Water Polo Cruises Past Connecticut College, 9-4

Oct. 3, 2005

NEW LONDON, Conn. - The water polo team defeated host Connecticut College 9-4 in a CWPA league game on Saturday. MIT (8-7, 3-1 CWPA) jumped out to an early 4-2 lead and built on the two goal cushion throughout the game. Senior two-meter man John Rogers tallied a game high four goals, increasing his team-leading total to 40 on the season.

After cutting the Engineers lead to 4-2 by the end of the first quarter, the Camels collapsed, allowing two unanswered tallies in the second frame. With a 6-2 lead at halftime, MIT never looked back. Senior Mark Liao added another goal late in the third quarter to give MIT a five goal advantage that Connecticut College was never able to cut in to.

In addition to John Rogers four goal effort, freshman Mike Smith Bronstein netted two tallies and fellow first-year man Dallas Chase added one. Junior Kevin Amendt had a solid game with one goal and eight steals, and sophomore Robert Truax continued this stellar play this season with eight saves and two steals in net.

"Considering we weren't at full strength, we did play well on the defensive end which is great," said head coach Felix Mercado. "But offensively, we still continue to struggle with protecting the ball."

The Engineers played without their second leading scorer, senior Grady Snyder, who did not make the trip due to illness. MIT will have two weeks of intense training before traveling to Fordham University on Saturday, October 15.