MIT Shows Some Grit, But Finishes Weekend Winless

Sept. 18, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - MIT's men's water polo team concluded its trip to Colorado Springs this past weekend by dropping its final two contests against the stiff competition of La Verne University and California Baptist. The Engineers (2-8) fell to La Verne, 9-7, before rounding out the trip with a 13-5 loss at the hands of the No. 18 ranked Lancers.

Tech started slow against La Verne, and as a result, found itself trailing 7-3 at the half. The Cardinal and Gray failed to give in, however, and behind the efforts of senior Kevin Amendt and sophomore Mike Smith Bronstein, battled back to get within two goals at 9-7. Unfortunately for the Engineers, it was a case of too little, too late, as the Leopards played keep away to close out the match.

By the time MIT played its final game of the weekend against nationally ranked Div. I opponent Cal Baptist, fatigue began to wear on the bodies and minds of the young squad. The team fought hard, but too many mistakes on the offensive end led to counter attack opportunities which the Lancers converted on their way to a 13-5 victory.

"We saw bright spots, but we made youthful mistakes. This experience should prove to be valuable as we head into league play in the coming weeks," said assistant coach Jay Fantone.

"The team is getting better. We have a lot of potential. We just need to keep plugging away," added freshman Devin Lewis, who tallied seven goals to lead the team in the four games on his way to being named to the All-Tournament team.

The Engineers will try to get back on the winning track this weekend when they host home matches against Fordham and Dartmouth on Saturday, Sept. 23, before welcoming Navy and Queens College on Sunday, Sept. 24. The games are all part of an invitational that also features squads from Boston College and Connecticut College.