Oct. 1, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT's water polo team continued its success at home this past weekend by taking two out of three matches against Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division competition. The Engineers (7-11; 2-2) defeated Queens College, 13-11 in overtime, and Connecticut College, 9-6, while dropping their match against No. 12 ranked St. Francis College, 20-2. The weekend's results pushed MIT's record at home to 7-2 on the season.
Tech made a nervous start to its slate of matches on Saturday night, holding off Queens for a 13-11 overtime victory after conceding what had appeared to be two comfortable leads. The Cardinal and Gray saw a 4-1 advantage disappear before the half, sending the game into the break tied at five. MIT then went on a tear, scoring five unanswered goals to start the second half to take a 10-5 lead, only to see the Knights return the favor, knotting the game at 10 with just four seconds to play. However, the Engineers managed to regroup heading into the extra session and pulled out the victory.
"I felt that Queens did everything they needed to do to fight their way back into the game," said head coach Felix Mercado. "I was impressed with the way they responded when they were down by five, but I am also proud that our guys were able to get focused in overtime to get us our first CWPA league game," he added.
MIT's next match took place on Sunday morning when it matched up with an overpowering nationally ranked St. Francis College squad. The difference between the experienced Terriers and the young Engineers was apparent from the outset, as St. Francis was never troubled in taking 20-2 decision.
However, Tech bounced back well and finished the weekend with a 9-6 victory over Connecticut College later on Sunday. Trailing 6-4 halfway through the third quarter, the resilient MIT squad reeled off five consecutive goals to finish the match.
The Engineers' offensive charge was once again led by freshman Devin Lewis, who tallied seven goals over the three matches. Also contributing goals were Mark Artz (six), Morgan Laidlaw (three), Phil Cassel (two), Rob Kalwarowsky (two), Kevin Amendt (one), Palmer Rosemond (one) and Oliver Venn (one).
Freshman Nick Souza was solid in net, making 24 saves, while Rob Truax made four saves of his own.
Tech's next match is Thursday, Oct. 5, when it hosts Harvard at 8:00 p.m.