September 14, 2013

Water Polo Ends First Day of Bruno Fall Invitational With Record of 2-1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For the second weekend in a row, the MIT water polo team traveled to Brown University for a weekend full of games. On the first day of the Bruno Fall Invitational on Saturday, the Engineers fell to the University of the Pacific with a score of 20-3, won against Connecticut College, 18-7, and narrowly fell to Brown, 14-10.

In the first game against Pacific, Balazs Erdelyi scored the first goal of the game just 30 seconds into the first period, but sophomore Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) countered that by scoring a goal less than a minute later, tying the score at 1-1. Tech, however, was not able to get their hands on the ball much during the remaining few minutes and ended the first period trailing 7-1.

Twenty-nine seconds into the second quarter, senior Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) scored MIT's second goal, lessening the gap slightly. The Engineers only allowed two goals during that time. Sophomore Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) scored MIT's third and final goal in the third period. After being held to zero goals during the final eight minute period, the game ended with a Pacific victory of 20-3.

Against Connecticut College, sophomore Matthew Orton (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) put MIT on the board within the first minute of play. This goal was quickly followed by two more shot by Rogers and junior Dylan Hallman (La Jolla, Calif.) and, with only one goal scored by Robert Spencer from Conn. College, the Engineers entered the second quarter with a 3-1 lead.

MIT continued with this same enthusiasm for the rest of the game. In all, 10 different Engineers contributed to their 18 goals, with senior Michael Farid (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) and Hallman being the only ones on Tech's team to score three goals each. Rogers, Dorne, Tasman and Orton scored two goals apiece.

In the final game of the day against Brown, MIT started the first few minutes of the first half tied with the Bears but slipped a few points behind after that. Freshman Patrick Everett (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and junior Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.) scored their first goals of the series during the first eight minutes, with Everett going on to score two more goals throughout the remainder of the game. He and Tasman were the only Engineers to score three goals apiece. The game ended with a Brown victory with a score of 14-10.

MIT will return to action for the second day of the Bruno Fall Invitational tomorrow when it faces Cal Lutheran at 11:00 a.m.