ANNAPOLIS, Md. – In a rematch of the 2014 Division III Eastern Championship, the 10 seeded MIT men's water polo team fell to seventh seeded Johns Hopkins University, 14-8, on the first day of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (Championship), hosted by the United States Naval Academy. With the setback, MIT dips to 14-16 overall, while Johns Hopkins improves to 13-11.
Senior Johnny Beal (Upland, Calif.) provided the Blue Jays with an early lead when he netted back-to-back goals at 6:49 and 4:12 in the first quarter. MIT junior Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) sliced the deficit with his only goal of the contest with 52 seconds remaining in the opening session, but Johns Hopkins countered, scoring three of the next five goals to secure a 5-3 lead at the break.
Junior Matthew Orton (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) and freshman Jeremy Bogle (Weston, Mass.) evened the score at 5-5 with early third quarter goals before the Blue Jays pushed ahead with tallies from Beal and senior Wes Hopkins (Reading, Pa.) at 6:30 and 5:19, respectively. MIT evened the score again with two consecutive goals from Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.), but Johns Hopkins responded with a 6-0 run, spanning the third and fourth quarters to seal the win.
Johns Hopkins finished the contest with 36 shots, while MIT registered 31. Tech registered two power play goals, including one from Tasman and one from Bogle. Johns Hopkins netted one power play goal, a strike by Hopkins in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore goalkeeper Nolan Kruse (Orcutt, Calif.) turned away a season-best 15 shots, while freshman John Wilson (Hillsborough, Calif.) recorded 13 saves. Tasman led all scorers with five goals. Hopkins and junior Langdon Froomer (Los Angles, Calif.) each paced the Blues with four goals.
MIT returns to the pool tomorrow at 12:45 p.m. when they take on Northern Division foe Iona College.