CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT nearly came up with its first win over Brown University since 2004, at it lead for most of the first half and tied things up as late as 2:20 remaining, before ultimately falling, 7-6, to the Bears in Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division action on Saturday night. With the loss, the Engineers are now 6-12 overall and stand at 2-2 in the CWPA North. Brown, who is ranked 23rd in the latest CWPA national poll, improves to 8-5 and picks up its second win in league play (2-1).
Trailing by one in the final minute, Tech was looking to regain possession for one final scoring chance but Craig Cheney was whistled for an ejection with just 10 seconds left on the shot clock, all but icing the game for Brown.
Matt Chapa (Baytown, Texas) scored the tying goal for the Cardinal and Gray with just over two minutes remaining, evening the score at six. However, Brown would strike back with the game-winner with just 59 seconds remaining in the game and would hold on for the win.
MIT led 2-1 after the first period and extended its advantage to 3-1 thanks to a 5-meter penalty shot by Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.). Brown would rally late in the second quarter to lead 5-4 at the half. Scott Stephens (Los Altos, Calif.) evened things at five with his goal late in the third quarter.
Columbus Leonard (Mill Valley, Calif.) had an excellent game for MIT, making a number of key stops, including a pair during a six-on-five situation in the second.
MIT will be back in action next weekend, with a pair of CWPA games on Saturday at the Zesiger pool. The Engineers will host Connecticut College at 12:00 p.m. before taking on St. Francis College at 7:15 p.m.