Sept. 11, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Apparently, all MIT's water polo team needed was a little home cooking. Following last weekend's tough trip to the Navy Invite in Annapolis, Md., in which the Engineers were matched up against nationally ranked Division I opponents, the squad was surely looking forward to this weekend, which saw them host their own invitational in the friendly confines of the Zesiger Center pool. The difference was clear from the outset, as MIT (2-4) notched its first two wins of the season with a dramatic 10-9 overtime victory over Washington and Jefferson on Friday night and a more comfortable 12-3 triumph over Connecticut College on Saturday morning.
Leading the way for the Engineers was sophomore Mike Smith Bronstein, who tallied five goals in the win over Washington and Jefferson, including both a dramatic equalizing goal late in the contest and the overtime game-winner. Freshman Rob Kalwarowsky impressed for the second straight weekend, as he scored five goals total in the two victories.
Defensively, Tech was anchored by senior Kevin Amendt and junior Morgan Laidlaw. Both players were solid throughout the weekend. Rob Truax and Nick Souza split time between the pipes, each making spectacular saves to secure the victories.
Next weekend, MIT will take to the road for the second time this season. The Engineers will be participating in the Air Force Invitational in which they'll face Air Force, Brown, La Verne and California Baptist.