Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineers
The MIT Engineers finished the 2013 season with a 5-10 record, and a 3-3 record in the Pilgrim League. Last spring marked the final spring of lacrosse for the Pilgrim League. The Engineers will be moving into the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference, with the former members of the Pilgrim League. This marks the 40th season for head coach Walter Alessi with the Engineers. MIT lost their final game of last season in the Pilgrim League semi-finals at Springfield 4-13. Heading into the NEWMAC this spring, the Engineers have high expectations. They are returning almost all of their starters expect for goalie Chris Rullan, who played in last springs 2013 North-South All-Star game.
The MIT Engineers are returning five of their six top scorers from last season. Some of those players are Chris Cook, Paul Orrson and Luke Verdi. Cook a junior attack had 22 goals and 4 assists; Verdi scored 12 goals and dished out 7 assists. While Orrson a 2nd team All-Pilgrim League selection in 2013, is a sophomore midfielder who scored 18 goals and 5 assists. Anchoring the defense will be senior defenseman Joel Santisteban. He was a 2nd team All Pilgrim League selection last spring while scooping up 13 groundballs and having 6 caused turnovers.
A favorite this spring in the NEWMAC looks like the Springfield Pride. According to coach Alessi, “they were a young team in 2013 and return nearly everyone.” A dark-horse this spring seems to be Babson. The Beavers have a lot of good athletes on their squad. A player we will be keeping our eye on this spring is Ryon Lynch from Springfield. Lynch is a senior attack, which was the ECAC Division III New England Region, Player of the Year.
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