September 15, 2007

No. 8 MIT Secures Fifth Straight Victory With 18-8 Triumph Over Queens

Sept. 15, 2007

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Rookie John Preis continued the phenomenal start to his freshman campaign on Saturday afternoon, scoring five goals in MIT's 18-8 win over host Queens College in each team's Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division opener. Preis now has a team-best 26 goals on the young season.

The win was the fifth in a row for the Engineers (5-1; 1-0 CWPA), who are ranked No. 8 nationally among Division III teams in this week's CWPA polls. Queens (1-8; 0-1 CWPA), on the other hand, has now dropped seven straight contests.

Though he was barely outdone by his younger teammate, junior Mike Smith-Bronstein contributed an impressive four tallies of his own to help lead the Cardinal and Gray attack. Sophomore Devin Lewis notched a hat trick, while Mark Artz and Palmer Rosemond each found the net on a pair of occasions. Morgan Laidlaw, the team's lone senior, and freshman Spencer Williams rounded out the scoring by each netting a single goal. As a result of the scoring on the day, the Engineers now boast five players with double-digit goal totals for the season.

Sophomore Nick Souza stopped 10 shots in earning his fourth victory, while the Culver City, Calif., native also contributed two steals.

The Engineers will be in action again tomorrow when they will play a pair of road games against Princeton University (11:00 a.m.) and St. Francis College (3:30 p.m.).