SAINT LEO, Fla. –Matt Obermeyer, George Proechel, and Chris Caiazza put goals on the scoreboard as the Saint Leo men's lacrosse team engineered a 9-4 win over MIT on Wednesday afternoon at University Field. The win advances the Lions' mark to 6-5 on the season, while the MIT Engineers drop to 2-3.
Obermeyer led the game with four goals, followed by Proechel with a hat trick and Caiazza with two. Both Proechel and Robert Hutchinson earned two assists on the afternoon, while Caiazza and Alex Monteferrante dished out one each.
Patrick Berry racked up 12 saves for Saint Leo, and held MIT silent for two quarters. Berry saw a total of 25 shots from the Engineers, and 16 shots on goal.
Hutchinson came up clutch for the Lions, winning 10-of-13 faceoff attempts and collecting six ground balls to help the Lions gain possession. Middie Beau Besancenez picked up five ground balls, followed by Austin Underwood with four. Defensively, freshman Dylan D'Airo caused three of the Lions' 10 turnovers.
Christopher Rullan collected 16 saves for MIT as he faced 33 shots and 25 shots on frame. The Engineers were led in scoring by Ben Hessels, who tallied two goals on the day.
Saint Leo jumped out to a 2-0 lead with 3:52 remaining in the first quarter, but an unassisted goal from Hessels with 1:31 on the clock closed the gap to 2-1 to end the initial period. Saint Leo extended their lead to 3-1 in the second stanza, with Proechel scoring the lone goal of the quarter off of a Monteferrante assist, setting the score at 3-1 at the half.
MIT entered into the third period with a goal to pull back to within one, 3-2 with 12:51 remaining in the quarter, but Proechel fed a pass to Caiazza for the Lions' fourth goal of the game a minute later to put the Lions back up by two, 4-2.
MIT's Jake Slonaker scored off of an assist from Gabe Blanchet with 10:43 on the clock to pull back in range, 4-3, but a goal from Obermeyer with 1:52 left in the period extended Saint Leo's lead to 5-3. Despite the momentum from Obermeyer's goal, MIT managed to slip a shot past Berry with seven seconds left in the third quarter to enter into the final period down by one, 5-4.
Even with the Engineers scoring last in the third quarter, Saint Leo went on to dominate in the final stanza, outscoring MIT 4-0 to secure the 9-4 win.
The Lions led the shot count 33-25, and placed 25 shots on frame compared to MIT's 16. The Lions won the ground ball battle 35-23, and were 12-for-17 on faceoffs thanks in large part to Hutchinson.
The Saint Leo men's lacrosse team returns to action on Sunday, April 1, when they host Coker. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at University Field. For the latest news, updates, and information on the men's lacrosse team, visit saintleolions.com.