October 5, 2013

MIT Water Polo Defeats Brown and Conn. College on the Road

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Traveling to Brown University for the third time since the start of the season less than a month ago, the MIT men's water polo team returned to campus with a record of 2-0 after winning against host Brown in a close game by a score of 15-13 and taking a 14-6 win over Connecticut College on Saturday. This is the first time since 2004 that the Engineers have defeated the Bears. Tech is now 6-9 for the season.

Junior Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.) got things started against Brown, scoring the first goal of the day three minutes into the first quarter. Less than a minute later, sophomore Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) scored once and senior Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) scored two goals. After allowing only two goals, the Engineers went into the second period with a 4-2 lead.

With just two goals in the second period scored by Cheney and Tasman and four Brown goals, the game went into the third quarter with a tied score of 6-6. Following three goals by Cheney and two by Tasman in the third period, Tech took an 11-10 lead going into the final quarter.

With five minutes remaining in the fourth period, Brown scored another goal to tie the game at 12-12. Senior Andrew Dorne (Irvine, Calif.) scored twice in one minute to, once again, give the Engineers a lead, the first being a counterattack goal following a direct pass from freshman goalkeeper Nolan Kruse (Orcutt, Calif.) from across the pool and the second after a foul from five meters out. With one more goal by Cheney and one by sophomore Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) with just 50 seconds remaining on the clock, the game ended with an Engineers victory.

Apart from being tied with Brown a handful of times throughout the game, MIT held onto the lead the entire time. Cheney led the Engineers with his seven goals, one of which was a six versus five goal in the second quarter, and two steals. Tasman had four goals, three steals, one assist and won two sprints. Kruse was in the cage for the entire game, allowing 13 goals and notching nine blocks, one steal and one assist.

Every MIT player saw at least a full quarter of action in the game against Conn. College, with nine different Engineers playing a hand in the 14 goals. Tasman led MIT with three goals, bringing his total for the day to seven. He was followed by Clark, and juniors Dylan Hallman (La Jolla, Calif.) and Kyle Bowman (Millbrae, Calif.), who all scored two goals apiece.

Once again, Clark scored the first goal of the game, pocketing the ball in the back of the net less than two minutes into the first quarter. The Engineers went into the second quarter with a 5-1 lead following goals by Hallman, Bowman and Tasman. MIT was held to two goals in the second quarter, scored by Tasman and Cheney, and went into the third period with a score of 7-3.

MIT came alive in the third quarter, scoring five goals within a span of six minutes. Tasman started things off with his third and final goal of the game and was followed by Bowman, Clark, Hallman and freshman Zach Churukian (Menlo Park, Calif.), all scoring one goal each. In the final period, Dorne and fellow senior Michael Farid (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) scored the lone goals, leading the Engineers to a 14-6 win over the Camels.

Tech will host its second home game of the season next Saturday, Oct. 16 when it faces fellow Cambridge rival Harvard University at 7:30 p.m.