for a five goal advantage capped off by another goal by McNulty with 9:54 to go in the third period making the score 10-5.

Just as Coast Guard had answered with a run the Engineers came back with their own scoring seven straight goals going into the final period taking the 12-10 lead.

The Bears fought back in the fourth and tied the game at 13-13 with 7:10 to go before Davis took a pass from senior TJ Burns and rifled home the eventual game winner with just under 1:30 to go in the contest giving MIT their first NEWMAC win of the season.

Sophomore Colin Cashin once again helped Coast Guard to a sizable advantage in the face-off circle (20-30) winning 16-25 on his own with 12 ground balls, his second highest total this season. As of March 30th, Cashin was eighth in the country in face-off winning percentage (.724) and 14th in ground balls per game (8.71). 

Sophomore Trey Johnson (5-3) made seven saves on 21 shots allowing 14 goals. Johnson is third in the conference with an 8.29 goals against average and fifth in save percentage (54.2) and goals allowed (60).

Sophomore Alexander Lynch (5-3) made eight saves on 21 shots allowing 13 goals. He is third in the NEWMAC with 71 saves on the year.

The Bears are back in action on Tuesday, April 4th, when they travel to cross-town foe Mitchell for a non-conference match-up. Opening face-off is 4:00.

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