MIT Ends Princeton Univ. Tournament With A Win Against Iona

Junior Kale Rogers
Junior Kale Rogers

PRINCETON, N.J. – MIT's water polo team concluded its first weekend of competition by fending off a late rally its final match to earn a 16-13 victory over Iona College on Sunday afternoon at the Princeton University Tournament. Tech concluded the weekend 1-1, and picked up a 14-13 exhibition victory against Diablo Valley College, which occurred prior to their win against the Gaels. 

Junior Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) finished the weekend with 11 goals, while classmate Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) recorded eight goals. Tech's offense outscored its three opponents, 40-37.
 
In MIT's first match against George Washington University, Rogers netted four goals, including two markers in the opening session that provided Tech with a 3-2 advantage. MIT led 4-3 at the break and 8-6 after three frames, but the Colonials rallied by scoring five fourth quarter goals to secure an 11-10 victory. Senior Brian Mojica (Cerritos, Calif.) provided George Washington with a 10-8 lead with 4:38 remaining, but Tech stormed back with back-to-back goals from senior Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and sophomore Patrick Everett (Ann Arbor, Mich.), which tied the game at 10. The Colonials countered with its final tally when Bogdan Petkovic (Belgrade, Serbia) located the back of MIT's net with eight seconds remaining.
 
Rogers helped Tech rebound in its second match against Diablo Valley College by netting the game-winning strike with 1:50 remaining in the final stanza. MIT's defense fended off two late chances by the Vikings to seal a one-goal victory. Tasman scored twice in the first and fourth quarters, while sophomore Zach Churukian (Menlo Park, Calif.) chipped in two goals. 
 
Against Iona, MIT's offense registered seven second quarter goals to secure a 12-10 lead at halftime. Senior Dylan Hallman (La Jolla, Calif.) and Rogers each scored one goal in the third to push the Engineers ahead, 14-11. Freshman Kyle Archer (Clovis, Calif.) extended MIT's lead by four goals with 7:21 remaining the fourth, but the Gaels responded with back-to-back strikes to pull within two goals. MIT junior Zach Nelson (La Jolla, Calif.) halted the late surge with his only goal of the contest with three seconds reaming to secure the win for the Engineers.
 
MIT returns to action on Friday, September 12 when they travel to Brown University for the Bruno Fall Classic. Tech will take on Cal Baptist in its first match of the weekend at 7:00 p.m.