CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Traveling just five minutes down the road to face fellow Cambridge and Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) rival Harvard University, the MIT water polo team fell to the Crimson in a very close game by a score of 13-10. Freshman Zach Churukian (Menlo Park, Calif.) led the Engineers with his three goals, while sophomores Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) and Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) scored two goals apiece.
Tech had a 1-2 weekend, following a 15-9 loss against Brown University and an impressive 23-3 win over Connecticut College at home yesterday afternoon. MIT is now 4-9 for the season.
Noah Harrison started things off for Harvard with a goal a minute and a half into the first period but junior Kyle Bowman (Millbrae, Calif.) quickly tied the score, burying the ball in the back of the net just 20 seconds later. With back-to-back goals by Blake Lee and Robbie Fluegge with five minutes remaining and just one for MIT by Churukian with 45 seconds left on the clock, the game went into the second quarter with a Harvard lead of 3-2.
Five minutes into the second quarter, freshman Patrick Everett (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored the lone Engineer goal during that eight minute period. MIT allowed four more goals, giving the Crimson a 7-4 lead going into the third quarter. Tech played catch up during that time, scoring three goals in a row to tie the score with three minutes remaining. Churukian scored his second goal a minute into play and scored another a minute and a half later. With one more by Tasman, the score was tied at 7-7 before Viktor Wrobel scored two goals 30 seconds apart to give Harvard a 9-7 lead heading into the final quarter.
MIT allowed three goals before being able to score one of its own at the hand of junior Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.) four minutes into the quarter. With just one more goal for the Engineers shot by Rogers with two minutes remaining on the clock and a handful of Crimson goals, the game ended with a Harvard victory of 13-10.
Freshmen Nolan Kruse (Orcutt, Calif.) and Ian Zaun (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) split their time in net, with Kruse starting off by allowing four goals and notching two blocks and a steal. Kruse took over halfway through the second period and played through the end of the fourth quarter, allowing nine goals and tallying four blocks and an assist.
For the third time this season, MIT will travel to Brown, playing a very similar lineup to this weekend when it faces the Bears on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 12:00 p.m. and Connecticut College at 7:00 p.m. The Engineers' next home game will be against Harvard on Wednesday, Oct. 16.