PROVIDENCE, R.I. – MIT's water polo team earned back-to-back Northern Division victories this morning and afternoon against No. 13 Brown University and Connecticut College. Tech defeated the Bears, 11-9, earning their first win against Brown since defeating them last October. MIT then went onto defeat the Camels, 13-11. With both victories, MIT improves to 8-9 overall and 3-3 in conference play.
Against the Bears, MIT received four goals from junior Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) and two from classmate Matthew Orton (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) and senior Dylan Hallman (La Jolla, Calif.). The Cardinal and Gray trailed, 2-1, after the first quarter, but rallied to earn a 4-3 lead at the break. Orton, Hallman and junior Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) each found the back of the net during the second quarter, but Brown evened the score early in the third with a goal by junior Matty Gallas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) at 6:30.
Brown and MIT swapped goals throughout the remainder of the third before the Engineers pushed ahead, 8-7, thanks to back-to-back goals from Tasman at 2:57 and freshman Kyle Archer (Clovis, Calif.) at 2:14. Tasman extended MIT's advantage by two with an early fourth quarter goal at 7:21, but Brown responded with senior Henry Fox (Mercer Island, Wash.) at 6:06 to bring the Bears within one. MIT countered with back-to-back goals from senior Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Hallman at 3:24 and 1:19, which sealed the win for the visitors.
Tech continued its momentum a few hours later by earning their first win of the season against the Camels. Tasman recorded four goals, while four players scored twice. Both teams entered the second half tied, 6-6, but the Engineers netted five goals to push ahead for good.
MIT returns to action on Wednesday, October 15 when they host Harvard University at 7:30 p.m.