Sept. 23, 2007
NEW LONDON, Conn. - MIT's water polo team, ranked fifth nationally in Division III, used a balanced offensive attack to earn a pair of victories against Connecticut College and Penn State-Behrend on Sunday afternoon in New London, Conn. The Engineers downed the Camels, 21-11, before returning to the pool almost immediately to defeat the Lions, 15-6.
Tech moved to 7-4 with the two wins and snapped a mini three-game losing streak in the process, though all three of those losses came at the hands of Division I opponents.
Junior Mike Smith-Bronstein served as MIT's offensive catalyst in both games, nothing three goals and four assists in the opening match against Connecticut College before bagging four more goals in the second fixture against Penn State-Behrend. The seven-goal output pushed the Mercer Island, Wash., native's season-total to 31, good for second on the team behind freshman John Preis, who has 38.
Sophomore Mark Artz matched Smith-Bronstein's three-goal total in the opener against the Camels, while Preis, Matt Perkins, Devin Lewis, Rob Kalwarowsky and Palmer Rosemond all contributed a pair of tallies. Gavin Darcy, Jake Rosenbluth, Grant Tomassi, Morgan Laidlaw and Spencer Williams each added a single strike to round out the scoring. The total of seven players with multi-goal efforts equaled a season high, while the 12 different scorers was the most for the Cardinal and Gray in 2007.
Hiroshi Mendoza stopped four shots while manning the net against the Camels, while Lewis and Laidlaw aided the defensive effort with three and two steals, respectively.
In the afternoon's second match-up against the Lions, the Engineers received three-goal efforts from Artz and Preis, while Kalwarowsky and Lewis each added a pair of strikes. Gavin Darcy's lone goal, combined with Smith-Bronstein's game-high four, completed Tech's offensive output.
Laidlaw, the young team's only senior, secured four assists and two steals to aid the Cardinal and Gray at both ends of the pool.
Sophomores Mendoza and Nick Souza split time in goal against Penn State-Behrend, with Mendoza making two saves and Souza contributing five. Each keeper allowed three goals.
The Engineers will have a lengthy recuperation period, as they won't play again until Oct. 4, when the team will travel to California to take on the University of Redlands and Long Beach State University in stand-alone games, as well as compete in the Claremont Convergence tournament.