October 7, 2011

MIT Downs Rival Harvard, 8-4

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Andrew Dorne (Irvine, Calif.) scored four straight goals during a 2:07 stretch in the third period to help lift MIT over Harvard University, 8-4, in Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) action Friday night. The win is the second straight for the Cardinal and Gray in league play as it improves to 6-11 overall and 2-1 in the CWPA Northern Division.

The Engineers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and held on to a 2-1 edge at the end of the first quarter, thanks in part to a terrific block by keeper, Columbus Leonard (Mill Valley, Calif.), at the buzzer. Tech added two more goals in the second quarter and led, 4-2 at the half.

Dorne began his scoring spree after the intermission, as the sophomore would tally four straight markers to extend the MIT lead to 8-2 and put the game all but out of reach.

The Crimson added two late scores to cut the gap but MIT was able to hold on for the win.

Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) added a pair of markers while Nikola Otasevic (Belgrade, Serbia) and Scott Stephens (Los Altos, Calif.) each found the back of the net once. Leonard totaled 10 blocks in the contest against just four goals allowed. The Engineers were also able to stave off four six-on-five situations for the Crimson while converting on two of their five man-up opportunities.

MIT is back in action in the Zesiger Pool on Saturday, October 8. Tech will host Brown University at 6:00 p.m. in a CWPA Northern Division matchup.