LEWISBURG, Pa. - MIT's water polo team hit the road for the Bison Invite at Bucknell University over the weekend and came away with a 3-1 record after losing to host Bucknell (18-12), and defeating Navy "B" (17-11), Notre Dame College (14-5) and Toronto University (13-9).
In MIT's first game of the weekend, Bucknell got an early lead when it scored on sophomore goalie Spencer Boone (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) 30 seconds into the start of the game and then again a minute later. After goals for MIT by freshmen Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) and Zach Nelson (La Jolla, Calif.) and juniors Andrew Dorne (Irvine, Calif.) and Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.), the Engineers were trailing behind the Bison, 10-5, at the end of the second period.
In the remaining two periods, Rogers scored two more goals, bringing his game total to four. Senior Brendan Deveney (Newton Conn.) scored once, and freshman Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) and sophomore Dylan Hallman (La Jolla, Calif.) had a pair of goals each, but the Bison remained out of reach, ending the game with a score of 18-12.
Against Navy "B" on Saturday afternoon, the Engineers got off to a good start, having a slight lead at the end of the second period, 6-5. The last two periods were even stronger for MIT, scoring 11 goals compared to Navy's seven, resulting in a final score of 17-11. Throughout the game, Cheney scored a total of five goals, Tasman netted four, Rogers scored three, sophomore Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Dorne had two apiece and sophomore Kyle Bowman (Millbrae, Calif.) scored once.
On day two of the Bison Invite, the Cardinal and Gray started things off well with a sizeable win against Notre Dame College, 14-5. Even though the Falcons scored the first goal of the game, MIT quickly got the lead and prevented NDC from making many more goals. Cheney and Tasman were the top scorers with three goals each.
In the final game of the weekend against Toronto, the Engineers started off ahead and remained in the lead for the remainder of the game, ending the game with a score of 13-9. Cheney scored five goals, bringing his tournament total to 14. Junior Michael Farid (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) and freshman Matthew Orton (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) helped further MIT's lead when they made their first goals of the tournament. Dorne, Bowman, Rogers and Hallman also added points to MIT's final score.
MIT will return to the pool when they travel to Connecticut College and St. Francis College on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 12:00 and 6:00 p.m. respectively.