BRIDGEPORT, Pa. – Freshman Nolan Kruse (Orcutt, Calif.) was named the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday evening following a strong weekend in net at the CWPA Northern Division Championships at Harvard. This is the first time that he has received this particular honor, after being named Rookie of the Week twice in October.
MIT played three very close and aggressive games on Saturday and Sunday, ending the Championships in fourth place after defeating Iona College, 11-10, falling to host Harvard, 9-6, and being edged by Brown University, 10-9. The Engineers are currently 12-14 on the season.
Against Iona, Kruse had an impressive 14 blocks and one steal, while allowing 10 goals. Later that day against Harvard, he had seven blocks, two steals and eight goals allowed. To end the Championships on Sunday, he had seven blocks, four steals and 10 goals allowed against Brown. He currently leads the MIT goaltenders with his 149 total blocks and 19 steals, while being second on the team with his three assists.
Tech's season will officially come to a close next weekend when it travels to Brown University one last time, this time for the CWPA Championships, which will take place from Friday through Sunday, Nov. 22-24. The Cardinal and Gray will first face Mercyhurst University at 11:20 on the opening day of the Championships. The remaining games and opponents will be determined depending on the outcome of that game.