November 6, 2011

Water Polo Takes Fifth at CWPA Northern Championship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT water polo team posted a 2-1 record over the weekend at the Collegiate Water Polo (CWPA) Northern Division championship and earned fifth place in the tournament, thanks to an 11-7 win over Fordham University on Sunday morning. Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) led the squad with 10 goals in three games as Tech also downed Connecticut College, 12-4, on Saturday night while falling to Harvard University, 11-10, in overtime.

In the fifth-place game, the Cardinal and Gray used a big third period to take control of the game, outscoring the Rams, 3-1, in the frame and taking an 8-5 lead into the final quarter. The Engineers were able to take advantage of their man-up situations, scoring five goals following Fordham ejections. Nikola Otasevic (Belgrade, Serbia) led the way with a pair of six-on-five tallies. Columbus Leonard (Mill Valley, Calif.) came up big in net for Tech, stopping 13 Fordham shots on the day.

On Saturday night against Connecticut College, eight different Engineers found the back of the net, led by Cheney's three scores. Andrew Adams (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Dylan Hallman (La Jolla, Calif.) each added a pair of markers. Leonard and Kevin Hsiue (Alamo, Calif.) split time in net, combining for 11 blocks.

Tech dropped its opener to rival Harvard, 11-10, in a hard-fought overtime battle. The win sent Harvard into the top half of the tournament bracket and ensured the Crimson a spot in the CWPA Eastern championship in two weeks. Andrew Dorne (Irvine, Calif.) and Cheney led the team with three goals against Harvard while Hallman and Matt Chapa (Baytown, Texas) pitched in two.

Tech sees its season come to an end with an overall record of 10-15. The Engineers are well poised to continue improving under first-year coach Mark Lawrence, as they will return their top four scorers from 2011, including Cheney, who paced the squad this year with 50 goals as a sophomore.