MIT Water Polo Exhibits Strong Effort In Conference Play

Senior Ory Tasman
Senior Ory Tasman

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's water polo team competed in four Northern Division Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) contests this weekend and earned an impressive 12-10 victory over Iona College on Sunday morning. Tech, which is currently ranked sixth in the latest Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Varsity Division III Top 10 poll, received four goals from junior Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) and three markers from classmate Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) in their victory against the Gales.  

MIT and Iona traded leads throughout the first two quarters before senior Dylan Hallman (La Jolla, Calif.) located the back of the Gales cage with 32 seconds remaining in the second session, which provided the Engineers with a 5-3 lead at the break. Senior Jake Lloyd (Sinking Springs, Pa.), who finished with a team-high four goals, helped the visitors rally in the third quarter with three tallies, but MIT answered with Tasman, who scored with half a second remaining to push the Engineers ahead by one goal heading into the final session. MIT never trailed in the fourth as they padded their advantage with goals from Tasman, Rogers and sophomore Patrick Everett (Ann Arbor, Mich.), while sophomore goalkeeper Nolan Kruse (Orcutt, Calif.) deflected two shots.  

Against No. 14 Brown University on Sunday afternoon, MIT and the Bears traded leads throughout the opening stanza before the visitors pushed ahead 11-7 at the break. During the second quarter, the Engineers trimmed the deficit when junior Matthew Orton (Los Altos, Calif.) scored with 2:47 remaining, which brought MIT within one goal. Brown countered with three straight goals before extending their advantage in the third quarter with tallies from seniors Henry Fox (Mercer Island, Wash.) and Nick Deaver (Orina, Calif,), and juniors Matty Gallas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Will Klein (Pasadena, Calif.). Tasman halted the run with back-to-back goals, including a five-meter goal with half a second remaining that brought the hosts within five. Orton and sophomore Zach Churukian (Menlo Park, Calif.) each recorded one goal for Tech during the final frame, while Deaver registered Brown's only goal of the session as the Bears claimed a 16-11 victory. 

Against Fordham University on Saturday afternoon, the Engineers overcame a 5-1 deficit at the break by outscoring the Rams, 5-2 during the final 16 minutes. Tasman tallied three second half goals, including a pair in the third quarter, and senior Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.) notched two goals at 5:43 in the third and 5:00 in the fourth.  

On Saturday evening, MIT jumped out to an early lead against St. Francis (N.Y.), thanks to back-to-back goals by Hallman and Orton. The Terriers answered with five straight goals before MIT clawed back in with markers from Tasman, Everett and Orton. Sophomore Kelly McGee (Pasadena, Calif.) and freshman Jeremy Bogle (Weston, Mass.) each netted one goal during the second half, while Churukian scored Tech's lone goal in the third at 5:15.

MIT returns to the pool on Friday, October 3 when the travel to Claremont, California for the Gary Troyer Trophy. Tech's first game will be against Caltech at 12 p.m. followed by a 7:40 p.m. contest against La Verne University.