BRONX and BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In a pair of Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division contests, the No. 4 MIT men's water polo team fell to Fordham University, 14-11, and No. 17 St. Francis College, 15-14 (OT), on Saturday morning and evening. Following both setbacks, MIT falls to 12-13 overall and 4-7 in conference play.
Junior Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) notched four goals against the Rams, including his 205th goal with 4:04 remaining in the second quarter to provide him with the record for most goals in program history. Tasman sparked a 3-0 run, spanning the first and second quarters with his initial marker with 16 seconds remaining in the opening stanza. He netted his second goal at 6:46 in the second quarter before senior Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.) made it 6-3 at 5:34. Tasman scored his third goal midway through the second, which provided the Cardinal and Gray with a 7-5 lead at the break.
Fordham rallied with six goals in the third quarter, including three tallies from sophomore R.J. Simmons (Irvine, Calif.), which provided the hosts with an 11-8 lead. Junior Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.), who finished with two goals, brought the Engineers within two with 3:51 remaining in the fourth, but the Rams countered with Simons and junior Andrew Gonzalez (Glendale, Calif.) to seal the win.
Tasman, who scored seven goals against the Terriers, evened the score at 10 after three quarters of play. He notched his final goal in the fourth, while Rogers and sophomore Zach Churukian (Menlo Park, Calif.) each located the back of the goal once to force overtime following a 13-13 tie at the end of regulation. Rogers netted Tech's only goal in the extra session, but it wasn't enough as St. Francis received goals from seniors Vuk Vujosevic (Belgrade, Serbia) and Balint Toth (Budapest, Hungary) to earn a one-point victory.
MIT returns to the pool tomorrow morning when they travel to Iona College for an 11:00 a.m. start.