PRINCETON, N.J. - In the fourth meeting between the two Cambridge rivals this season, MIT water polo lost to Harvard, 10-7, in its final game of the Eastern Championship. The Crimson evened the season record following a 19-7 loss and a 13-12 win during the regular season. At the Northern Division Championship, the Engineers won, 15-14, in sudden death overtime. MIT wraps up its season with a record of 11-14.
MIT jumped to a 2-0 lead early in the game when junior Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) and freshman Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) scored within three minutes of the start of the first quarter. Harvard was able to score one goal to close the gap but freshman Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) scored with one minute left on the clock, giving the Engineers a 3-1 lead going into the second period.
The lead was increased further when Cheney scored another goal at the start of the second period. Harvard scored another goal, which was answered by freshman Matthew Orton (Los Altos Hills, Calif.), taking the score to 5-2. This was met by two Harvard goals scored a minute apart, making things a little more interesting with a score of 5-4 in MIT's favor with just 16 minutes left in the game.
Just 35 seconds into the third quarter, Rogers rocketed in a shot, but was answered by two Harvard goals to draw even at six-all. MIT's final goal a minute into the final period was courtesy of Cheney, but was met by three unanswered Crimson goals, scored with four minutes remaining in the game.
Harvard's keeper Colin Woolway made ten saves throughout the game, while senior goalie Kevin Hsiue (Alamo, Calif.) made nine saves in the final game of his MIT career.